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.

Clean an ice maker on a regular basis.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Remove any detachable parts from the ice maker and clean them in warm, soapy water. Rinse well and dry with the towel.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.