According to the FDA ice is considered to be a food product. No matter what type of ice-making machine you own, cleanliness plays a huge role in how healthy and palatable the ice it makes is. Check out the following tips to help keep your ice machine producing high quality ice for you, and your family.
Replacing Water Filters
Water filters contain carbon elements and a scale inhibitor that work in concert blocking out sediments of the mineral variety from your water. This keeps ice clear, odorless, and prevents it from tasting bad. Most filters need to be replaced every six months for optimum water and ice quality. Neglecting this produces sub-par ice.
A good rule of thumb for cleaning your ice machine is to clean it when you change the filter, or about every 6 months. The process goes like this:
- Deactivate ice machine by lifting up power bar.
- Remove ice bin and wash in sink with liquid dish soap and warm water.
- Dip rag into soap/water solution and wipe out ice maker.
- Mix 1/2 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water (Alternative: 1 part white vinegar with 1 part warm water).
- Dampen rag with mixture and wipe down ice maker; wipe dry.
- Use remaining bleach/vinegar mixture to re-wash the ice bin (kills more bacteria); rinse in warm/hot water.
- Wipe dry machine and ice bin again, then replace bin inside and reactivate.
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