A dirty ice machine can contain more bacteria than a toilet.
Viruses and bacteria survive in ice cubes.
The contaminated ice can be affected with salmonella, E. coli, and shigella.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOU EAT DIRTY ICE
The effects can be as mild as a cold or as drastic as death.
If a customer does get sick from a dirty ice machine, the word can travel fast on social media that you are running an unclean facility.
WHEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR ICE MACHINE?
Routine cleaning is an absolute must if you want to maintain a clean supply of ice for your guests.
Air-cooled ice machines have an air filter to trap incoming particulates – but they’re not 100% effective. Air filters require regular weekly cleanings, or they can clog. Even if when you do keep a clean air filter, trace amounts of dust and dirt will inevitably find their way into your ice machine, so you still need a deep cleaning at least every six months.