Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on many surfaces, such as your clothes, dishwasher, and even inside your ice maker. Mold needs moisture to survive and thrives in moist or humid areas. A common sign of mold in your ice maker is water leaking from the bottom or sludge in the ice bin.
This may be because the mold has created holes and leaks inside the machine. When you remove mold from your ice maker, make sure you wear gloves and eye protection because it can be dangerous if you inhale it or touch it with your hands. Here are some steps to follow when removing the mold:
Identify the mold
Use a disposable test kit to determine if you have mold. These are easy to find at home improvement stores. Most kits include a “mold catcher” that you place over the mold to determine if it is a mold-prone type of mold, such as pseudosphaeric.
These are usually grayish, rough-textured molds that are most commonly found around dishwashers. Mold washes off easily with dish soap, so wipe down the mold catcher and let it dry before disposing of it. Mold catchers are meant to be removed when you clean the inside of the ice maker, so the mold won’t affect the outside.
Ask your supplier for a mold removal kit or get a kit at a home improvement store. Find the leak Since molds thrive in moist and humid areas, you should find the water leak before you clean the mold.
Remove any standing water or sludge inside the bin
Clear out any leftover debris from the inside of the ice maker Clean the filter on the unit Clean the bristles on the ice maker with a disinfectant cleaner If mold is present, clean it out of the machine Look to replace the filter every three to four months, which is a good amount of time for mold to grow and develop before you notice it.
To make sure the ice maker is running efficiently, add a new filter in each of the four compartments at least once a year. Once a filter is placed in the system, clean out any debris that may have collected inside the bin. Avoid washing any dirty dishes with dirty water from the ice maker because it can contaminate the water.
Disinfect the area
It is important to clean your appliance and the surrounding area before you attempt to remove the mold. Although it is better to use a professional, you can disinfect the area using solutions like water and white vinegar. If you don’t have access to a professional mold cleaner, vinegar, water, dishwashing liquid, and lemon juice can help you remove any mold that is found inside the ice maker.
Use a plastic scraper: Another way to clean the ice maker is to use a plastic scraper to remove the mold. The ice maker unit itself is made of plastic, and the plastic will pull out the mold if you press it. However, if you use a sharp object on the ice maker, it may scratch and damage the plastic. This is why it’s a good idea to use a plastic scraper instead of touching the device with your hands.
Wear gloves and protective eyewear when removing the mold
Make sure the seal around the ice maker door is intact before removing the mold Pour hot soapy water inside the ice maker Remove the freezer door and collect the water Rinse the freezer with clean water to remove mold Use a dehumidifier or a cleaner to clean and sanitize the machine
Check your ice maker by turning it off and removing the cover. The only type of cooking appliance that can easily be disinfected with bleach is a pressure cooker. If you are a heavy user of your pressure cooker, you know how devastating a high level of mold can be, and even serious food poisoning can occur if the mold gets inside your pressure cooker.
Pour bleach inside to kill any remaining mold
Shake out the ice maker and then clean it. Pull out the ice maker and run a dry cycle. Re-prime the ice maker with fresh ice to kill any residual mold Remove any ice clogs and water marks Inspect your ice maker unit to see if you have any cracks and crevices.
If you do have mold in your ice maker, there are some ways you can get rid of it. First, clean it out by spraying the inside of the ice maker bin with bleach water, rinsing, and then running a dry cycle to clear the mould. Some mold may still remain, but it’s still better than dealing with the spores.
The next step is to make sure the heater is functioning properly before you use the ice maker again. Many times when you take out your ice maker, the heater may have been left on.
Wash your hands with soap and water after handling moldy areas
Use clean wet rags to wipe off the water Use a warm, soapy towel to get out all the gross residue Use warm air or a hair dryer to dry the area Remove any objects that may have gotten in the holes, such as dirt, fluff, hair, pieces of food, etc.
Do not use chemicals to remove the mold or for this part of the cleaning process. Clean the area inside your ice maker with a damp cloth and mild detergent Allow the area to air dry completely before re-doing the cleaning process.
If you see mold in your ice maker you can’t continue to use it and have to fix the problem. Make sure you know which part of your ice maker you have problems with before taking it apart. Make sure to dry your hands before you try to fix the mold.
Taking care of your home is essential, and the following tips should be a regular practice for all homeowners. Not only will they help to reduce the cost and time spent maintaining your home, they also will help you stay healthier. As always, I am here to help you with any questions you may have, so feel free to write to me if you have any of your own. Thanks for reading!