Keeping your water dispenser and ice machine clean is essential for maintaining the quality of your drinking water and ice. Over time, these appliances can accumulate hard water deposits, limescale, and other impurities that can affect their performance and the taste of your water and ice. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the best way to deep clean your water dispenser and ice machine, ensuring they remain in top condition.

Step 1: Prepare Your Appliances for Cleaning

The first step in deep cleaning your water dispenser and ice machine is to prepare the appliances for cleaning. This involves pulling out the refrigerator to access the water line and shutting off the water supply. It’s a good opportunity to vacuum and sweep away any dust bunnies or debris that have accumulated behind your refrigerator.

Step 2: Descale with Vinegar

Vinegar is an effective, natural descaling agent that can help remove hard water buildup inside your water line. To descale, fill a cup with vinegar, place it as high as possible, and insert the tube from the water line into the cup. Run water through the line until you smell vinegar, indicating that the vinegar has reached the cup. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to effectively descale the inside of the line.

Step 3: Clean the Dispenser and Ice Maker

Next, focus on cleaning the dispenser and ice maker. Use a pipe cleaner dipped in vinegar to clean the water spout. Apply vinegar-soaked towels to areas with hard water buildup, such as the dispenser panel and ice chute, and let them sit to break down the deposits. For the ice maker, remove it, discard any old ice, and clean it with a DIY mix of 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, and a few drops of dish soap.

Step 4: Detail Cleaning and Rinsing

After descaling and cleaning the main components, it’s time for detail cleaning. Remove the vinegar-soaked towels and clean the affected areas with your DIY cleaning solution. Use a two-towel system—one damp for cleaning and one dry for drying—to ensure no moisture is left behind that could lead to freezing or further buildup.

Step 5: Reassemble and Flush the System

Once everything is clean and dry, reassemble your water dispenser and ice machine. Reattach the water line and turn the water supply back on. Flush the system with clean water to remove any remaining vinegar taste. This is also an excellent time to change the water filter to ensure your dispenser and ice machine continue to provide clean, fresh-tasting water and ice.

Step 5: Reassemble and Flush the System

There you have it! We may not win the war against dirty dishes but with these 5 Tips we can hold our own! Despite the constant struggle, we Clean Freaks know in the end, a sparkling clean dishwasher awaits, and that’s a victory worth fighting for!


With your water dispenser and ice machine now thoroughly cleaned, you can enjoy fresh, clean water and ice. Regular cleaning not only ensures the best taste but also extends the life of your appliances.

By following these steps, you can keep your water dispenser and ice machine in pristine condition, ensuring they provide high-quality water and ice for you and your family. Remember, maintenance is key to the longevity and performance of your kitchen appliances.

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