Automatic icemaker is one part in a freezer that most people forget to clean. By the virtue that it’s near the freezer doesn’t mean it doesn’t get dirty. Luckily, it is one area that anyone can clean seamlessly. Here are a few steps that you can follow to clean your refrigerator icemaker :
Clean Out the Unit
Before you begin cleaning the automatic icemaker, it is pertinent to clean the whole unit to give you more space to work and ensure that you don’t ruin any food item that you may need later. Store the food items in separate unit so that you can reuse them later on. Ensure that you check at their expiry dates to ensure that you don’t hold an item that you shouldn’t.
After getting the food out of the freezer and the whole refrigerator, you can begin defrosting the unit. Although each unit has its unique cleaning procedure, the rule of the thumb is to simply switch off the whole unit and leave the doors open for approximately three hours. Remember to lift up the arm of the icemaker (if your unit has one) to prevent it from making ice while you are defrosting.
Clean the Ice Tray
Remove the ice tray from the refrigerator (if you haven’t done this already). Dump out the water and spotlessly clean the tray. Dry the tray by turning it upside down to ensure that it gets completely dry.
Clean the Ice Maker
If you don’t have some in your house, now is the time to walk to your local store to get some commercially made icemaker cleaners. Add the solution to the icemaker based on the manufacturer’s directions.
Plug the Unit In and Run A Few Cycles
After adding the cleaning agent, plug the refrigerator in. Turn on the icemaker and allow it to run a few cycles (3 to 4 is enough) to allow the cleaning agent work through the system and to ensure that everything is getting completely cleaned.
Once you are through with running the cycles, throw all the ice made because nobody would love to use ice that contains a cleaning agent. Clean your ice tray once again and replace it. This is it. You’ve finished cleaning your automatic icemaker.
Keeping the kitchen clean is important for cooks, especially when prepping food for cooking. Plastic or wooden cutting boards are used in most kitchens. Cleaning them is a challenge since using chemicals is not the favorite choice for everyone, making a natural method of cleaning have a lot of appeal. To clean cutting boards naturally, you’ll need several common items. These methods are preferable to using water and dishwashing detergent to clean a wooden cutting board, because these elements actually weaken the wood fibers.
Natural and effective cleansers include coarse salt such as sea salt and a whole lemon; white vinegar and baking soda; and white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. All of these combinations disinfect and deodorize the board. Even though these elements are more natural they kill dangerous bacteria: E. coli, Staphylococcus and Salmonella.
When using either of these cleaning elements, you’ll need to follow certain steps. For instance when cleaning your cutting boards with sea salt and whole lemon, you can make a paste and rub it into the board or you can sprinkle salt on the board and rub lemon into the surface. Let the mixture stand for a short while and then scrape of the surface. What is scraped off the board may appear gray and offensive. It’s just the lemon reacting to the food juices and particles left on the board. The residue from the surface should be scraped off and dumped into the trash.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Cleaning Method
Another method of cleaning you might choose to use is spreading baking soda over the surface of your cutting board and then spraying white vinegar over it. When the two substances begin to clean, they will create bubbles or foam on the surface. After that happens, it’s safe to rinse the board and allow it to dry for further use.
To clean cutting boards naturally wipe down the surface with a paper towel saturated with vinegar. Follow the first wipe down with a second wipe down. Saturate another paper towel with peroxide and wipe down the cutting board a second time.
All of these methods leave your cutting boards free of bacteria and smelling fresh. They are more natural than the harsh chemical cleansers that are available and your cutting boards will last longer.
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