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How to Disinfect Water Dispenser Spigots

As of the writing of this article, we are smack dab the Coronavirus pandemic. Among the 1 million new worries we have as a result of this experience, disinfecting is near the top. Clorox wipes are impossible to find. Alcohol is even harder to come by. And we are saving hand sanitizer for healthcare workers.

Luckily, most of us still have access to regular old bleach. In a quote from, Dr. Paul Pottinger says, ‘Bleach is very effective at killing the coronavirus, as well as virtually every other germ on the face of the planet.”

In this article, we will teach you how to make an easy spray bleach cleaner to disinfect your water dispenser spigots. Plus, there will be enough left over to clean all the other top touch points in your home or office.

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  • Empty spray bottle
  • Funnel or a measuring cup with a pour spout
  • Gloves


  • ¼ C bleach
  • 2 Tbsp laundry soap
  • water


  1. Add the bleach to an empty spray bottle. Brand new is best, but if you repurpose a Windex bottle or something similar, be sure to rinse it thoroughly. Mixing bleach with any other household cleaners is a bad idea.
  2. Fill the bottle with water to about 2 inches from the top.
  3. Add the laundry soap.
  4. Fill the rest of the way with water.
  5. Shake well.

Now you are ready to disinfect your water dispenser spigots. Spray a light coating of your mixture on all sides of the spigots and wipe with a clean rag. Bleach is a potent agent that can affect the taste of your water therefore, you should also wipe the spigots again with a clean wet cloth. Then, dispense a small amount of water through the spigots to ensure thorough rinsing.

This simple bleach spray can be used to keep your water dispenser spigots germ free. It also works great for doorknobs, light switches, and other frequently used touch points. But, make sure your area is well ventilated and your hands are covered with gloves.

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