Tips&TricksBeat the chill, effortless hacks for removing thick frost from your freezer

Beat the chill, effortless hacks for removing thick frost from your freezer

Cleaning the freezer from ice
Cleaning the freezer from ice
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5:11 PM EST, January 17, 2024

The freezer is one of the most useful appliances in our homes. It allows us to store leftovers, meat, fish, or fruits and consume them months later. It helps us minimize waste.

Regrettably, not every appliance is equipped with a no-frost system, which prevents frost and ice from forming on doors or drawers. At times, substantial amounts of ice accumulate inside, making adding more items difficult.

Experiencing ice build-up in your freezer? Here's how to deal with it

The accumulation of ice in the freezer is a natural occurrence, triggered by humid air entering the appliance when we open its doors. A thin layer of ice isn't a problem. However, if it hinders the doors from closing, it's likely an indication of a damaged seal. Examine it closely - if you discern even a minor defect, reach out to a service center immediately. A faulty appliance tends to consume significantly more power.

Wondering how to eliminate the ice? Begin by disconnecting the refrigerator and removing all frozen items. Don't worry; they won't spoil in the process. Next, shield the floor by laying a towel underneath the freezer. The following step involves heating water in a pot. After it boils, place it next to the opened freezer. The steam will swiftly melt even the thickest layer of ice. This straightforward trick will spare you from scraping ice.

Wipe your freezer door with this to protect against ice reformation

Once the ice has entirely melted, clean the freezer. Simply wipe it with a damp sponge with a smidge of dish soap. Alternatively, you can use a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar. Vinegar aids in eliminating any bacteria inside the freezer and neutralizes smells. After cleaning, you can rub some oil or olive oil on the freezer, which will deter ice from forming on the walls. Remember not to overstuff the drawers and avoid putting warm dishes inside. By doing this, you'll prevent the problem from recurring.

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