How To Clean Mold From Portable Ice Maker

How To Clean Mold From Portable Ice Maker

Mold can be both unsightly and unhealthy, but it’s easy to get rid of. While different types of mold require different cleaning techniques, there are some steps you can take in every instance to make sure you remove the mold from your portable ice maker effectively and safely. Cleaning mold from your portable ice maker can be done in just 9 steps!

1) Mix vinegar and water

Vinegar is a natural and non-toxic solution that is both economical and easy to use. Just mix one part vinegar with three parts water (1:3 ratio) and clean! Use a spray bottle or sponge. Test your mold-killing concoction on an inconspicuous area of your machine first just to be sure you don’t have any adverse reactions.

Then, wet down all surfaces with your vinegar mixture and let sit for about 10 minutes. Wipe down with a wet sponge (or paper towel) until dry then let air-dry for about 24 hours before putting it back into service or storing away for next year.

2) Add baking soda

Baking soda can be used for many things and removing mold from a portable ice maker is one of them. If you notice that your portable ice maker has a lot of mold built up on it, then you will want to clean it as soon as possible. Baking soda makes cleaning easy because it absorbs odor and moisture.

To do so, make sure that you sprinkle baking soda on all parts of your machine. After doing so, wipe off with a damp towel or rag until no more residue is left behind.

3) Pour mixture into portable ice maker

Once you have your cleaner mix and portable ice maker ready, it’s time to combine them. In a spray bottle, add about 2 ounces of water, 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.

If you want a stronger mold-fighting solution, increase these amounts; if you want a milder one that cleans less thoroughly, decrease them. Then top off your portable ice maker with cool water.

You may need to add more than 8 ounces (or just fill it up) depending on how much space there is between your ice cubes—if they are small then use more cleaning mixture so that each cube gets enough mixture on it as possible.

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4) Wait 15 minutes

If you’re at home, run a fan while your portable ice maker is off. Wait 15 minutes to make sure that mold has stopped growing on your machine. Once you’ve waited, add a solution of hot water and laundry detergent (around two tablespoons).

Then use an old toothbrush or scrub brush and give your machine a good scrubbing! The grime should come right off. Rinse with cold water before using again.

If you do find that there’s still some gunk left behind on your portable ice maker, follow these cleaning steps: make a diluted bleach solution (one cup bleach mixed with three cups of water), then pour it into an ice cube tray and set it inside of your freezer for five hours.

5) Rinse all with water

To help avoid mold buildup, remove the ice tray and clean it frequently with warm water and mild soap. Do not use bleach or harsh detergents as they will damage your ice maker’s plastic parts.

For portable ice makers that do not have removable trays, rinse off all of your machine’s surfaces with water—inside and out—as often as possible. Again, do not use strong chemicals to wash your machine since they can damage its components.

6) Pat dry with paper towel

Do not use regular towels as they can absorb water and make things worse. The best thing you can do at home is dry it off as much as possible with paper towels. Do not throw away your ice maker, call a professional instead.

Putting it through its paces: Turn on your portable ice maker for about 24 hours to see if it will run normally or keep running until it stops working completely. If there’s still a problem after 24 hours of trying, then check out another step from our list below.

7) Enjoy clear ice cubes again!

If you’re like most people, it can be difficult to make ice at home. You have limited freezer space, but if you have a portable ice maker then you don’t need much. As soon as that alarm sounds, toss a few cubes into your glass and pour yourself something cold!

But cleaning them is another matter. If you’ve been using your portable ice maker for some time now, there’s no doubt that it has begun to collect mold.

8) Sanitize inside as well as outside

The best way to remove mold from a portable ice maker is by leaving it open overnight, allowing moisture to evaporate and reducing moisture-related issues.

To ensure proper evaporation, ensure that you are using an anti-microbial cover; if you don’t have one, create your own by spraying anti-microbial cleaner onto a towel or other cloth and placing it on top of your portable ice maker. Once completed, do not place any food into your portable ice maker until it has been properly cleaned.

9) Leave portable ice maker open overnight

Although portable ice makers will clean themselves periodically, letting them go longer than 12 hours may allow mold to grow. The first step is leaving your unit open overnight. This will dry it out and kill off any bacteria that’s accumulated inside.

Disinfect: To fully eliminate mold, you’ll need some elbow grease—or some disinfectant and a little time. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning with a solution made specifically for killing molds.

If you don’t have one, or are unsure of what it might be called, an all-purpose household cleaner should do just fine. Spray down your machine and let it sit for a while so that all of the areas are thoroughly coated with disinfectant.

Final Word

Molds are more than just a hazard for allergy sufferers. Some molds release harmful toxins that can trigger a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea and headaches.

Molds can grow on virtually any surface, so homeowners must take extra care when cleaning around these contaminants. The following is a list of tips that you should follow when dealing with mold on your portable ice maker:

1) Turn off electrical appliances nearby, including fans and dehumidifiers. 2) Wear protective gloves and clothing while cleaning. 3) Ventilate areas by opening windows or doors during cleanup efforts. 4) Remove all contents within 5 feet of moldy area.

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