Some freezers are not frost proof and can develop a thick layer of ice. When this happens, the appliance becomes less efficient and contents can get stuck to the shelves. Defrosting the freezer is a quick and simple task that can be done without calling in the professionals. Within a few hours, the freezer will look and work just like new.
You will need:
Step 1: Unplug the freezer from the wall outlet. Empty the contents, placing them in coolers with ice packs.
Step 2: Remove ice cube trays and drawers from the freezer. Use the ice cubes in drinks, the dog’s water bowl, or to water the plants, rather than throwing them down the drain.
Step 3: Place newspapers on the floor around the freezer so any water from melting ice will be absorbed. Slide these slightly under the freezer to prevent water accumulation in that area.
Step 4: Boil water, pour it into a bowl or tub, and put it by the freezer. Put on the rubber gloves. Dip the towel into the water and apply it to the freezer shelves in order to begin the melting process. You can also place the bowl with hot water on one shelf of the freezer and leave it there to warm the area. Wipe the freezer door seal with the cloth, making sure to remove any accumulated debris. Keep the freezer door open.
Step 5: Wash the drawers and ice cube trays in the sink using dish detergent, hot water, and the sponge. Melt away ice with the hot water. Rinse and dry the trays and drawers.
Step 6: After 15 or 20 minutes, begin knocking ice out of the freezer onto the newspaper. Discard the newspaper as it gets wet, replacing it with a fresh supply.
Step 7: Heat more water, pour it into the bowl, and dip the towel in it. Dab the towel onto icy areas and place the bowl on the shelf beneath the areas that are iciest. Allow the freezer several hours to defrost, keeping the freezer door open.
Step 8: Fill the bowl with hot water and dish detergent. Dip a clean towel into the solution and use it to clean the interior of the freezer and the door seal. Dip another towel into clean water and use it to wipe down the freezer, then dry it with another towel.
Step 9: Dip the paper towel in vegetable oil and use it to rub the inside of the freezer. This slows the rate of ice buildup and can even prevent it.
Step 10: Replace the ice trays and drawers and then put the food back into the freezer. Close the freezer door and turn on the appliance.