Caring For Insulated Coolers

| April 16, 2011

There is so much to do in the spring and summertime. Just about any activity is a great excuse to grab your friends and get outside to enjoy the weather. Whether it’s a picnic, a hike, or just a day at the beach, you’re going to need beverages to keep you from getting dehydrated and you’re going to have to eat. Plus, who doesn’t love to a cold bottle of water and a sandwich while lounging on a white sandy beach? Insulated coolers make keeping your food and beverages cold possible. However, there are some things to know about these frosty items before you purchase yours.

First of all, when you are keeping your food and beverages cold with insulated coolers, pack food that’s already cold inside of them. Putting room-temperature bottles of water in a cooler isn’t going to make the bottles any colder than they were before.

It’s also important to keep insulated coolers in the shade. When a cooler is sitting under the sun’s burning rays, parts of it can melt. If you’re picnicking, try to arrange yourself near a shady spot. You can also cover the cooler with a light colored towel.

When you are going on a picnic, you’re probably going to take perishable items with you. This might be anything from a jar of mayonnaise to a turkey sandwich with cheese. Even though the whole idea of insulated coolers is keeping your food cold, you should never leave perishables in a cooler for extended periods of time. If you’ve already eaten and have to leave those leftovers in the cooler while you’re still enjoying the day, you will need to throw them away once you get home.

Lastly, while caring for your cooler while you’re using it is a good idea, it is of paramount importance that you clean the cooler once you’re completely done with it. Just like a car or other item, keeping a cooler clean affects its reliability. To do so, you can use bleach water or you can clean it with alcohol-based wipes. Even once you clean the cooler, you must dry it out completely. Leaving a wet cooler in a moist environment can cause mold and mildew to grow, ruining the cooler. In order to totally dry out your cooler’s tiny scratches and cracks, wipe it out and then set it out in the sun for a few hours.

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