How to defrost the freezer correctly - with cleaning tips

Defrosting the freezer regularly is a time-consuming job. The removal of ice saves electricity costs in the long term and preserves the quality of the frozen food. With simple tricks, defrosting is easier and the chest freezes more slowly.

Ice increases power consumption

The thicker the layer of ice in the freezer, the more difficult it is for the cold to penetrate. Up to 15 percent higher power consumption is required to maintain the desired cooling temperature. If this temperature can no longer be reached, the shelf life of the frozen food is also endangered and it can become unusable.

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Instructions for easy defrosting

The freezer must be completely emptied before defrosting. Then switch off the chest or pull the power plug. The ice is thawing very slowly. You can put a pot of warm water in the chest and it will be a little faster. Remove any loosening layers of ice carefully so as not to damage the walls of the freezer. It is best to wipe up defrosted water immediately after it has formed so that too large amounts do not accumulate in the chest. Once the ice has completely thawed, you can start cleaning. Gentle cleaning agents such as vinegar water or soapy water are suitable for cleaning the inside of the freezer. Then it must be dried well. Otherwise, residues of cleaning water will freeze when the chest is started up and cause new ice to form.

Tools for defrosting

  • Pot or bowl of warm water
  • Drip tray for condensation water
  • Mopping up tea towels
  • Detergents and cleaning rags
  • Drying towels

Prevent new ice formation

Plan the arrangement of food in the chest so that the particularly often used products are above. This saves lengthy search for the door open. The freezer must close well, so that no warm room air can penetrate. Whether the door seal completes perfectly, you can test with the flashlight. Place the switched lamp in the chest and close the door. If no light penetrates out, keeps the seal perfect.

Tips & Tricks The simplest works the defrost when there are minus temperatures outside. While the freezer is spread and cleaned, the cleared foods store on the balcony or terrace. Use the defrost for testing durability data and dispose of expired foods.