How to defrost your fridge properly
29 Jul 2014 2:43 PM
Posted by hh's Anna Bradley
We all know that there are certain household tasks that are time consuming and annoying but necessary, and defrosting your fridge is one of them. Luckily, it only needs to be done once a year and we have a step-by-step guide to help you get it done quickly and efficiently. If you don’t defrost your fridge and allow ice to build up, it can cause permanent damage to the inside of your fridge as well generate issues when it comes to opening and closing the fridge and freezer doors. Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Remove contents
Before you start the defrosting process you must remove everything from inside your fridge. This will give you a good opportunity to throw away any expired products. As for the items you want to keep, ask your neighbours to borrow the spare space in their fridge for a few hours, or store them in an Eski with some ice.
Step 2: Set to defrost
If your fridge has a defrost setting then you simply need to switch it to that setting. If it doesn’t, then place your fridge on the lowest setting or turn it off at the switch. Once you have done this, lay down towels on the floor at the base of your fridge to soak up any water that may leak onto the floor. Leave the doors open to allow warm air to circulate inside.
Step 3: Remove shelving
Once the frost has started to melt, remove the shelves from your fridge and give them a clean with warm soapy water. If your shelves are particularly dirty, sprinkle baking soda over the top and allow to sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing with a wet cloth and rinsing clean.
Step 4: Clean inside
Once the shelving has been removed and the frost inside your fridge has melted (this may take up to 2 hours), mop up the water that will have collected inside your fridge using towels and give it a good clean with warm water and baking soda. Alternatively, you could use a good disinfectant like this one from Pine O Cleen.
Step 5: Re-set
Once the melted frost has been removed and your fridge has been cleaned, place the shelving back inside, collect your food and drink from their storage space and put them back into the fridge. Then turn your fridge back to its original setting. And you’re done for another year!