How to Properly Clean a Portable Ice Maker

What do fancy dinners, family picnics and summer barbeques all have in common? Yes, these are all fun events, but they're also perfect opportunities to use a new portable ice maker. Quick and efficient, portable ice machines are perfect for entertaining both large and small groups at home or in the office.

openlidicemakerBenefits of Portable Ice Machines:

  • A full tray of ice cubes in less than ten minutes
  • Make as much as 35 pounds of ice a day
  • Save time and money - no more store bought ice
  • Customize ice cube size and shape
  • Compact enough to fit on any kitchen counter or shelf
  • Great for on-the-go events away from home or office

Portable ice makers are simple to operate as well. Simply plug them in, fill the reservoir with water, and you're ready to go. Best of all, they're easy to clean and maintain, so you know you're always supplied with fresh, pure ice.

To properly clean your portable ice maker:

  1. Remove any leftover ice from the unit and unplug it from the wall or outlet.
    Make sure the unit is completely empty before beginning the cleaning process. Unplugging it from the wall will also ensure there are no safety issues while cleaning it.
  2. Remove the ice tray from inside the ice maker.
    For most units, you should just be able to unhook the tray and take it out from the interior of the unit. Place the tray on a clean surface off to the side for now.
  3. Wipe down the interior of the unit with a soft cloth.
    Pay special attention to the walls of the portable ice machine, as this is where the most mineral buildup can occur. If you'd like, use a couple tablespoons of vinegar on the cloth. This can help to further clean any impurities and calcium buildup that is caused by hard water.
  4. Wipe off the tray and put the unit back together.
    Scrub the tray in the same manner as the interior walls and reservoir of the ice maker. Again, a small bit of vinegar can be used if you prefer. Once the tray has been thoroughly wiped down, replace it in the unit and plug it back in.
  5. icemakerinteriorRun a couple ice making cycles with a capful of vinegar or lemon juice and water.
    This will help break up impurities and calcium buildup on the interior mechanisms. This technique will also help to remove any of the plastic taste that may be evident initially in a new unit as a result of the manufacturing process.
  6. Empty the water reservoir completely and run a few cycles with clean, warm water.
    This will rinse out the vinegar or lemon juice from the previous step in both the interior water reservoir as well as the ice tray.
  7. Wipe down the exterior of the machine.
    Using a soft cloth and warm, clean water, scrub the outside of the machine. This will give the machine a clean, fresh look, which can in turn help your kitchen or office area look clean and tidy.

Your portable ice maker should now be completely clean and ready to produce great tasting ice! For more information on the right portable ice machine for your next party or event, check out a comparison of the best portable ice makers.