With all the things that we need to do in a day, daily life and responsibilities can get very overwhelming at times. I ask you this one question, how often do you think about your freezer? Probably zero, so it’s very easy for you to overlook that your freezer needs regular cleaning and maintenance for it to work properly. I know that doesn’t sound like much fun, but taking a few minutes to put in a little effort to inspect and clean your freezer will save you money and heartache later.
Inspect and clean the condenser coil
When dust, grime, and even pet hair cling to the condenser coil located in the back of your freezer, it makes it work harder than it should. This also happens when thick frost builds up. So, to keep it working at its optimal performance, try to sweep and scrub the floor underneath the freeze at least every few months.
Wait, you’re not done yet with the condenser coil, you should also give it a good vacuuming. If any frost has built up on the coil that is over ¼ thick, you will need to defrost it as well. After defrosting and cleaning the coil, why not give the outside of the freezer a good scrubbing.
You might want to create a cleaning solution of your own that consists of 4 tablespoons of backing soda with 1 quart of warm water. Make sure to scrub the entire exterior with a clean sponge. Pay extra attention to high traffic areas such as around the door handle, even the hinges where dirt like to hide.
Clean and deodorize the inside
Now that you cleaned the outside of the freezer, why not go ahead and clean the inside too. You can use the same baking soda and water solution that you used for the exterior of the freezer. Wash the inside well with the solution and rinse. Make sure that you dry the inside completely by wiping it down with a clean, dry cloth before replacing all of the food.
After pulling the items out of the freezer, you will want to work fast so the food doesn’t have a chance to thaw out. If you have one of those freezers that are huge and there is no possible way to clean the inside all at once, you can do just half of it now, and do the rest later or another day.
Now that you have cleaned the inside and outside of your freezer, you won’t have to worry about it for a few more months. You can feel confident that your freezer will be working properly for a long time, and without spending money to repair it later.
Sources: Handy Household Hints from Heloise book, Personal Experience