A portable ice maker is a great must-have tool for those who love the convenience of making ice at home. However, we sometimes get carried away with the benefits that come with these handy tabletop machines and forget best practices.
Buying a portable ice maker is quite an investment that is worth it. You definitely should do anything within your reach to explore its full potential to the maximum and utilize every single buck spent. Apart from maximizing the lifespan of your machine, taking care of your ice maker has a direct bearing on your overall health. An infectious machine has a high potential of leading to very damaging effects health-wise. Some of the best practices include:
Clean or rinse the interior of your ice maker before first use. Immediately you take your machine out of the box, rinse the inside or activate the self-cleaning option if there is one. By doing this way, you get rid of the brand new odor and the excrements.
Clean and dry the interior of your ice maker before storing it in an enclosed location. Empty the water reservoir and any other necessary storage compartment before storing your portable ice maker. This is very important in preventing rusting which can be more hazardous.
Before cleaning your ice maker, check the instructions manual and use the recommended cleaners. In most cases, vinegar, lemon, water are non-erosive solutions that are used. When cleaning, ensure to:
- Clean all areas including the hard-to-reach corners, gaskets, and behind the flaps
- Use a brush to reach out to every area and get rid of the tough buildup.
- Wash the tubing thoroughly so as to avoid infections such as Pseudomonas.
Generally, cleaning should be taken seriously. Improper hygiene can lead to serious damaging implications.
Do not overwork your ice maker. When the compressor gets too hot give the machine a rest.
Ensure to store your unit in a dry clean place. Be careful not to leave the unit unplugged when not in use for long period. In case a power surge occurs, there is a high chance of serious damage or even fire outbreak.
Ensure to practice high levels of personal hygiene and avoid contaminations. This is perhaps the most ignored area by most ice maker owners. Ice is regarded as food by FDA and not some mere product that you can handle as you like.
Never assume that ice is self-sufficient thus able to prevent further infections. Viruses can easily find a way into ice and cause foodborne illness. Instead of going through the costly implications of improper hygiene practices, adhere to personal cleanliness and handle your unit with caution. Some of the viral infections that can occur as a result of improper hygiene include Giardia, Norovirus and E. coli.
The following don’ts can help avert contamination:
- Do not handle the ice maker with unwashed hands.
- Do not use dirty ice scooping tools.
- Do not operate your ice making machine when sick.
- Do not use the ice maker if you have a cut hand before being bandaged.