When you buy your first home or move into your first apartment, someone should hand you a huge book of every little thing you should maintain and clean on a regular basis. I donâ€™t know why it never occurred to me, but for some odd reason I never realized that you should clean an ice maker. Like never. Of all the 99 billion things to clean and maintain in a home, this one has never even blipped once on my radar, until now. I know, itâ€™s gross. Really gross. But, if Iâ€™ve overlooked it, Iâ€™m betting at least one other person has overlooked it, too, so I thought Iâ€™d share how to clean an ice maker on a refrigerator.
Now my dirty little confessionâ€¦ weâ€™ve had this appliance for two years and Iâ€™ve never cleaned it. Two years! I shudder to think of all of the cups of ice that has been filled through the dirty ice maker. Bleheheheh. But when you know better, you do better, so now I clean it once a month.
I started by pulling out my HomeRight SteamMachine, which they sent me.
I filled it up with distilled water (per the directions) and let it heat up. While it was heating, I added on this nozzle that pressurized the jet of steam to get into all the nooks and crannies of the ice maker and get it really clean.
The chute that guides the ice is the hardest part. Grime will be trapped under there, so youâ€™ve gotta get it loose to clean an ice maker. Mine slips down a bit by pressing on each side at the top, then working it out. It doesnâ€™t come completely off, but it does come out enough to clean well inside all those tiny nooks and crannies. Yours may be different, so refer to your ownerâ€™s manual. *Open the door or turn off the ice maker function BEFORE doing this. If not, youâ€™ll have ice all over your floor.
For all of the teeny tiny spots, try using cotton swabs to help grab the grime and get it all cleaned off. It took a good handful and about 30 minutes to clean mine, but if yours isnâ€™t at my horror level, you may not need as long.
While youâ€™re in there, clean up the water dispenser the same way, because if your ice maker is dirty, chances are the water dispenser will be, too.
Before you finish, pull out the tray on front, because the steam will make the grime slip down under and through the cracks on it, plus you can clean it much easier if you pull it off and clean it. Mine comes off fairly easily by pulling straight out with light pressure.
After youâ€™ve sufficiently grossed yourself out with grime and gunk, and youâ€™ve finally learned how to clean an ice maker, stand back and give yourself a hand. Then promptly put it on your calendar to do this once a month so youâ€™ll never be grossed out again.