How to clean an esky … kitchen helper


Esky, cooler, chilly bin, cool box - whatever you call it, chances are you’ve got an insulated cooler at home that gets a good workout every summer carrying food and drinks for barbecues, picnics, camping, and days at the beach. But if you’ve every forgotten to clean your esky you’ll know that they can get a bit smelly because of the damp environment inside created by ice or ice-bricks. Let’s take a look at the best ways to clean them to get them summer ready.

Start by rinsing out the cooler and then pour about 5 centimetres of warm, soapy water into the bottom. Use a soft cloth or sponge to work the soapy water into the corners and around the drain hole, giving the whole esky a good scrub. Drain the water and rinse well, then leave to air dry with the lid open. If there are stubborn stains or odours, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and gently scrub it around the esky, paying particular attention to the stained areas. Rinse and air-dry.

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