My freezer is constantly in a state of “Slam the Door and Run!” It’s so over packed with delicious food I’m certain I’ll eat later, that to add one more thing requires taking at least one thing out. Please tell me someone can relate?
The freezer often doesn’t make it on my regular “to-clean” list. Which means mysterious packages, oozing goo and debris can hide out in the darkest corners of this cold space for a long time without going noticed.
We want to help you get your freezer freshened and help you close that door without any special ninja skills.
What You Need
Paper towels or dish towel
1. Turn off the freezer: Switch your freezer off or unplug the unit — whichever is easiest.
2. Empty the ice: If you have an automatic ice-maker, go ahead and dump out all the ice in your freezer. It’s a good idea to start with fresh ice every month.
3. Unload the freezer: Take out all the frozen food. If this could take you a while (I’m not pointing any fingers, my freezer was real bad!) then pop your food in a cooler or two while you’re working. Be sure to throw away anything that has expired, developed freezer burn, or is otherwise unidentifiable! No use saving that stuff.
4. Remove and wash all detachable drawers and shelves:
Soak your drawers and shelves in the sink with some warm water and dish soap. Let them come to room temperature before plunging them in hot water to reduce the risk of cracking them.
5. Make a cleaning solution: Make a solution of equal parts hot water and vinegar. Pour into a spray bottle and spray down the inside of the freezer.
6. Wipe the inside: Wipe out the freezer with a sponge or dish cloth. Reapply the cleaning solution as needed. For stubborn, stuck-on food particles, spray your cleaning solution on a paper towel and place it over the sticky area. Let it soak for 10 minutes, then wipe away. If necessary, use an old toothbrush or scraper to gently scrub the area.
7. Wipe down the doors and door seal: Use a washcloth to clean around the seal.
8. Dry the inside: Dry the inside of the freezer thoroughly with a paper towel or dish towel.
9. Replace the shelves and drawers: After the inside of the freezer is completely dry, replace the shelves and drawers.
10. Replace all food and turn the unit back on.
Put all the food back into your freezer, organizing by category or priority. Use a “Freezer Inventory” like this one
, to help you keep track of what’s hiding back there. Don’t forget to turn the freezer back on!
Enjoy that clean freezer. This really should be down at least twice a year to help keep your freezer and foods inside safe and accessible. And really the more often you do it, the less work it should be each time! Happy cleaning!