I try to keep up on cleaning my water cooler. Recently i was tasting and smelly a musty oder in my water, I kno the dangers of mold. I had been using a DIY cleaning method I found online. Still i was smelling this oder and specks of white film where despencing out. So after finding out more hidden dangers I did more exploring, Put together my own solution to my problem. Today Im happy w/my results. My water has never been clearer and better tasting, and I also used this method on my coffee maker.
1The dangers of mold and mildew. If You have the time google dangers, and causes of illnesses even death.
2Empty and unplug cooler.
Heat 1 cup vinegar add to cooler add 1 more cup water w/2 tbs baking soda let sit for 2 hours. Empty Repeat vinegar process save a bucket of vinegar water baking soda and clean rag to wipe inner resevour and outside of cooler along with wiping and cleaning spouts (i actually used q-tips to clean out spouts)
3After 2 cleanings keep fillin water resevour with warm water and emptying in bucket, prolly going to take repeating 5-6x. You will see all the stuff it releases.
4My finale step. I add a bottle of club soda and let sit for hour. empty and repeat filling with water step 2-3x. Might take a day or 2 but well worth the safety of you and your family.