While a lot of us make the kitchen a number one priority when it comes to domestic cleaning, the majority would not have cleaned the freezer in a very long time and even the best cleaning company may demand more for completing the task on your behalf. If you see a heavy build-up of ice around the walls of your freezer and you’re finding it hard to pry some of the frozen food from the very back then it is most certainly time to get defrosting and cleaning.
If employing a cleaning company is not an option for you then here are a few cleaning tips on how to easily defrost and clean your freezer in next to no time. First of all you will need the following items to complete the task:
- A sponge
- Paper towels
- An old toothbrush
Now that you have all the necessary ingredients and tools for the job you can start emptying out the freezer of all items. This is a good time to check if certain food items are fit for consumption or need throwing out, and you will probably find that you’re left with a whole lot of room at the end of the cleaning process.
If you plan a few weeks ahead before getting started you could make emptying the freezer much easier by actually using most of it and not buying any frozen foods until after the job is completed by you or a professional cleaning company.
Once the freezer is empty, unplug it from the wall to defrost. Depending on how much ice build-up there is, it could take up to an hour to several hours. Place a load of paper towels to absorb the melted ice and prevent a massive puddle in the middle of your kitchen.
Use a hair dryer to speed up the defrosting process significantly.
Now that the freezer is defrosted you can freely pick out any stray bits of food like peas or oven fries.
Next, fill a bowl with warm water and a generous mixture of vinegar. Soak a sponge into your homemade solution and wipe down the walls and the inside of any pull out draws. Not only will the vinegar kill germs, it will also deodorise your freezer.
Use an old toothbrush to get into the awkward areas, such as the seal or the corners of your freezer.
Once you’re happy that all the surfaces are cleansed you can rinse them with clean water and dry using a fresh towel.
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