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What's That Stuff In My Ice?

DuffyH Aug 29, 2013 04:28 AM

We've got an LG French Door fridge. Our ice is cloudy at the center, clear near the edge. When it melts, it leaves little white particles floating in our glasses.

Our water is poured from a Brita pitcher, and is clear as a bell until we add ice.

We installed an inline filter outside the fridge, but got no joy. We're still getting white stuff in our water. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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    kagemusha49 Aug 29, 2013 03:16 PM

    Do you have hard water? If so, various salts could precipitate out when you freeze the ice and would look like white powder. These would be very slow to dissolve when the ice melted - think of the crud you get in a kettle.

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      cayjohan Aug 29, 2013 03:42 PM

      That's my guess as well. My parents' home had extremely hard water, and while the flavor of the water was excellent, it made very unappealing ice. We called the whole mess "ice dandruff" for all the white floaty flakes that were unavoidable with melting ice. When it mattered, aesthetically, we were just resigned to buying ice.

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        DuffyH Aug 29, 2013 06:14 PM

        We do indeed have hard water. Hmmm.

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        Alan408 Aug 29, 2013 09:56 AM

        I have that, according to my water company it is maganese or magnesium (one or the other). My neighbors and I have not been able to fix it.

        When I want "clean" ice cubes, I buy them or make them in a tray with bottled water.

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          DuffyH Aug 29, 2013 02:48 PM

          Well, that sucks. But it's good to know I don't have to spend a lot more time trying to fix it. Well, maybe a better filter.

          But in the meantime, we also buy ice when it has to be pretty.

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          kaleokahu Aug 29, 2013 09:50 AM

          Hi, Duffy:

          Does your fridge have a water tap on the door? If so do the white particles also appear when you just run water, or are they just in the ice?

          Whenever I hear icemaker woes, I remember watching an episode of Restaurant Impossible, where Mr. Muscles rips a cover off a resto model ice machine that was "cleaned regularly". Unbelievably grungy, and absolutely orange with bacteria.

          For clearer cubes, you might try boiling your Britta water before freezing in trays and start them freezing while the water is still warm. Some claim boiling the water twice is even better, but after you do this a few times, you end up liking cloudy ice a lot more.

          Aloha,
          Kaleo

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            ricepad Aug 29, 2013 12:26 PM

            "Mr. Muscles"! I love it!

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              kaleokahu Aug 29, 2013 12:44 PM

              Some episodes, it's Mr. Musclehead.

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              DuffyH Aug 29, 2013 02:46 PM

              Hey Kaleo,

              I've got an icemaker only, no water, nothing in the door. This was LG's first French Door model, pretty bare bones.

              So it's just in the ice. It only bothers me when it melts and I can see it. The water's sort of warm by then anyway, so I toss it.

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              Hobbert Aug 29, 2013 05:38 AM

              My understanding is that ice is cloudy because its either frozen too fast (trapped air) or contains particles. If the particles are still there when it melts, I'd go with the second. Personally, I wouldn't care but if you do, you could look into a bigger and/or better filter. I base this knowledge on an ice sculpture show that I go to every year. I like ice :)

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                DuffyH Aug 29, 2013 02:49 PM

                Thanks, Hobbert.

                There's no way it's trapped air, because air leaves nothing behind. I'll definitely look into another filter.

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