Ice is a food, so the FDA requires you to Ice maker handle and store it safely. Ice bins, where ice is stored before use, function simply compared to ice making machines, but they are uncanny in their ability to house slime, bacteria, mold, and other unwanted substances. These growths, collectively known as biofilm, thrive in the dark, wet habitat of an ice machine bin. Biofilm, as well as the bacteria introduced by human contact with the bin, are not things you want to be on the ice consumed by your customers or employees.
Luckily, ice bins are also simpler to clean than ice machines. Ice bins should be cleaned routinely on an ice machine cleaning schedule, though we suggest cleaning your ice bin more often due to how much human interaction there is the with the bin and due to any environmental factors (more on that later). Keep reading to learn how to thoroughly clean your ice bin so it can continue to store ice safely.