You would think that your dispenser wouldn't get dirty because water constantly flows through it. Well, you thought wrong. Without proper cleaning, your water dispenser could become a breeding ground for mold, yeast, and even e-coli. 
So, if you want to ensure your family’s safety, we recommend disinfecting your water dispenser regularly. In this blog post, we’ll show you basic steps that you can easily follow.
5 things to do before cleaning your dispenser
Before we teach you how to clean a water dispenser, here are four pointers you need to remember:
Review your water dispenser manual
Most of the time, manufacturers provide cleaning instructions in the manual. So, we recommend reading yours to see the guide specifically designed for your water dispenser.
Unplug your water dispenser
Before doing anything else, you should unplug your water dispenser. You’re about to work with the inner parts of the machine. So, it’s safe to disconnect it from the power supply.
Know the basic types of water dispensers
Most homes in the Philippines have these types of water dispensers:
Top-loading water dispensers – Because the jug is sitting upside-down on the dispenser, gravity dispenses the water.
Bottom-loading water dispensers – The jug is loaded to the bottom of the dispenser. It comes with a pump that draws the water out
Prepare the cleaning materials and products
Note: We understand that many Filipinos prefer natural cleaning products. However, when it comes to disinfecting, vinegar is only 80% as effective as bleach . So, if your goal is to sanitize your water dispenser, we recommend using Domex multi-purpose cleaner.
Clean Your Water Dispenser Regularly
Indeed, it’s easy to learn how to clean a water dispenser. However, once you know the process, make sure that you do it regularly. Don’t forget to clean and disinfect your dispenser at least twice a year. This way, your family can enjoy clean water that meets the Department of Health’s standards for drinking water quality .
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