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How Do I Clean A Freezer?

Posted at June 14, 2012 | By : | Leave a Comment!

One of the most neglected areas of cleaning is the freezer. It sits quietly in the corner humming gently away, only looked into now and again. Because it’s not a weekly job it can literally be left for months.

Did you know the more times you open the door the more frequently you will need to defrost it. That’s because the vapour in the air that gets into the freezer every time you open the door will form ice once it freezes.



1. Switch off at the wall

2. Empty the freezer

3. Use thick newspaper and or a cool bag to place the food in.

4. Remove the drawers, trays, and ice cube trays

5. Use either thick newspaper or old towels at the base of the freezer to catch water

6. Aid the defrosting by, boiling a kettle, pour into a bowl and place inside the freezer

7. Run a hot cloth along the seal of the freezer door, removing any crumbs and debris

8. Wash all the drawers and trays with tiny drop of washing up liquid and hot water. Rinse, leave to air dry.

9. As the ice melts you can chip carefully away at any loose bits of ice. Replenish the bowl with more boiled water as necessary.

10. When all the ice has gone fill your bowl with warm water, sprinkle some bi-carbonate of soda in the bottom of the freezer, dab your damp cloth in it and thoroughly wipe inside the walls, seals of the door, inside door and base of the freezer. Use kitchen towel to dry it all.

11. Replace all the drawers trays, ice cube containers and finally your food. It will look as good as new.

Put the kettle on.. For a cup of tea this time of course!


1. Using a paste of bi-carbonate of soda and water is an excellent cleaning solution. It cleans and freshens odors in the freezer. Use in your fridge also

2. Add a dab of vanilla essence to the bi-carb and water solution for added freshness and a delightful odor.

3. Many of the more modern freezers do not need defrosting, or require little defrosting, as they come with a mechanism for defrosting already built in. If you have an older model requiring defrosting, try to do it regularly to keep the freezer running efficiently.

4. Being careful not to get electrocuted, you can use a blow dryer for stubborn chunks of ice… or just be patient.

5. If  it is cold enough outside then you could simply put the drawers of food directly outside and cover with a sheet to keep clean and keep any animals out while you defrost the freezer.

 6. After cleaning, dip a paper towel in some vegetable oil, and rub the entire inside of your freezer with a light coat of the oil. This will slow or even stop the build up of ice in your freezer.

7. Apply oil to the rubber seal of the fridge and freezer doors, making sure all the grooves are wetted. This prevents the rubber seal drying out in the years to come and helps to maintain a strong suction seal when the door closes. After a fresh application there will be stains on the fridge where the door meets but a few wipe downs and the oil itself will eventually be absorbed by the rubber seal itself. Using a thicker oil like olive oil prevents oil from dripping too much.

Till next time happy de-frosting.

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