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How to Disinfect Water Dispenser Spigots

Spring’s arrived, urging us to throw open windows, sweep away winter’s dust, and scrub our surroundings clean. This year, disinfecting is a priority, alongside our usual spring cleaning routine. And don’t forget about those often-neglected spots, like cleaning the spigots of a water cooler.

But guess what? You don’t need fancy products. Just grab some bleach. Whip up your own powerful disinfectant spray. It’s all you need to tackle those pesky germs.

removing empty bottle to clean a water cooler


  • 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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