How To Clean Ice Maker With Vinegar

How To Clean Ice Maker With Vinegar

If you’re looking to clean your ice maker with vinegar, but are unsure of where to start, look no further than this easy-to-follow step-by-step guide.

You will learn how to properly get your ice maker ready for cleaning, which supplies you’ll need, and exactly how to use each supply as you make your way through the ice maker cleaning process. It’s as simple as it gets! And best of all? Your ice maker will be cleaner than ever after only 9 steps!

1) Unplug your ice maker

You don’t want to risk shocking yourself, so turn off your ice maker and unplug it from its power source. A word of caution: If you have an older model that uses a cord for its power source, don’t use your cleaning supplies on it; call a repairman instead.

While you’re at it, make sure your refrigerator is unplugged as well. You don’t want any fluids spilling in there!

2) Mix vinegar with water in equal parts

Mix vinegar with water in equal parts (one part vinegar, one part water). Pour enough of that solution into your ice maker to completely submerge all of its components. Let it sit for an hour, then drain.

After you’ve drained out as much of that liquid as possible, run a few cycles of fresh water through your machine until you’re certain all traces of vinegar have been removed. Bonus: If you have any of that solution left over, save it to use on some stains on your carpet or furniture—it should help remove them!

3) Pour mixture into the ice maker tray

First, fill a container with equal parts vinegar and water. If you are using ice trays that are made of plastic, be sure not to use hot water; you don’t want to leave residue on your ice maker. Instead, use warm or room temperature water.

Pour your mixture into an ice tray and place it in your freezer. Once frozen, pour out each cube into a separate bowl or directly into a pitcher for more convenient access (depending on how much ice you need).

Since you don’t want any liquid left behind in the bottom of your dishwasher, pour any excess liquid into another container for future use.

4) Let it soak overnight (12 hours)

Pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into a bowl or container big enough to hold your ice maker. Make sure you choose a container that has a lid because it will release toxic fumes during its cleaning process, and you don’t want to breathe in those fumes!

Cover it with a lid, place it on your kitchen counter, and walk away for 12 hours. It might be hard to stay away from for so long but just imagine how clean your ice maker will be when you get back!

5) Drain vinegar out of tray

Fill a tray with about half water and half vinegar. Place it in your freezer, right on top of your ice cube trays. Allow it to freeze overnight or until solid. The next day, drain out all of that vinegar-water solution into a jar or bowl.

Use either paper towels or a sponge to get it all out—be careful not to spill! (Reserve the leftover liquid for another use; it makes an excellent window cleaner!) If you don’t have enough room in your freezer for an extra tray, just pour a little vinegar into some ice cube trays instead.

You can also look for specially-designed ice cube trays with large holes that are made for freezing liquids rather than cubes and have space to fit multiple liquid cubes at once.

6) Fill tray again with plain water

Fill your ice trays with water, making sure to fully submerge all of your cubes so they have time to begin dissolving. After about 20 minutes or so, check on your newly formed pieces. If any pieces look cloudy, dump them and re-fill with fresh water for another try.

Continue doing so until you’ve managed to make clean ice that looks as good as new! Be careful—you may want to let go of your cubes as soon as you finish adding in water because it can be difficult to grab hold of them once they’re dissolved. Plus, no one wants a splashing armful of undissolved ice!

7) Run ice cubes through dispenser until clean water comes out

First, turn off your ice maker and run a few ice cubes through it to make sure that no remnants of dirty water are left in it. Also, do an additional cycle of cleaning just to be safe. Then take a half cup of vinegar and run it through your dispenser for about 2 minutes until you get clean water coming out.

This should work to clean all residue from inside as well as get rid of that bad smell caused by mold or mildew growing inside. Repeat steps 1-5 if necessary. Once you have completed these five easy steps and cleaned your ice maker, you will have no more worries about mold or mildew growth on your next batch of fresh ice cubes!

8) Use baking soda and water mix to clean overflow channel.

First, check your overflow channel to see if it needs cleaning. If there is a lot of ice buildup, use vinegar and baking soda to get it clean again. Grab an old toothbrush and a bucket for mixing. Take 1⁄2 cup of baking soda and pour it into your overflow channel so that it covers all of the internal components.

Then take 1⁄2 cup of vinegar and put it directly on top of where you just poured in baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes while letting them work their magic, then come back and use your old toothbrush to gently scrub away any residue that may be left behind.

9) Rinse thoroughly, let dry, plug back in, and enjoy fresh clean tasting ice!

No, you don’t have to call a repairman or buy a new ice maker. All you need is vinegar, water, and some rags. These three ingredients are all you need to keep your ice making machine clean and ready for a fresh batch of cubes in no time at all.

Here’s how to do it 1. Unplug your ice maker before starting any work on it! This will prevent electrical shock and short circuits that could damage your appliance further. If you can’t find where your plug is located, flip over an empty bucket under your unit and look for a cord coming out from underneath. Once you find it, unplug!

Final Word

The first step to making cleaner ice is to remove any ice currently in your freezer. Make sure that you are using distilled vinegar and do not dilute it with water. After you have removed all of your ice, place a bowl or container under your icemaker.

Then, pour one cup of vinegar into your icemaker’s water tray, close it up and wait 15 minutes before restarting it.

Run some more water through just to make sure that you get rid of all traces of vinegar and then, let the cubes fall into a clean bowl. Keep repeating these steps until there is no more mold on any of your new ice cubes! Happy cleaning!

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