Mold in A Portable Ice Maker: An Easy and Safe Way to Get Rid of it

Nobody likes the sight of mold. The presence of mold in your home can cause you a lot of long-term health problems, and let’s face it – it’s disgusting!

Mold in your ice maker can make you sick. If mold begins to form, you want to make sure that you deal with it right away and the right way.

So what are the proper steps on how to tackle mold in your countertop ice maker?

Let’s investigate this troubling problem.


First of all, why does mold grow inside your portable ice maker? Portable Ice makers can get considerably dirty over time.

Dirty Water

As residue from the water is transmitted on the sides of your unit, the result can be that nasty “M” word – mold.

Mold is more likely to grow in portable ice makers because they do not maintain a freezing temperature. There are portable ice makers that have built-in freezers, but those units are more rare.

Bad Habits With Portable Ice Makers

When it comes to portable ice makers, people have some pretty bad habits. There are two bad habits in particular that can lead to mold forming in your ice maker.

The first bad habit is if their unit is working, they don’t take the time to clean it. This is bad news! You must make sure that your portable ice maker is always clean. I recommend that you take some time once a month to wash the sides with soap and water and then rinse it thoroughly.

The second bad habit people have is grabbing ice with their hands without using a scoop. There is a reason why portable ice makers come with an ice scoop. Using your hands to grab ice or putting back ice if it’s not used is a way for bacteria to grow.

Important: Use an ice scoop (I love the scoop that I recently bought from Amazon) to get your ice and never (EVER) put the ice back into the basket. If some ice accidentally falls on the ground, throw it away.

What happens if you begin to notice mold growing in your portable ice maker? Well, let’s take care of that problem now.


Along the sides of the ice maker, on the lid, and in the water reservoir are the most popular places for mold to form in a portable ice maker.

It’s important to make sure that you check your unit extensively for mold inside the unit before you begin the ice cycle, especially if you haven’t used the unit in a long time.


If you find mold inside your ice maker, there is an easy solution.

Create A Homemade Cleaning Solution

Take a little bleach diluted in some warm water and throughly clean your ice maker. It’s important to focus where the ice is frozen, the water reservoir, and the inside walls of the unit.

Use 5 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of bleach to create a powerful homemade cleaning solution.

Make sure that all the mold is gone, and that the inside of your ice maker is thoroughly cleaned and rinsed. You could also use this product: Complete Mold Killer & Remover DIY Bundle to clean your ice maker if you wish. This product is designed to clean, kill and prevent mold from growing in your ice machine. It’s also the fastest stain remover on the market today.

Deodorize Your Unit

To deodorize your ice maker, wash the inside walls with four tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in one quart of water.

Next, you want to rinse the ice maker, making sure that all the cleaning solution is gone (you don’t want the homemade cleaning solution in your ice).


The best way to clean mold in your ice maker is to make sure that it doesn’t occur.

How is this possible?

You want to make sure that you perform regular maintenance on your ice machine. I have put together a short list of proper maintenance tips to make sure your unit is working at its best.


  1. Make sure that you clean out your ice maker at least once a month. Keeping your ice maker clean from building up residue will keep mold far away.
  2. Unplug your ice maker if you are going away for an extended period of time. There is no need to run your ice maker if there is no one going to around enjoy the ice. If you are going camping, then you may want to bring your portable ice maker along for the ride. To store you ice maker, wash the unit and dry it with a soft rag.
  3. Use clean water when filling up the water reservoir. When you use dirty water in your ice maker, it’s going to damage your ice maker long term. Use filtered water to ensure that your water is pure. 

**Keeping your portable ice maker clean at all times is the best way you’ll never have to deal with mold.

Setting Up A Portable Ice Maker

You can read my post on how to properly clean your ice maker here for more information.

I hope that this article has helped you. Leave your comments or questions below, and I hope that you enjoy cold, mold-free ice.

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