Refrigerator - Cleaning the Dispenser

Many refrigerators feature a dispenser for ice and water on the exterior of the fridge. The dispenser will need to be cleaned. Below are tips and instructions for keeping the dispenser clean and looking its best.


Dispenser Spill Shelf:

The ice and water dispenser spill shelf should be wiped dry immediately to prevent spotting if excessive spills or drips occur. Water left on the shelf may leave deposits. On models with a grill tray as a part of the dispenser shelf, try placing a paper towel under the grill to help absorb the water.


To remove deposits:

  1. Soak the area with one of the following solutions:

    • Undiluted vinegar

    • A mixture of 1 teaspoon of citric acid powder and 1 pint of hot tap water. This should NOT be used on stainless steel dispensers.

  2. Soak until the deposit disappears or becomes loose enough to wipe away. Usually, 30 minutes of soaking time is adequate.


Dispenser Body, Lever and Ice Chute:

The ice chute can be cleaned with mild soap and water and a soft cloth. Make sure the chute is dried after cleaning to prevent ice from building up and blocking the ice flow down the chute. The area behind the glass cradle or pad can be wiped clean with vinegar and water or a mild soap and water solution.

Note: The water tube that provides water from the dispenser does not require routine maintenance or cleaning. Therefore, there are no instructions on how to clean the water tube. Should the need arise to clean the water tube, service is recommended.


Soft Touch Dispenser Pad (on models so equipped):

The soft touch dispenser pad can be peeled off the back of the dispenser area and washed in the sink with warm soap and water or a solution of warm water and baking soda (about a tablespoon of baking soda to a quart of water.) Rinse thoroughly and dry.


To remove the pad:

  1. Open the freezer door when removing the dispenser pad so as not to activate the dispenser.

  2. Simply grab either the top left or top right corner of the pad and pull down. It will pull off easily.

  3. There is a small lip on the back of the pad that simply tucks back into the dispenser when you have finished cleaning it.


Should a repair be needed for the dispenser, you can always schedule a repair with GE Appliances Factory Service.