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How to defrost and clean a fridge freezer – a few easy tips to make cleaning fridges and freezers a little easier

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The fridge freezer is a necessary
appliance and also one of the most useful, not only does it help
keep our food fresh, but it also stores a glut of groceries for us
to use at a later date.

So how do you go about cleaning it?

Below you’ll find the best practice
for cleaning the fridge freezer and also the quickest way to defrost



If you’re battling with the door trying to get your
frozen pizza out, it’s time to defrost it. The downside to this is that
there is not a quick way to go about it. However, there are a few tips you
can use to make the task less laborious:

1. Unplug the appliance.
This is an extremely important safety measure.

2. Remove all the food. With this in
mind, an ideal time to defrost your freezer is when stock is low. If you
have a cool box this can be used to keep some of the items cold, others
should be wrapped in newspaper or old, clean towels.

3. Lay down towels or newspapers on the
floor surrounding the freezer.

4. To speed up the thawing place bowls of
boiling water on each shelf
and return to freezer in about 20
minutes to half an hour.

5. With a blunt non metal item start to
remove as much ice as you possibly can.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all ice is
removed. Depending on the state of your freezer this may take some time.

7. Once the ice is removed you can begin
cleaning it. Wipe down the shelves and the exterior of the
freezer using soapy water. A great tip is to use washing up liquid.


As thawing takes a while, this gives you the perfect
opportunity to clean your fridge. After a while the fridge can begin to
smell and look untidy, for instance some jam may have spilt onto a shelf.
However, with these cleaning tips, you can have your fridge back to its
gleaming state:

1. The fridge is already unplugged, so all you
need to do is remove the food and take out the shelves and drawers.

2. Fill the sink with hot soapy water and
leave the shelves to soak.

3. With tough food stains you can use a
multipurpose cleaner to spot clean. Leave for a little while and
then scrub off using an old toothbrush.

4. After you’ve finished spot cleaning, give
the fridge a wipe down using hot soapy water.

5. Now that the shelves have been left to soak,
stains should be easy to wash off. Clean shelves with washing up
liquid for a sparkling finish.

6. With the drawers leave them to soak in hot
soapy water
, whilst you tackle your freezer.

7. Dry the shelves and drawers and place
all the components back in their rightful place. Clean the exterior
using a multipurpose cleaner and you’re left with a clean fridge

8. Replace the food back into the fridge
and freezer.