Cooler Care for Pelican Coolers
- Water (most likely from a hose)
- Sponge/Scrub Brush (do not use steel wool or abrasive scouring pads on your cooler)
- Dish detergent
- Baking soda (optional)
- Bleach (extra, extra optional; not recommended for soft coolers)
- Vanilla extract (optional)
How to Clean Your Hard-Sided Cooler
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Tips for Cleaning Extra Tough Messes
After you’ve cleaned your cooler with dish detergent, break out the baking soda. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the damp interior of your cooler. If you need to, add a little water to create a paste that you can scrub your cooler with. Baking soda will be abrasive enough to clean up any crusty messes and work up light stains without leaving marks on your cooler. Once you’ve finished your scrubbing, rinse out your cooler again. Be thorough so you get all the baking soda out before you leave the cooler to dry.
Sometimes, it’s important to take extra steps to make sure your cooler is both clean and sanitized. Once your cooler is fully cleaned, sanitize your cooler’s interior (and exterior if necessary) with a dilution of 1/3 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. Then let your cooler dry out again. A few notes on using bleach safely:
- Nevermix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners!
- Always wear protective (nonporous) gloves and eyewear when using bleach.
- Always use bleach in a well-ventilated area and try not to inhale the fumes.