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The inside of a cooler can be less than appetizing at the end of a beach day: chances are, you bring home a hodgepodge of empty cans and food packaging (since you should not leave these on the beach!), melted ice, sand and soggy crumbs. If you're using the cooler the next day, discard the trash, and rinse the cooler with a hose and leave it open to allow it to dry. If your cooler is very dirty, if you've been using it for several days without a thorough washing, or if you're putting it back into storage, it will need a more detailed washing. Clean the inside and outside with a solution of warm water and mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid. Use a paste of baking soda and water to remove tough stains from the inside. If your cooler is plagued by stubborn orders, you can use a diluted solution of chlorine bleach and water. If odors remain, Coleman (a cooler manufacturer) suggests wiping the interior with a cloth saturated with vanilla extract, and leaving the cloth in the cooler overnight. Air-dry the cooler with the lid open before storing.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|