The operation usually has to be done at least twice a year because opening and closing the door creates an unpleasant layer of ice to which is added the presence of food inside that generates moisture.
Having a clean, ice-free freezer is indispensable for storing everything we need inside. Over time, ice inevitably forms and we struggle to open the drawers. If we are struggling with this problem, then it is time to defrost the freezer. It may seem like a long and difficult task, but thanks to a few small tricks we will have an appliance as good as new in a short time.
Most of the time, the operation has to be done at least twice a year because opening and closing the door creates an annoying layer of ice, to which is added the presence of food inside that generates moisture. The layer of ice when it becomes thick makes it difficult to open and close drawers. To this must be added an increase in utility costs, because the motor under strain consumes more energy to cool.
How can we defrost the freezer?
The first thing to do is to empty it completely. If we have a lot of food inside and we don’t want to consume it all, we have to secure it and not interrupt the cold chain. So, to maintain the quality of the food, we have to place it inside thermal bags filled with freezer blocks frozen in the previous days. Once the bag is closed, to thermally insulate it, we can cover it with newspaper sheets to slow down the defrosting of the food.
Beware of electricity
Having sorted out the contents, we need to unplug the freezer. If it is connected to the refrigerator, we can simply switch it off with the appropriate button. This avoids straining the freezer motor and thus consuming extra energy. If we do not have much time and want to get rid of excess ice quickly, we can use boiling water. Once it is heated and has reached temperature, we pour it into plastic containers that we then place inside the drawers. The heat melts the ice, which gradually comes off the walls.
When the pieces can be removed, we place them inside a basin, while we remove the excess water with a microfibre cloth. For removing larger pieces, help comes from special scrapers. Designed for the freezer, the important thing is not to act with force so as not to run the risk of breaking the coil.
How can we clean drawers?
Once all the ice has been removed, the freezer drawers and walls must be cleaned with a damp cloth. If the dirt is persistent, we can use a mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda, which will then be wiped off with a clean cloth. After drying the inside, a little trick to slow down the formation of ice is to wipe the walls with a layer of vegetable oil.
Now that the freezer is clean and dry, we can turn on the switch or plug in the socket, and close the freezer door. In this way, the temperature will become cold again. After half an hour, we can insert the washed and dried drawers and place the food inside, checking if it is still frozen. If it is soft, the defrosting process has been started and it should therefore be consumed within the day.
Products for defrosting the freezer
- Cooler bag
- Refrigeration bricks
- Ice scraper
- Microfibre cloth
- Baking soda