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Keep It Cool, Then Keep It Clean

Coolers are a fantastic household item – they are a lifesaver when tailgating, attending the kids’ sports games, attending holiday cookouts or any number of other fun outdoor activities involving food or drinks. Of course, with the moisture that comes with storing ice, cold food and beverages – and the inevitable delay of cleaning them out after a long, fun day outside – you can be left with stain and odor-causing bacteria, as well as mold and mildew.

Simple Solution

For general cleaning in between each use, empty the cooler completely, wipe down all surfaces with warm water and a mild soap, then wipe it clean. Allow the cooler to dry with the inside exposed before storing again.

To remove odors, apply white vinegar to a clean cloth and wipe the inside of the cooler. Afterwards, you can just let the vinegar dry completely - no need to wipe off!

If you find mold and mildew in your cooler, fill the cooler with water and a half cup of bleach. Allow the solution to sit for an hour, then rinse thoroughly and let dry outside in the sun, if possible.


Best Solution

The best solution for keeping a clean cooler is to purchase one with built-in antimicrobial product protection, such as Rubbermaid coolers with Microban®. These coolers will stay cleaner in between cleanings, and last longer.

Microban® Protection



For nearly 80 years, the Rubbermaid® brand represents innovative, high-quality products that help simplify life. From its original line of simple, durable housewares, Rubbermaid has developed a major presence in a wide array of categories ranging from home and garden to seasonal and commercial products. Recognized as a “Brand of the Century”, Rubbermaid is one of only 100 companies named as having an impact on the American way of life. Rubbermaid treats their hard-sided cooler liners with Microban® Antimicrobial Technology for an added level of cleanliness protection.

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