1. Empty and unplug:
The first thing to do before you start cleaning the ice maker is to unplug the machine. Then, make sure to empty the unit completely. Check that if there is any water or ice inside the reservoir. You can pour out water from the ice maker by opening the drain at the bottom of the unit. Some people suggest holding the machine for one or two minutes upside down for completely pour out the remaining water.
2. Remove the ice tray.
Next, take out the ice tray from the ice maker. Most of the trays are made of plastic but if you have a glass ice tray then be very careful while taking it out.
3. Wipe it down.
After that take one soft piece of clothing, preferably cotton, to wipe down the whole ice maker. For drying out the narrowest corners of the machine, take a long and thin stick and wrap the cloth around it. Then gently wipe out the corners and walls like behind the bars of the ice maker
4. Clean the tray.
You can clean the plastic tray using regular wiper and dish cleaning detergent. Do not forget to clean the scope too. You can simply put the ice tray and the scoop inside the dishwasher.
5. Rebuild it.
Let all the parts of the ice maker dry out properly. Then rebuild the whole machine like the first time you have done it.
6. Operate a cleaning cycle.
This step is necessary for giving the machine a thorough cleaning. Pour the required amount of water inside the reservoir and run the cycle for one time. After the machine finishes producing one batch of ice, take out all the ice and throw it out.
7. Carry out a normal cycle.
Repeat the previous step one more time for giving the machine a proper cleaning. Pour the required amount of water inside the reservoir and run the cycle for one time. After the machine finishes producing one batch of ice, take out all the ice and throw it out.
8. Clean the external parts.
Again take one piece of soft and dry clothing. Cotton is preferable. Wet the clothing. Pour mild detergent on the piece of cloth. The gently rub it on the exterior of the ice maker. You can either rinse the machine with normal cold water or wipe it down with a wet piece of clothing. But before using the ice maker, make sure to let the ice maker dry out first. For best results let the machine sit for an hour.
9. Run a normal cycle.
After reassembling the parts, run a normal cycle using fresh bottled water. Taste the ice. If the cleaning is done properly, you should have enjoyed a block of better tasting ice.
10. Choosing the right Cleaning Tools and Solutions
All the previous steps’ success depends on the choice of right cleaning tools and solutions. It is suggested that do a little research online or from a friend who is using a portable ice maker for a while about the suitable cleaning tools and solutions.
Proper cleaning can let you enjoy better tasting ice and also extends the durability of the ice maker.