Your freezer is an appliance meant for long-term food storage, and its easy for a busy homemaker to forget what they’ve stashed inside. Its also easy to let leaks and spills go-unwiped, and for sticky food debris to gather in the nook and crannies of your freezer. Melted popsicles? Spilled margarita mix? Whatever your freezers enemy, some of them can read like a crime scene after a few months in a busy household.
Freezers can easily become destinations for old dinner party leftovers or stale chicken nuggets, and will become smelly additions to your kitchen if not organized and spiffied-up from time to time. Because your freezer may not fall into your typical cleaning routine, it’s good to set aside some time every couple of months to freshen it up and evaluate what food is actually being put to use. After all, your kitchen is supposed to be your kingdom and sanctuary. You love your freezer too much not to see it sparkling!
With a little homemade cleaning solution and a little elbow grease, it’s easy to get your freezer back into top form. Got a dirty freezer and thirty or so minutes to spare? Here are 10 Easy Steps to a Sparkling Clean Freezer.
Things You’ll Need
Large cooler (or two)
Fragrance-free dish soap
Vinegar or Baking Soda
Paper towels or dish towel
Rubber gloves (optional)
1.) Shut it off
2.) Unload the ice
Empty any ice or ice trays into a bowl and place in the cooler. Soak the trays or any removable ice-maker parts in a sink full of warm, soapy water.
3.) Unload the food
4.) Wash drawers and shelves
Remove all detachable drawers and shelves, then letting the units come to room temperature to avoid cracking before cleaning. Once at room temperature, wash them in a sink full of warm and soapy water. To avoid transferring any scents back to the food and freezer, it’s best to use fragrance-free dish soap if possible. Rinse thoroughly and let dry.
5.) Make your own solution
Make an organic solution using a recipe of equal parts hot water and white vinegar, or a recipe that calls for a quart of warm water with two tablespoons baking soda added. Transfer the liquid to a spray bottle and liberally spray the inside of your freezer, focusing on the areas that are hard to clean when the drawers and shelves are in place.
6.) Wipe down the inside
Wipe down the inside of the freezer with a wet sponge or dishcloth, reapplying the cleaning solution as necessary. Any stuck-on, sticky food particles can be covered with a paper towel sprayed with cleaning solution. Place it over the stubborn spot, letting it soak for 10 minutes before wiping away. Any spots that won’t budge can typically be buffed away with the rough side of your dish sponge or a toothbrush.
7.) Wipe down the doors
Be sure to wipe down the freezer door and the surrounding seal, gently scrubbing at any sticky spots with a toothbrush and cleaning solution.
8.) Dry out the inside
Wipe away any remaining cleaning solution and dry the inside of your freezer thoroughly with a dish towel or paper towel.
9.) Return the drawers and shelves
Now that the inside of your freezer is completely dry, replace the (squeaky clean!) drawers and shelves.
10.) Replace all food and ice back into the freezer.
Now is a good time to look through your frozen foods and evaluate what deserves to be in your sparkling clean freezer. Toss anything that has developed freezer burn, and organize the remaining frozen foods to your liking. Turn the unit back on, and voila! A freezer so clean it is fit for a palace.
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