Tips To Clean A Refrigerator Dispenser

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Refrigerator water and ice dispensers sometimes get overlooked during your routine cleaning but cleaning and maintaining the dispensers are important to ensure water is clean and bacteria-free. Living in a hard water area will cause gradual build-up of calcium that will slow down the water flow and take cooling the water and ice much longer. If flushing the dispenser with distilled vinegar to dissolve calcium build-up and help disinfect it doesn’t work then here are a few other trick’s you can try!

  • Make sure to turn off the water supply 
  • Use a small funnel to pour three or four cups of distilled vinegar into the copper cooling tube
  • Tape the tub upright so you can easily pour the vinegar into it  
    • If you have an ice maker turn it on at this time so the vinegar will also clean the ice maker lines
  • Flush the vinegar through the system by holding the dispenser tap until no more liquid comes out
  • Use an old, small toothbrush with a little more vinegar on it to scrub the inside and around the water spout.
  • Reconnect the water lines and allow water to flow through until you can’t smell or taste any vinegar
  • Empty the ice tray and throw away the first couple of batches of ice because they will taste like vinegar!!


Make sure you’re changing your water filter at least twice a year but can vary based on factor’s such as usage, flow rate and water softness. If you have any questions, need advice or even our opinion on a refrigerator don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email!!