A portable countertop or floor ice maker is the perfect tool for making drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, taste as they should. They are especially excellent for homes that drink iced beverages regularly or throw a lot of parties. In the summer, some ice is always welcome in Maryland. Maintaining your portable ice maker is essential for it to last a long time and preserve your health. Here’s how to clean a portable ice maker.
Why Clean a Portable Ice Maker?
You might have heard of the concerns people have about ice. Ice can be full of bacteria, and ice machines could get moldy. The dangers of ice have scared many, and dirty ice itself hazards health through salmonella, E. coli, and other germs.
There is no need to fear. With responsible care, ice makers of all kinds can produce delicious, refreshing ice, including your portable one.
How to Clean a Portable Ice Maker
Remove and Wash the Ice Basket
The first step is to remove the ice basket. Underneath is where melted ice drips and drains. Washing this basin and the ice maker’s water reservoir is the most important, but do not forget to wash your ice basket with a gentle and sanitizing cleaning solution, such as water with dish soap, lemon juice, or white vinegar.
Wipe the Interior with a Cleaning Solution
While the ice basket dries, wipe the interior with a cleaning solution of your choice. The cheapest and most effective solutions are water with lemon juice or white vinegar. You can combine the two ingredients of water+sanitizing liquid up to half and half. Use a cleaning towel to wipe the interior, and use 100% lemon juice or vinegar to remove tough grime.
Run the Cleaning Solution through the Ice Maker Cycle
Next, use the same mixed cleaning solution to clean the inner workings of the ice machine. Fill up the water reservoir with this mixture and let the machine make a batch of ice or two. Once the cycle is complete, throw out the ice.
Rinse the Ice Maker with Clean Water
Finally, drain out any remainder of the cleaning solution and replace it with fresh water. Run the ice-making cycle once or twice to rinse out the remaining vinegar or lemon juice, and dispose of each batch.
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