Many of us own American-style fridge freezer with built-in ice dispensers these days. You might be tempted to think that these are effectively self-cleaning, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Over time you may begin to notice that your ice becomes opaque, or maybe evens begins to taste a little stale or strange. If that happens, it’s time to cleaning your ice maker.
Water is usually introduced into your ice maker via a separate filtered pipe meaning that the problem almost certainly is not with the water supply itself. In fact, what you will find is that, over time, your ice maker may begin to absorb smells from items in your freezer.
The first thing you need to do is to remove the ice container. Follow the manufacturers instructions – this is usually pretty straightforward. Then you need to remove any ice that has clumped together or attached to the unit. You can scrape this off with a sharp instrument or simply leave it to defrost. Then give the ice container a good wash, using a mild detergent like, for example, Fairy Liquid.
We then recommended sterilising the inside of the ice maker with warm water into which you have added Milton sterilising tablets. Wipe the interior surface thoroughly with a sponge and the Milton water, then dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
As far as the ice bucket itself is concerned you can then either run this through your dishwasher to sterilise or, if you don’t have a dishwasher or if your not sure if the ice bucket is dishwasher-proof, simply clean thoroughly with more hot water & Milton.
Once that’s done, dry the ice box before placing it back into your fridge freezer. If you don’t dry it, ice could accumulate around the exterior causing problems further down the line.