How to Clean a Refrigerator Ice Maker
While the ice maker in a refrigerator should operate for a long period of time without difficulty, some users may encounter ice with a bad taste or smell, or they may find that water deposits have built up inside the ice-maker bin. Clean a refrigerator ice maker regularly to ensure that it continues to work properly and to prevent the buildup of minerals or bacteria.
- Raise the ice-bin arm, located in or near the bin in the freezer compartment, to stop ice production. If the freezer has an "On/Off" switch for ice production, move the switch to "Off." Remove the bin and empty the ice into a sink.
- Wash the ice bin with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub all sides of the bin. Rinse well with water, then dry the interior of the bin with a towel.
- Remove any detachable parts from the ice maker and clean them in warm, soapy water. Rinse well and dry with the towel.
- Use a cloth dampened with warm water to wipe the inside of the ice maker and the ice dispenser. Follow with the towel to dry.
- Return any of the detachable parts to the ice maker and put the ice bin back into place. Push down the ice-maker arm or turn the switch to "On" to restore power and to allow the ice maker to begin making a new batch of ice.