How to Get Calcium Deposits Off of an Ice Dispenser

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Keep the refrigerator ice dispenser clean, shiny and free of calcium deposits.

Scaly white buildup on the outside of your ice dispenser looks less than appetizing. No matter how often you clean it, calcium deposit stains leave the dispenser looking dirty. Everyday kitchen cleaners often fail to remove stains left by hard water but when these stains are left unattended, they continue to build up. You can get rid of calcium deposits on your ice dispenser with supplies commonly found in the kitchen. Once they're removed, your ice dispenser looks much more appealing.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • White distilled vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Bowl
  • Old toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Clean cloths
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Instructions

    • 1

      Moisten three to five paper towels with full-strength white vinegar. Do not wring out the towels.

    • 2

      Press or drape the paper towels onto or over the different parts of the ice dispenser where calcium deposits are present. Leave the vinegar-soaked paper towels in contact with the surface for one hour to loosen the calcium deposits.

    • 3

      Remove the paper towels from the ice dispenser. Discard them in the garbage.

    • 4
      The mild acid in lemons naturally removes mineral deposits.
      The mild acid in lemons naturally removes mineral deposits.

      Pour 1 tbsp. of lemon juice in a bowl. Dip an old toothbrush in the lemon juice to wet the bristles. Sprinkle baking soda over the toothbrush bristles.

    • 5
      An old toothbrush easily cleans inside small crevices.
      An old toothbrush easily cleans inside small crevices.

      Scrub the surface of the ice dispenser to remove calcium deposits loosened by the vinegar. Rinse the toothbrush frequently. Add more lemon juice and baking soda to gently remove any remaining calcium deposit residue.

    • 6

      Rinse the ice dispenser by wiping it with a damp cloth. Dry the surface with another cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe the ice dispenser with white vinegar each day to prevent calcium buildup from returning.

  • If calcium and other mineral deposits are building up around the ice cube dispenser, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and secure it around the ice cube dispensing part of the appliance with a rubber band. Allow the vinegar to remain in place for 30 minutes to clear out the dispensing mechanism and remove mineral deposits.

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