Ice makers are great to have, but not so great to clean. A frequently asked question is “How do you clean and care for your portable ice maker?” The answer is right before your eyes.
In this article you will learn how to care for your portable ice maker, and how to clean it so that the unit will constantly produce the best ice. What happens if you don’t clean your ice maker is that it may give the ice it makes a bad taste, or might have a strong plastic or metal scent emitting from the machine. To prevent this the machine must be washed every once in a while, luckily there are a number of different techniques of how to clean it. You can just use whatever is best for you.
Some of the supplies that might be needed to clean your ice maker may include:
- A lemon
- Warm soapy water
- A Cloth
To Begin: Wash the basket of your ice maker, and the outside, and inside tongs, water reservoir, and lastly the pump with warm soapy water. After this begin with step two.
Step Two: Cut the lemon in half, and rub it all over your ice maker, as weird as this sounds it prevents rusting, and takes away a lot of the lingering scents. This is just an old trick I learned through experience. It is entirely optional, but I do recommend it.
Step Three: Is just too wash the rest of the machine ( all the parts in step one) with the vinegar. Do an exceptionally good job on the water reservoir.
Step Four: Redo all of step one.
Last: Do a fake run on your ice maker. Just throw away all of the ice it makes right away. Do this twice if needed.
After all these steps are done your ice maker should lose any gross scents and tastes. This is the best way to wash your ice maker, although step two is optional. Next I will teach you how to care for your ice maker.
The first step to caring for your countertop ice cube maker does so happen to be cleaning your machine. It doesn’t have to be done so often, but it is a good idea to clean your machine after it has been outside, or after every 2 or three months. Cleaning your machine is caring for your machine.
Another thing you can do for your ice cube maker is run it consistently. Even if you only need to use it every couple of months try to run it at least once every two weeks. To do this will prevent your machine from ever going rusty, or getting tight gears and shutting down.
Keep it covered if it is outside to prevent it from getting dusty and rusty.
And the last step to caring for your ice maker is to give it a break. Rather than letting the ice from the machine melt and have it turned back into ice automatically (depending on the ice maker you have) Empty the bin and put the ice into the freezer for when you need the ice next. Although I said to run your machine every so often don’t do it so much that the machine breaks. Extra ice can be stored in the freezer, and that might save the ice maker a cycle.
Remember in the end CLEANING your machine is CARING. Hopefully this has helped you to keep your ice maker in good shape and clean enough.