White Ice vs. Clear Ice: How Can I Make Clear Ice?

White ice vs. Clear iceHave you ever wondered why your ice at home is cloudy and the ice at restaurants is crystal clear? The short answer is that your home ice contains entrapped minerals and air that creates a cloudy appearance. However, much of the commercial ice you buy is made in a different way, which entraps air to keep your ice clear.

Commercial businesses (restaurants, etc.) have different ways of achieving this, but one thing is for certain: the more contaminants in your drinking water, the cloudier it will be. When you freeze ice at home, the outside freezes first, trapping any impurities inside where it interferes with the crystalline structure.  This is why the outside of ice cubes is usually clear, but the inside is cloudy.

So, how do you achieve clearer ice in your home? The best thing to do is to make sure your water is filtered. Filtering your water removes harmful impurities, resulting in a healthier choice for you and clearer ice for your home. It is also recommended to use a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system such as the Pentek RO System for best results. RO water systems remove most of all solids in your drinking water, making it pure to drink and your ice clearer. The fewer impurities in your water, the clearer it will be.

Achieving clear ice may be challenging, but it is not impossible. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it starts with water. The clearer your water is, the clearer the ice will be. Boiling your water before freezing will also help produce clearer ice. Browse through our selection of refrigerator water filters and RO systems today to see which one best suits your needs. You can have clearer ice in your home just in time for Christmas.