Hello again my friends!
At the end of our last summer camping trip of 2018, as I was putting away the gear in the garage, i asked the then 8 year old to take our coolers to the back yard to clean them out. I specifically said to use the hose and give them a good rinse. Now, I thought he would be excited to hose them out because I’m forever telling him not to use the hose or waste water. He did take the coolers to the back yard…..but did not clean them.
Unfortunately for me, I was the unlucky one that opened the unclean cooler (Which I thought was clean) in March 2019. I was assaulted by the worst smelly smell ever! Evidently there was an open pack of hot dogs in the cooler still with 2 lonely hot dogs… from July! So, so so gross.
I assumed my cooler was ruined…and probably my stomach too. But, a little trial and error and I ended up not only restoring the cooler back to its original white but the smell was eliminated too!
So here are my top 3 ways to clean and deodorize any cooler:
Option #1 Baking soda and lemon
One of the easiest ways, I think, to clean up your cooler is to give it a good scrub with baking soda and water. For tough stains and spots, I make a paste with the baking soda and let it sit for a while first and then scrub. I have been known to add a drop or two of lemon EO to the paste to help with getting it white again.
After scrubbing it all, then let it dry. If you can, in the sun is a great idea but if that’s not an option just dry it thoroughly with a kitchen towel. I love the Norwex kitchen towel because it hold so much water! (almost a liter, actually)
Option #2 Norwex Cleaning Paste
Option #3 DIY Orange Vinegar Spray Cleaner & Baking soda
I hate the smell of vinegar! It smells incredibly gross to me, but I cannot deny it’s cleaning power. So, I make orange vinegar and it cuts the smell down a bunch. it’s super easy to make.. it just takes time:
- Orange peels from about 2 large oranges
- 1 Jar with lid
- Cram all the peels in the jar (if it’s not enough for your jar and you need to wait for more peels; keep your jar in the freezer)
- Fill the rest of the jar with white distilled vinegar.
- Put your lid on and let it sit for 2 weeks. (I kept mine in the fridge during this time, but it’s not necessary)
After two weeks open the jar and strain out your vinegar. I added a few drops of orange EO at this point before adding it to a glass amber spray bottle. I topped the spray bottle off with water and gave it a good shake to mix it together! Done!