During the summer nothing is more refreshing than an ice cold glass of water. The only problem is, you reach into your freezer to grab a few ice cubes, or use your ice dispense, and your drink turns from refreshing to rancid. Bad tasting ice cubes may seem like the end of the world, but there are a few simple things you can do ensure you get that cool, crisp taste of ice water back in a jiffy.
If you use an ice cube tray…
If you use an ice cube tray, your first step would be to toss the ice cubes you currently have on hand. It could be that they have been sitting in the freezer too long and are stale.
Next, you should thoroughly clean the tray. If yours is dishwasher safe send it through a wash, if not wash by hand with warm soapy water.
Once your tray is clean, try freezing new cubes with tap (or bottled water if you don’t like the taste of tap water) and enjoy your delicious ice cubes!
If you still notice a funny taste after following those steps, it could be the odors in your freezer, which can leach into your ice cubes. You should be cleaning your freezer as often as you clean your fridge, but it’s easy to forget and let odors build up. To tackle them, start by turning the freezer off and empty the contents. This is a great time to sift through your frozen food and throw out anything that’s old. You can put the stuff you’d like to hold onto in the fridge until you’re done. Next, scrub down the freezer with hot water. If it smells especially funny, you can add some baking soda to the water to cut the smell. Once you’ve scrubbed and wiped everything down, you can put your food back and turn the freezer back on! Your ice cubes should taste noticeably better.
If you have an ice machine…
If you have an ice machine, old or stale ice could be a problem just as it is with an ice tray. Empty out all of the ice in the machine and see how the new batch tastes.
If you still notice a bad taste, as with an ice cube tray, your ice could be soaking up odors from the freezer. Follow the steps above and give your freezer a good washing!
If neither of these approaches changes the taste of your ice cubes, you may have a bad water supply. If impurities, minerals, salt or sulfur are sneaking into your water or ice cubes, you’ll taste it. To correct this, be sure that you are regularly changing your system’s water filter. You should be changing your water filter every six months, so perhaps you’re overdue! Change the filter yourself or if you’re uncomfortable don’t hesitate to contact a trustworthy appliance repair company.
If you’re in Utah County, give Peter’s Appliance a call. They have been providing residents with the best service and lasting results for years. With these steps and help from Peter’s Appliance, there will be nothing standing in the way between you and great tasting ice cubes in your ice cold glass of water!