We’ve all been there – the layer of ice and frost on the walls of your freezer is so thick that you need brute strength just to pry out the drawers to get to your food. But you may be surprised to learn that defrosting your freezer is a pretty easy job if you go about it properly.
Not only does an overgrowth of ice restrict the storage space in your freezer, but also makes it less energy efficient, meaning it’ll be costing you more money to run.
If you’re thinking you should really be getting around to defrosting your freezer, the most simple, pain-free way to do it is as follows:
- You’ll need a large bowl and a few towels to soak up the melted ice (ie. water!)
- First empty your freezer completely, including removing the drawers. If you’re worried about the food defrosting during this time you could store it in an insulated cool bag.
- Switch off the freezer. Place the bowl at the bottom of the freezer to catch drips, and the towel(s) directly at the front to soak up any water that runs out.
- It’s best to leave the freezer door open to speed up the melting process, but if you’d rather not do this you can put a pan or bowl of hot water inside the freezer and leave the door shut. If you choose to do this, bear in mind that you’ll need to replace the water every 15-20 minutes as it will go cold pretty quickly!
- As the ice melts it will loosen from the walls of the freezer, and you can help it along by removing chunks with a specialist ice-scraper or by hand (although this may get a bit chilly). NEVER try to pry away ice that’s still stuck on, or use a knife or other sharp implement as this can cause serious damage to your freezer.
- Once all the ice is gone, give your freezer a wipe down. It might even be a convenient time to give it a good clean.
- You can now replace the drawers and food, and switch the freezer back on.
You might also want to use a defrost spray if you want to speed up the defrosting process, or to keep on top of any future ice build-up.
Getting rid of that pesky ice is never going to be a holiday, but it need not be the bane of your life either. If you’ve got any tips or stories on defrosting we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
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