How to Clean an Ice Maker With Water on Side by Side Refrigerator
Dec 08, 2016
Many refrigerator manufacturers discourage the use of almost all household cleaning chemicals, such as chlorine bleach and window-glass sprays. However, many people are accustomed to using bleach, for example, to destroy stains, odors as well as germs, on laundry and around the house. Using an unapproved chemical product to clean your ice maker can affect the surface materials, such as the plastic in the ice bin. Some refrigerator manufacturers do approve of one particular cleaner that you can combine with water to effectively clean the ice maker.
Open the freezer door on the refrigerator. Press the "Off" button on the ice maker assembly to disable ice production in the freezer. The assembly may be located at or near the ceiling of the freezer compartment.
Lift the ice bin up and out of the freezer compartment. Pour the ice down the garbage disposal or drain in the sink. Run hot water behind the ice to speed up melting.
Wet a clean dish towel under lukewarm water. Add a few drops or mild dish detergent to the towel. Fold the towel in on itself and rub it together, creating suds and bubbles.
Wipe the ice bin with the soapy towel. Rinse the ice bin with tap water from the cold-water faucet in the sink. Dry the ice bin with paper towels.
Dampen folded paper towels with lukewarm water. Open the freezer door. Inspect and remove built-up ice chips from the shelf that holds the ice bin. In addition, look at the ice chute on the freezer door that funnels the ice to the dispenser on the outside of the door and wipe away ice build-up.
Replace the ice bin back into the freezer compartment. Turn the ice maker back to the "On" position. You may need to wait about 24 hours for ice production to return to normal after cleaning.
Things You Will Need
Mild dish detergent
Some refrigerator manufacturers may approve of using soap and water to clean the exterior of the refrigerator, which may include the ice dispenser tray that catches wayward ice cubes. Refer to your owner's manual.
If your ice has a bad taste and odor, check to make sure foods in the freezer and refrigerator compartments are properly covered.
Contact your refrigerator's manufacturer or refer to your owner's manual to confirm that mild dish detergent is an approved cleaner.