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How to Clean a Water Dispenser On a Fridge

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The water dispenser in your fridge plays a crucial role in keeping you and your family hydrated. However, like other parts of the fridge, the water dispenser usually collects dirt and grime over time and if they are not clean on time, they may affect the quality and flow of water. In this article, we will give you step by step process on how to clean the water dispenser on the fridge.

Steps to Clean Water Dispenser on Fridge

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Step 1 – Disconnect Water Supply

Before you start the cleaning process, disconnect the water supply to the dispenser. You don’t have to switch off the entire fridge, just cut off the valves that control water flow. Use a screwdriver to loosen the screw that connects the valve to the dispenser.

Step 2 – Pour White Vinegar

Once you have disconnected the water supply to the dispenser, gently pour plain white vinegar into the tube that connects to the water reservoir. Plain white vinegar is recommended because of its potent antibacterial properties. Additionally, it is not harmful to your health, meaning that even if small vinegar remains on the tube, it will not harm you or any member of your family if it ends up on your cup.

Put at least 2 cups of vinegar on the tube and let it stay there for about 5 minutes before rinsing, so that all dirt, debris, and grime are removed.

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Step 3 – Drain the Vinegar

After about five minutes, place a container underneath then drain vinegar. Once all vinegar is drained, flush out the remaining vinegar residues with clean water. Pour at least four cups of clean water to flush out vinegar taste and scent from the tube and reservoir.

Step 4 – Gently Clean the Nozzle

Once you are done with the tube and reservoir, the next questions is how to clean refrigerator water dispenser nozzle.

To clean this part effectively, we recommend that you use a toothbrush even if it is old. A toothbrush is highly recommended because it can reach hard to reach areas and also remove hard to remove debris and grime stuck on the nozzle. Scrub the nozzle gently and thoroughly to remove all dirt and grime.

Step 5 – Reconnect the Water Supply

The nozzle is the last internal component to clean on your water dispenser. So, once you are done cleaning all internal components, reconnect the water supply. The process of reconnecting water is simple, all you need to do is reconnect the screw to attach the tubing.

Ensure that your screw is fixed tightly to prevent any water leakage. Once you are done, turn

on the valve to allow water to flow to the dispenser. We recommend that you let the water run for about 20 seconds to remove the last bit of vinegar residue.

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Step 6 – Clean the Exterior

Most people usually care about cleaning the interior and forget about the exterior. Cleaning the exterior is as important as cleaning the interior because if you don’t, the dirt on the outside will find its way on the inside. Cleaning the exterior needs vinegar and water. Some exteriors are detachable, meaning you can remove it for easy cleaning. If your exterior is not detachable, you should clean it from where it is. Dip a piece of cloth in vinegar then wipe it gently on the dispenser exterior. Once you have wiped all parts with vinegar, rinse it with clean water to remove the vinegar solution. If the exterior is detachable, leave it to dry before attaching it.

Step 7 – Wash the Tray

The last part to clean is the tray. Some fridges have detachable trays while others don’t have. If your tray is detachable, remove it and wash it in the sink with soap and clean running water. Use a sponge to clean all parts, including corners. Leave to dry before attaching it. If your tray has grime on the corners, use vinegar to remove it.

Cleaning a fridge water dispenser is simple and straightforward. You don’t need a special tool or skills to clean it. You only need to follow the simple steps given above. Cleaning your fridge water dispenser regularly not only helps to enhance its effectiveness but also help to enhance your health and that of your family. Wash your fridge water dispenser at least twice a month.

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