How to defrost your freezer easily

Defrosting made easy

Every once in a while, you notice the build up of ice in the freezer. What happens if you leave this is that the freezer becomes less efficient, and has trouble sealing correctly. It is important, therefore, that you defrost the freezer at regular intervals to keep it in tip top shape. Often, owners get lazy. Other things get in the way of such an onerous task, and the build up becomes excessive. This article explains how to defrost your freezer with the minimum of fuss.


Step 1


The timing is vital. Try and defrost the freezer at a time when the level of food contained within it are minimal. This eliminates the risk of damage to food. It is not healthy to keep defrosting food and then freezing it again, so by ensuring you choose a time when the freezer has very little contents, you eliminate risk.

Step 2

Storing the contents of the freezer

This gives you a great chance to read all the labels and get rid of food which has accumulated and which may have passed its sell-by date. This is also a time for sorting. Put all the foods which will be put back into the freezer into a cold box or equivalent storage during the defrost process.

Step 3

Defrosting process

During the defrost process, mess can be avoided by putting absorbent cloth around the base of the freezer. Water spillage is likely to occur. Turn off the freezer. If the freezer forms part of a dual purpose fridge freezer unit, you may not wish to turn off the fridge. In this case, use the button within the freezer or wherever this is located and turn it back to zero. In cases where you have an independent unit, unplug from the wall.

Most people are hurried when doing a task such as this, and impatient to get all the frozen food back into the freezer though it takes time to thaw. Place a large pan of hot water in the base of the freezer to help the ice to melt. As it melts, gather up the loose ice from the bottom of the freezer and put into a bucket. Little by little you work your way through the defrosting process. One way which is safe and which helps the melting process is the use of a hairdryer.

Step 4

Final clean-up ready to take your food

After all the ice has been removed, give the whole freezer a wipe through. Wipe all the seals, and doors, sides and accessible parts. The seal needs to be cleaned as without your help may fail at some future stage simply because of being clogged with dirt.

Step 5

Putting the freezer back into service

When you turn the freezer back on, be sure that you use the recommended settings. If the motor is noisy, look to see if the freezer is level as sometimes during the cleaning process this can be disturbed. Place newer food at the bottom of the freezer and the older food at the top, so that dates are respected. Doing this on a regular basis is a very good idea, since the process is less time consuming and keeps your freezer working effectively. Don’t wait until that pile of ice reminds you there is something wrong. If you stick a label on the back of the door of the freezer with the date you defrosted it, you will be reminded and this will prompt you to do this process on a more regular basis, every couple of months, keeping your freezer operational, and your food fresh as the day it was bought.

Things Needed
• Patience
• Freezer boxes to store food
• Cloth
• Bowls to get rid of excess water
• Hairdryer
• New food labels

Tips & Warnings
• Always avoid using sharp implements to remove ice. What this can potentially do is to damage the freezer. Patience will pay off if you take your time.


    Meggison  05.10.2015 16:02

    i have had my freezer for 4 years, and never yet defrosted it, so your article certainly caught my eye! thanks for the info.

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