Cleaning your freezer should not be a daunting task, in fact it should only take under 30 minutes.
How often should you clean the freezer?
Personally, I like to give my freezer a good clean about once a month. That way when I make my meal plans this makes it so much easier to see exactly wheat I have on hand.
Plus cleaning out the freezer can save you money!
Maybe you have freezer meals that you forget about. So the less food you need to purchase that week.
So let’s get into how to clean your freezer!
How To Clean A Freezer Quickly in 10 Easy Steps
1 – Remove All The Food
Start by removing all the food you have in your freezer.
If you are cleaning your deep freezer move all those items into your kitchen freezer.
Or you can store the items in a cooler with ice to keep them from defrosting while you are cleaning.
My best tip is to clean out your freezer when you do not have much in it. That way storing food really is not a problem.
I like to wait until I have very little food left in my freezer before I give it a good clean out.
While you are taking out all the food, look at the items for freezer burn or expired food or food you know you will not eat. Throw away any items that you need to now.
There is no sense in storing anything you will not put back.
2 – Possibly Defrost
If you have ice building up in your freezer you should defrost it before moving any further.
Do not start chipping away at the ice, this will ruin your freezer.
The best way to defrost a freezer is to simply let it melt if you can.
Unplug your freezer before you start.
Surround your freezer with towels to prevent leaks.
Then place a pot of boiling water inside the freezer, shut the door and check back in 20 mins or so.
Repeat this until everything has melted.
Or you can just let it melt naturally. For my deep freezer that is kept in my garage, I simply unplug and let it sit overnight with the door open.
By the morning it is all defrosted.
Check with your manual on the best way to do this before you start, all freezers are different.
3 – Remove Any Shelves and Baskets
Now that your freezer is completely empty and/or defrosted take out any shelves or baskets inside.
If it is removable remove it.
4 – Soak
If there is a spill or gunk on something you removed start soaking it in hot soapy water.
5 – Wipe Down The Inside
With a multi purpose spray completely wipe down the inside of the freezer.
Do not forget any tracks the shelves sit on or the rubber casing around the freezer. Those grooves in the rubber part can get nasty over time.
If you have an ice maker make sure to get that area too!
If you have any mold build up use a little bleach to get rid of the mold.
6 – Dry It Completely
Next take a microfiber cloth and dry everything completely.
This will prevent anything from freezing quicker.
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7 – Wash the Shelves and Baskets
Now that you have a clean and dry inside move onto the items you took out.
Give all that a good wipe or scrub with your multi surface cleaner.
Make sure you dry these items very well before you place them back into your freezer.
8 – Vacuum Coils
Next vacuum out any coils behind or under the freezer.
These can get so dirty and dusty and help your freezer run better when they are clean.
9 – Place All The Items Back
Now the fun part is organizing your freezer.
Group things that are alike together when organizing your freezer.
Keep breakfast items together, meats together and so on.
10 – Take Inventory
Now is a good time to write down the things you have on hand in your freezer, now that everything is nice and neat.
This comes in handy when meal planning or making a grocery list so you know exactly what you have for the upcoming weeks.