Your freezer is a cold sanctuary, one of the most useful features in your refrigerator allowing you to store your favorite foods for longer. It’s the unsung hero in your kitchen, but like any other appliance, it needs some love too to maintain its peak performance. Deep cleaning your freezer may not be the most fun appliance chore, but it’s crucial.
At Maydone, we are advocated for cleaning and care as a way to avoid having tp call us for repairs often. So, tell why you should deep clean your freezer and provide a step-by-step guide to make the process as easy as possible.
Why Should You Deep Clean Your Freezer?
It keeps your food safe to enjoy
The primary reason to deep clean your freezer is food safety. Over time, the ice can accumulate on the interior walls of your freezer. This creates an insulating layer that causes your freezer to work harder to maintain the desired temperature.
This can lead to inconsistent freezing, increasing the risk of food going bad in certain areas, contamination of other frozen goods, and other health risks.
More efficient appliance
The cleaner the freezer the more efficiently it runs. Removing ice build-up and debris helps your freezer maintain a consistent temperature, which reduces energy consumption.
This can lead to significant cost savings over time on your energy bill, that’s always good to hear!
A longer-running freezer
A regular deep cleaning can extend the lifespan of your freezer because it runs smoother. This means fewer calls for refrigerator repairs and more time to eat and enjoy.
When your freezer doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain temperature, it experiences less wear and tear. A well-maintained freezer can last for many many years.
Maintain food quality
Not only can food safety be affected but quality can take a hit too when your freezer is untidy.
Ice crystals can damage the texture and flavor of the food in your freezer. By maintaining a clean freezer, you’ll ensure that your frozen items stay in the best possible condition.
Now, let’s get dirty!
A Step-by-Step Guide To Deep Cleaning Your Freezer
Before you begin, get prepared start by gathering your cleaning supplies and reading the area where you are going to work.
- Warm, soapy water
- A sponge or cloth
- A few old towels
- A plastic scraper (or strong brush)
- A vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment
Step 1: Prepare Your Freezer
Start by unplugging your freezer or turning it off at the circuit breaker. You’ll want to ensure that the freezer is at room temperature before beginning the cleaning process, this will help with de-frosting and letting you actually clean the appliance.
Remove everything in your freezer and place them in a cooler with ice packs to keep things cold and safe.
Extra tip: The week before you clean you can try to buy fewer groceries so its easier to empty and clean
Step 2: Remove Ice Build-Up
If you have a significant amount of ice build-up, use a plastic scraper or utensil (even a spoon) to gently chip away at it.
Be careful not to use sharp objects like picks or knives, as they could damage the freezer’s interior. Use towels at the bottom of the freezer to prevent messes by catching the melting ice and water.
Step 3: Clean the Interior
Once the ice is removed, clean the interior of your freezer with warm, soapy water or your favorite type of cleaning liquid. Make sure to clear the detergent used with water since you will be using it to store food and don’t want chemicals left over.
Use a cloth or sponge to scrub away any stubborn stains.
Make sure to remove all food residue and debris. For any thorough cleaning, you need to remove all shelves and drawers and wash them separately.
After cleaning, rinse the interior with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue. Dry the interior with a dry, clean cloth or paper towel. It’s essential to make sure the freezer is completely dry before turning it back on.
Step 4: Vacuum the Coils and Compressor
Behind or underneath your freezer, you’ll find coils and a compressor. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove dust and debris.
This step ensures that your freezer runs efficiently.
Step 5: Reassemble and Organize
Once your freezer is clean and dry, reassemble the shelves and drawers. Organize the items you removed earlier, discarding any old or freezer-burned food.
Consider labeling or dating items to track what’s in your freezer, eat it in time, and avoid wasting your favorite foods.
Step 6: Plug In and Monitor Temperature
Plug your freezer back in or turn it on at the circuit breaker. It may take some time to return to the desired temperature, so be patient.
You can use a thermometer to monitor the freezer’s temperature to make sure it reaches and maintains the appropriate level for frozen foods.
Step 7: Regular Maintenance
To keep your freezer the same as the day you installed it, make deep cleaning a part of your regular maintenance routine.
Aim to do a deep clean at least twice a year or more often if you notice significant ice build-up. In between deep cleanings, keep an eye on spills and debris, remove them with warm wipes, and keep the interior clean.
Clean and Cold
You don’t have to love deep cleaning your freezer or any appliance, but it does pay back! Not only does it ensure the safety of your food, but it also extends the lifespan of your freezer and saves you money on energy costs.
This step-by-step guide can help you keep your freezer in peak condition and enjoy your frozen delights without worry.
So, set aside time, and give your freezer the TLC it deserves. Your future self will thank you for it when you reach for that pint of ice cream or that steak and it looks as perfect as the day you got it!