The icemaker and water dispenser in refrigerator doors are a great family convenience and gets a lot of use. Consequently, the area gets quite dirty and is a prime location for mold growth and black gunk buildup. Many refrigerator manufacturers did not take this into consideration when designing their icemakers and water dispensers in the refrigerator door, leaving consumers to devise their own clever cleaning methods. Here’s one clever cleaning method that cleans and disinfects the icemaker and water dispenser –
To clean the behind the trap door where the ice comes down and water lines of the water dispenser, turn both of them off. Put white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the interior area thoroughly. White vinegar is a natural cleaner and it will kill most molds, germs and bacteria. Allow vinegar to sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe off with a clean cloth. Rinse cloth thoroughly with clean water and wipe down the area again to remove all traces of vinegar.
For hard to reach places like inside the water lines or other nooks and crannies, dip a small piece of clean cloth or paper towel in white vinegar, then wrap it around the end of a chop stick. Use this to get into all the hard to reach places. Replace and re-wet cloth or paper towel as needed until all mold and black gunk have been removed.
After cleaning with vinegar, turn the ice maker and water back on. Make several rounds of ice cubes and discard to ensure there’s no lingering vinegar odor. Run water through water dispenser (about half a gallon) to ensure dispensed water has no vinegar taste or smell.