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Cleaning the kitchen is no easy task for anyone and the freezer is perhaps the appliance no one looks forward to dealing with. You could spend all day defrosting and cleaning your freezer, only to end up with some spoiled food and a slippery floor. We know it sounds scary, but fear not! In this post, we will teach you how to clean a freezer without turning it off.
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Having a dirty, iced up freezer can greatly decrease its efficiency, increase your power bill and ruin your stored food. Unpleasant smells and tastes can affect your products. However, you can avoid this by giving your appliances a good clean. Ideally, you should clean your freezer at least twice a year.
But what if you don’t have the time for a deep clean? You wouldn’t want your mince pies to smell like stale fish, right? So, here’s how to quickly and effectively clean a freezer without turning it off.
Note: Use this method if you need a fast surface clean of your freezer. If you want to fully clean it, we recommend turning it off to avoid any risks or damages to your appliance.
First things first – you need to defrost the freezer if you want to clean it properly. So, this is where you start:
Now that you’re fully prepared, it’s time to begin cleaning the freezer. Keep in mind that you will need to clean the shelves and drawers, too.
You need to melt any ice that may have built up inside your freezer. Start by using a cloth dipped in hot, soapy water to wipe it down. Once the edges start to melt, the ice pieces should be easy to break off. Once they come off, throw them in the sink. Use a wet cloth to wipe down the walls and floor of the freezer to get rid of any leftover frost.
Use a microfiber cloth (or a sponge) dipped in the solution to wipe down the door, walls and floor of your freezer. You may need to repeat this step to get rid of more persistent stains. Don’t forget to clean the gasket – this is the rubber that insulates the freezer door – as well. Using an old toothbrush and the cleaning mixture, scrub any dirt off it and wipe the residue with a cloth.
Before putting anything back, you’d want to dry the freezer with the help of a clean cloth. This will get rid of any excess moisture inside. That way, you prevent any further ice build-up once you close the door and the temperature drops.
You should clean the drawers and shelves before returning them to the freezer. Use warm, soapy water to wash them and dry them off with a clean cloth. Put them back inside the freezer and close the door.
After about 15 minutes, the temperature inside the freezer will have dropped. You can return any products you have taken out and you’re all done!
If you don’t have the time to clean your freezer, there are other options. Most modern models have a self-defrosting feature. This makes cleaning them quicker and easier. If you’re not ready for a change of appliance or want to prevent freezer repair service, you can save time by having it professionally cleaned.
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