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A Step-By-Step Guide For Cleaning The Freezer

This routine will only take half an hour from your schedule

Photography: and GE Appliances (Main Photo)

If you think refrigerators are tricky to clean, you'd be surprised to know that the freezer is a different kind of challenge. Since it is made for long-term storage, we usually just keep adding stuff when we shop and tend to forget what we’ve put inside—most of the time, it ends up looking like a hodgepodge of frozen goods.

Got the time to freshen up your ice box this weekend? Here's a handy guide that can help you breeze through the process: 

1. Start by turning your freezer off or unplugging the unit. This is to avoid any electrical accidents.

2. Unload the freezer. If you have one, move out the frozen food into a cooler. If you don’t, you can make do with a clean basin filled with ice for temporary food storage.  

3. Take out all detachable drawers and shelves. There’s no need for fancy cleaners when washing these—all you need to do is scrub them down in soapy water to remove all the odors and food particles stuck to them. Don't forget to use unscented soap—strong scents can be picked up by food on a running freezer.

4. Wipe it down. Using a damp sponge or a soft washcloth, show some love to the walls of your freezer by giving them a quick run through. For any stubborn stains, a mixture of white vinegar and water should do the trick!

5. Put the shelves and drawers back. Once the freezer is completely dry, you can hang the racks again and turn the unit on. While waiting for it to cool, you can go through your food loot and toss away anything that might have gone bad. 

6. Organize it. Don't just shove everything back inside. When putting the frozen food back, make sure everything has a proper spot and avoid overcrowding. When cool air is able to circulate properly, the food will be kept fresh longer. 

PHOTOS and SOURCES: and GE Appliances | Kitchn

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