How To Defrost A Freezer
How To Defrost A Freezer
VideoJug shows you how to properly defrost a freezer so that it becomes more clean and economical. VideoJug makes this tiresome chore almost easy with this helpful step by step guide.
Step 1: You will need
- rubber gloves
- old newspapers
- a bowl
- hot water
- a cloth
- a household sponge
- a metal scourer
- washing up detergent
- a tub
- a water spray
- paper towels
- a cool bag
Step 2: Switch off
Unplug the freezer from the power supply
Step 3: Empty
Remove all the food from the freezer. To prevent it from thawing, wrap it in newspaper and place it in a cool bag. Store this in the coldest area of your house.
Remove any drawers as you go, and take out ice cube trays
Step 4: Prevent a puddle
Put newspapers around the base of the freezer, this will soak up the water as the ice melts. Old newspapers are ideal for this job as they can slide under the freezer and are extremely absorbent.
Step 5: Facilitate the thaw
Fill a bowl with just boiled water and place it by the freezer. Dip a cloth in the hot water and dab it onto the ice covered shelves. This accelerates the melting process. Run the hot cloth along the top seal of the freezer door, this area often traps food which has fallen down from the fridge.
Step 6: Wash the removables
Take the drawers to the sink. Rinse with hot water to melt any remaining ice.
Fill the sink with hot water and squirt in a little washing up detergent. Use a household sponge to wash the drawers one at a time. Wash the ice cube trays too. Then rinse everything and leave to dry.
Step 7: Check the progress
After 15 to 20 minutes return to the freezer. Knock out any lumps of ice onto the newspaper. Roll up the now soggy newspaper sheets and discard, then lay out a dry layer.
Pour another bowl of just boiled water, and dab it over any areas which are still very icy.
Refill the bowl with hot water and place it on a shelf under the areas with most ice. The warm steam rise and defrost this stubborn layer.
Now leave the freezer until it has completely defrosted, this could take a couple of hours.
Step 8: Clean
Fill a bowl with hot water, squirt in a little detergent. Dip in a cloth and wipe down the inside of the freezer. Don't forget the seal, this is where food will often get trapped. Not only is it unhygienic but also prevents the door from closing properly. Use a metal scourer to clean it thoroughly all the way around.
To rinse, spray the inside of the freezer with water, then dry off with kitchen towel.
Step 9: Replace
Your freezer will now look as good as new. Put the drawers back in. Unwrap the food and place back in the freezer. Close the door and finally switch the appliance back on.