The automatic icemaker in your freezer doesn’t require cleaning in normal use. However, ice itself absorbs food odors from both compartments because most refrigerators use a common fan and air-circulation system. To help keep the ice fresh, clean both freezer and refrigerator at least twice a year. Place an opened box of baking soda in each compartment between cleanings.
Clean the ice storage tray at the same time. Dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth are the best choices here. Rinse and dry the tray and return it to the freezer.
Misshapen ice is old ice, so it’s very likely to taste funny, too. If you have a food-waste disposer in your sink, grind up old cubes under running water to help flush out grease and sharpen the disposer’s blades.
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