Why Clean The Water Dispenser In Your Fridge?
You might be wondering why you’d ever need to clean the water dispenser in your fridge. After all, doesn’t it just have relatively clean water flowing through it? Why would you need to clean that?
Actually, there are a number of reasons why your water filter needs an occasional clean and maintenance. Perhaps the most important reason is hard water. If you live in a region with hard water, which is a high level of dissolved minerals in drinking water, limescale can build up on any water-using appliance.
For your water dispenser in your fridge, this might look like a white film around the dispenser nozzle, or lime build up in the water lines. This can both increase the mineral content of the water passing through as well as decrease the water pressure of the dispenser, as part of the line may be blocked.
Another reason is simply bacterial build-up. Over time and with heavy use, bacteria can build up on almost any appliance. Your refrigerator’s water dispenser is no exception.
Read: What happens if you don’t clean your refrigerator filter?
We always want to make sure we’re minimizing bacterial build-up on any appliance that prepares our food or drinks. Just like you wouldn’t leave your coffee maker or kettle to sit without at least an occasional wipe down with some soap, so too must you clean your fridge’s dispenser.
How often you need to clean your dispenser depends on the hardness of your water and how often you use it. Typically, most refrigerator dispensers need a deep clean once every 6 to 12 months. Nozzles, buttons, and fridge door components usually need a quick clean every week or two (but you can use a soapy wet cloth). If you live in an area with very hard water, you may find that it’s beneficial to do a deep clean of your dispenser more frequently than every 6 months.