How to Clean a Portable Ice Maker – 10 Basic Steps


One more question about Ice makers which was asked several times before and that was how do you clean a Portable Ice Maker so if you need some tips in completing this task, then take a quick look through these steps which are easy to follow. For any additional information or queries, please refer to the manufacturers handbook for further and specific guidelines

Reasons to Clean your Portable Ice Maker

  • Continue to make it appear as it were brand new
  • If left dirty and unkept, it will not be presentable for your guests
  • To extend the shelf-life of the appliance
  • To ensure it is kept in perfect working condition
  • To make sure the Ice it produces is clean and is of the highest possible quality
  • To avoid any contamination or bacterial growth
  • Keep clear any lime scale build up or calcium or mineral deposits that can potentially destroy and block the appliance

Cleaning Materials Needed

  • White Vinegar / Baking Soda / Lemon Juice
  • Washing up liquid to make warm soapy water
  • Dish cloths / Paper towels
  • Water container bowl for holding the soapy water

A small selection of Cleaning products that can help you are also outlined below – Click any to view larger…

Steps of How to Clean your Portable Ice Maker:

Step 1 – Power down

The first thing you should do is unplug the appliance and clear out any remaining contents of melted water or ice and make sure that it is completely empty and prepared for cleaning. The electrical cord can also be wrapped in a towel or plastic bag to prevent it from getting wet while you are cleaning.

Step 2 – Removable Parts

Next you should remove any removable parts including the ice tray and filters and put them in a safe place to one side.

Step 3 – Soak

The removable parts including the ice tray should be placed in the sink with warm soapy water, scrubbed thoroughly and then allowed to soak for 10 minutes.

Step 4 – Appliance

The ice maker will not be dishwasher friendly and you cannot allow water to get into the control panel so please be careful when cleaning the unit. Dip the dishcloth in warm soapy water and squeeze it to remove heavy water drops and then wipe down all the internal surfaces thoroughly until they are sparking clean.

Step 5 – Stains / Lime scale

For any heavy stains and to remove any calcium lime scale build up from hard water, make up a solution of vinegar and water of equal ratio, example 1 liter vinegar to one liter of water and mix it and then dip another dishcloth in it and scrub thoroughly again especially around the badly stained areas. If needed, sprinkle a little baking soda around the stained areas also and clean the area in circular motions, let it soak for 10 minutes and rinse off with clean water.

Step 6 – Rinse

Next you need to rinse away all the items again and clear away any residues from the detergent, washing up liquid, vinegar or baking soda.

Step 7 – Reassemble

Once all the parts have been completely rinsed with clear water, then reassemble all the parts back to their original position and plug it back in.

Step 8 – Internal Pipes

To remove any mineral deposits or limescale from the internal pipes, run a cycle of water and a small quantity of vinegar or lemon juice through the machine so that the internal pipes are also cleaned and any calcium deposits and minerals are removed.

Step 9 – Garbage Cycles

After the water and vinegar cycle is complete, then to prevent any residues appearing in the ice cubes, run the first 3 cycles of ice cubes as garbage and discard them away so that any remaining residues are completely cleared and won’t end up in anyone’s drink.

Step 10 – External Surfaces

Finally, give all the external surfaces a good wipe down with a damp cloth dipped in warm soapy water and to prevent any onslaught of rust, make sure it is dried down with a dry cloth or towel

Storage Tip:

If you intend to store it in a cupboard, to prevent any dust or insects getting into the appliance – make sure to wrap the appliance in a plastic bag so that it will be perfectly clean for whenever you intend to use it.

While you are here - feel free also to take a closer look at popular Ice Makers currently on sale with Wayfair by clicking on the image provided below…


Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of cleaning your own Ice Maker by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that other people in the community can learn also!!!


Posted in Consumer Questions and tagged , , , .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *