How to Defrost a Freezer

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I don't know about you, but sometimes I let things go a lot longer than I should before I finally take the time to clean them. Like my freezer. Seriously, I don't think I have defrosted it in the 3 years I have had it. It was so bad that I had to layer things perfectly so that food wouldn't fall out when I opened the door. Really. It's true.

It was ridiculous, people.

How did the ice buildup get so bad, you ask? 

Let me tell you.

If you don't get the seal shut on the door all the way and air can get into your freezer (which it will), ice will build up. This happened at my house. Multiple times.

If you are also in need of a good freezer defrosting party, let me share a few tips on how to do it.

First off, I don't have a ton of time to do projects like this. I say "projects" because that is what this is to me. If it takes longer than an hour - it is a project. I didn't want to take all day to clean out the freezer. I basically had nap time. 

How to Defrost a Freezer Quickly

1. Remove all food and place in coolers - or borrow room in a friend's freezer. Probably one that defrosts theirs regularly and has room. :)

2. Start boiling a large pot of water.

3. Unplug freezer and prop open door. Place a towel or newspapers on the floor to soak up water. 

4. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape any ice off that you can. Don't force anything and don't use metal or anything sharp! You don't want to puncture the plastic.

5. Place bowls of boiling water on each shelf in the freezer and a tray or cookie sheet of boiling water on the bottom. Then shut the door until it is only open a crack. Wait for about 5 minutes. This will fill the freezer with steam and start melting all the ice buildup.


6. Use a wooden spatula to clean out all the larger pieces of ice. 

NOTE: If there is still a lot of ice left, repeat steps 4-6 until the majority of ice is gone. 

7. Use a spray bottle of hot water to remove any remaining ice or frost.

8. Wipe the freezer down and clean out any spills.

9. Plug freezer back in and let cool (use the rapid freeze if our freezer has that option).

10. Put all of your food back in your nice, clean freezer!


Now, if you were like me, you probably ended up throwing away a lot of food that was either expired, freezer burned, or had been in there so long you couldn't tell what it was. For that reason I will continuing this post with tips on how to organize your freezer, inventory your freezer, and how long you can freeze different food. Check back for parts 2 and 3!