Water is one of the most important things we can put into our bodies, but when it tastes like plastic or mildew we would rather opt for something else. It would be great if we were fortunate enough to have our very own natural springs in our backyards, but we settle for the water filtration system that comes with most side by side refrigerators.
The internet is full of forums on this subject, so I have compiled my list of tips to help you find the best possible solutions for better tasting refrigerator water and ice cubes.
Check Your Filter
The number one complaint I come across is the refrigerator water tastes like plastic. The first thing to do is check your water filtration system. Filters should be replaced every six months and more frequently depending on your usage. Keep a note posted on the side of the refrigerator with the make and model number of your refrigerator for easy replacement filter orders.
The instructions on the water filter will generally tell you to dump the first 5-10 gallons of water and the first few batches of ice. This will help flush the system by bringing fresh water into the lines, reservoir, and new filter.
Water Lines and Reservoir
Most refrigerators have flexible plastic water lines that connect your home’s water to your refrigerator. Check these lines and make sure they are free from any black grime. These plastic lines can absorb odors and leach into the water causing it to taste like plastic or anything else musty for that matter. If you can, have a professional man change out the lines for copper ones and flush your system again.
This should take away the plastic taste leaving you with refreshing tasting water. If your water is still off putting, check your water reservoir tank. Clean or replace your water reservoir tank and test your water again.
Water Filtration Systems
Water quality can be affected by a number of factors. Hard water and minerals can cause your filtration system to wear down causing your water to be less than desirable. You can purchase water test strips from your local store to see if your home’s water is a candidate for a soft water system or reverse osmosis.
Although, it is said that consuming soft water through a refrigerator filtration could lead to higher levels of sodium, it is suggested that you choose reverse osmosis which is how bottled water is filtered.
Strong smelling foods such as fish, cheese, or spices can be absorbed into your water and ice. Make sure to wrap and seal any potentially potent foods tightly, so the odors don’t transfer into the water and ice. Keep a box of baking soda in the door or closest to the point of any robust smells and make sure to change the baking soda out every month.
Keep It Clean
Check and make sure there are no food spills or mildew growing inside your refrigerator or freezer. You can clean your refrigerator and freezer naturally using equal parts warm water and baking soda with a tablespoon of lemon.