If you, like me, are obsessed with cleanliness in the kitchen, then you will also be focused on hygiene when it comes to the refrigerator. Whilst the refrigerator is relatively easy to empty and clean, the freezer on the other hand takes a bit more planning. Moms shouldn’t assume that the freezer is free of germs just because of the lower temperatures and there are some simple things that we can all do to keep it running free from problems.
Look Behind It
Taking care of freezers is easy and by doing this, you can enjoy the high-tech features of the mentioned appliances for a very long time. When it comes to the coil bits of food and even hair can become attached which makes the freezer less efficient. Even if the dirt that somehow gets attracted to the condenser coil is on the outside of the food compartment, it is always a good job to clear it.
If your coil has a layer of frost on it as well as grime, then it is a good idea to plan for a full defrost of your appliance in the next few weeks. Anything over a quarter of an inch of ice on the condenser means you should start to empty the freezer of its contents. Once you have eaten everything – or moved it to a neighbor’s freezer – turn your one off.
Whilst waiting for the internal ice to melt, give the entire exterior a scrub with a clean sponge. Give particular attention the door handle, where microbes can build and the hinges which sometimes conceal dirt. Once defrosted, clean the interior as well. Ensure that the inside is completely dried out before replacing all of your food.
Even if your unit has an automatic defrost program, you will need to clean it once in a while. Remember that it is a lot easier to do this thoroughly if the freezer is not cold whilst you are working on it. It is sometimes tempting to rush the job, so that food and other contents of your freezer don’t thaw out. However, it is better to take your time and do the job properly rather than rush it.