Keeping your IcePlate clean is simple and easy. Here are a few helpful tips:
Dishwasher Safe or Hand Wash
IcePlate, including the hose and Bite Valve/Dust Cover Kit, are Dishwasher Safe. Simply unscrew the cap (this can be stowed in the silverware compartment of your dishwasher) and place the IcePlate cap side down in the lower rack. If your IcePlate includes our Quick Disconnect feature, the upper portion of the tube can be removed and placed in the top rack. Run the IcePlate through your normal wash and dry cycle.
Another option is to hand wash your IcePlate with a mild soap and water solution. After filling your sink with hot soapy water, clean IcePlate with a non-scratch surface safe sponge (avoid scouring pads and chore boys). Flush water through the Bite Valve to remove soap from the hose before drinking. IcePlate should be thoroughly rinsed out and placed upside down to dry.
Cleaning Your Tube
Either of the above options work for cleaning your tube as well. Many users have noted that condensation builds up within the tube and can be difficult to remove. This is not particularly problematic for day to day use, but the tube should be thoroughly dried prior to long-term storage. For these purposes, we recommend using the Platypus Tube Brush. The Platypus Tube Brush is a thin brush that is attached to a long piece of wire. It can currently be purchased as part of the Platypus Cleaning Kit (Please Note: the larger brush that comes with this kit does not fit into the mouth of the IcePlate; it can be used to scrub the outer portion at best).
When cleaning the Quick Disconnect version of our IcePlate, remove the Bite Valve/Dust Cover from the upper portion of the tube.
Run the length of the Tube Brush through the tube and remove. This will dry out the condensation particles.
For the portion of the tube attached to the IcePlate, remove the female QD piece from the tubing.
Insert the Tube Brush.
Hang the IcePlate and tubing to dry completely before long term storage. Reassemble before use.
What other techniques have you used to clean your IcePlate? We look forward to reading your comments below!