5 ice machine handling tips
Ice can contain various bacteria and hazardous elements if you don’t handle your machine the proper way. Also, if you use contaminated water, your family can catch some pretty severe illnesses like E. Coli. To avoid these outcomes, you need to use the machine properly and pay attention to some pretty important elements. We have made a list of five most important things you should do to avoid getting ill.

Don’t Forget to Use Gloves

It doesn’t matter how clean your hands are; you still have a ton of germs and microscopic dirt on them. The ideal thing would be to disinfect them by using gel, but that gets annoying after a while, and some people don’t want to spend money on it. However, the alternative is much cheaper, and it’s easy to get used to it. The type of gloves doesn’t matter much, but it’s advised that you use nylon gloves because they are probably the cheapest ones. Latex surgical gloves will also do the job. Don’t forget to wash your hand thoroughly before putting the gloves on, and avoid reusing them.
Don’t forget to use gloves

Use a Scoop

Many people neglect the use of a scoop because it gets pretty annoying after a while. However, it’s one of the crucial elements for preserving top levels of hygiene. It’s impossible to use a sterile tool, but you should aim for the closest thing to it. If you use a contaminated tool, the gloves have no effect whatsoever. Therefore, always try using an ice scoop and make sure it’s as clean as it can be.
Use a scoop

Store the Scoop in Sanitary Conditions and Clean it Daily

As we mentioned, using an ice scoop is the perfect recipe for avoiding any contamination of ice. However, if you use a dirty tool, everything is pretty much in vain. The best way to store an ice scoop is in a dedicated holder instead of keeping it inside the machine. Also, one of the most important things is the daily cleaning process because if you skip it, you’ll contaminate the ice.

Cleaning the scoop shouldn’t be an issue. You can use soap, sanitizers, boiling water, or a dishwasher. It’s not important what you use as long as it’s able to decontaminate the scoop. The ideal thing would be to sterilize it, but not many people have a sterilizer in their homes.

Do Not Reuse it

One of the worst things you could do is put the ice back in the machine. A lot of people think it is okay to put the excess back into the unit if you misjudge the amount. However, it’s a completely wrong assumption, and you should never do it. As soon as the ice touches something out of the unit, it’s safe to say that it’s contaminated. Any leftover ice should be discarded and thrown away.

Clean the Machine Regularly

Maintenance is one of the most important parameters of a well-handled machine. Although it’s recommended that you clean it thoroughly every six months, it’s advised that you clean it once a month. It doesn’t need to be a thorough clean, washing the components and wiping the inner part of the machine with a wet sponge will lower the chances of contamination by a lot. If you want to read about optimal maintenance, check our article about it.

Use Water Filters

It doesn’t matter how clean your water is, using a filter is always the best and safest choice. The good thing about water filters is that they aren’t as expensive as you might think. People often give up on installing a filter because most of them believe that it’s an expensive piece of equipment.

However, if your budget allows it, go ahead and buy it. The reasons are pretty simple. First of all, the water is filtrated and thus cleaner meaning the ice is going to be less contaminated by various bacteria found in tap water. Furthermore, the unit will perform better and last for longer.

If you have any uncertainties, go ahead and read our Buyer’s Guide and you should find some answers. Remember to keep the unit in good condition, and you’ll minimize the chances of contamination and preserve your health.