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I am getting mold some where within my portable ice maker. We do not let water sit in it. When we are not using it we totally drain the whole unit and dry it out. I think it is contained within the rubber hoses. How do I clean them out without taking apart the whole ice maker?

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A sanitizing solution made with 1 ounce of bleach and a gallon of water will generally kill any mold. Add this solution to the water sump and run the machine in the clean cycle.

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