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If you’re lucky enough to get a refrigerator / freezer with an ice maker, I’ve come to tell you that it’s absolutely disgusting. As annoying as an empty ice cube tray is, I’ll take it any day to see what’s going on inside the automatic ice maker in your freezer. Now that I have addressed this nasty problem in your kitchen, here’s how to fix it.
The principle of cleaning your ice maker
If your ice maker pulls out a smelly, fun-tasting ice cube, it’s time to give it a serious scrub-down. Honestly, even if your ice is not smelly or foul-tasting, your ice maker should be on your spring cleaning list.
Refrigeration experts say you should clean your ice maker at least twice a year. And if you have hard water, you should clean it more often. This is because solid water deposits can form in the coil, which can affect the ice formation process by preventing the coil from accumulating water.
1. Remove residue and unplug
Before you begin, clean and unwrap all unwanted items from your fridge and freezer. Your ice maker may be nasty, but those old residues behind the fridge aren’t helping. A cleaner will make the best flavored ice, while bad old food can transfer its odor and taste into cubes – coarse!
Next, unplug the fridge and transfer everything to a cooler so you can clean the ice cube bin.
It is possible that this part could be pulled right from the freezer like a drawer. Or, you may have to soften it before removing it.
Once you get the bin out, throw the ice in the sink. And if there is anything else you can easily remove – such as a drip tray – go ahead and do it
2. Using warm, soapy water or baking soda
To clean bins and other removable parts, use a washcloth and warm, soapy water. Or, you can make a clear solution by dissolving two tablespoons of baking soda in one gallon of hot water.
When you have finished cleaning these parts, wash them thoroughly and set them aside to air dry. Make sure they are completely dry before you return them to the freezer!
When you have a warm washcloth in your hand, use it to remove frozen ice from an ice maker. You can use an ice pick to do this, just be careful not to do any damage.
Once all the ice has been removed from the ice maker, use a washcloth and a solution of warm, soapy water, or equal parts water and diluted white vinegar to clean the outside.
Remove the parts you can, and then grab an old toothbrush to reach the parts that the washcloth can’t. When you are finished, use a dry cloth to remove the remaining moisture.
3. The final step
Before you put everything together, check your ice maker’s water filter to make sure it doesn’t stick to all those minerals. In addition to affecting the performance of your ice maker, a dirty filter will affect the taste of your ice.
Finally, plug in your fridge again and let your ice maker run its cycle two or three times while throwing the cubes away. Then, let your screaming clean ice maker go back to making the clean, delicious ice you deserve.