Chest Freezer Cleaning

Does your chest freezer need cleaning? We suggest you do this twice a year. The best time is when there is not so much food in your freezer. If you have the manufacturer’s manual, review and use their instructions.

If you do not have a manual, read on:

  • The first thing to do is remove all the food from the freezer. As you are removing the food, go through and check for old, outdated food items or food you cannot identify and throw them away.
  • Put the food items you have left in coolers or any place you have to keep them from thawing until you get the items back into the freezer.
  • Turn your freezer off and unplug it.
  • Take out of the freezer any racks, baskets or any other detachable parts. Also, you want to keep the lid open so the ice will melt and the freezer will get to room temperature faster.
  • If there is ice on the walls of the freezer, you can either let it melt naturally or help it along by breaking what you can away. You can also speed up the process by putting a pan of warm water inside
  • Water will accumulate in the bottom of the freezer. Make sure you remove it before you start cleaning the inside.
  • Once the freezer is at room temperature and all the ice and water have been removed from the inside, wash it out with a mixture of mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Then, wipe the inside down with warm water to rinse.
  • Now mix together 2 tablespoons of baking soda per quart of warm water and again wipe down the inside. This is a good way to get rid of any residual soap. Wipe the inside down again with warm water and then using a cloth, dry the inside.

Now that the inside of your chest freezer is clean, it is time to clean the outside.

  • First, pull the freezer out away from the wall and vacuum or sweep underneath.
  • If the coils are exposed, carefully vacuum them to remove the dust and dirt that has accumulated.
  • Now using warm soapy water, wash down the outside of the freezer. Then wipe down with water and dry. Do NOT wash the coils!
  • Close the chest freezer lid and push the freezer back to where it belongs, plug it in and turn on.

While your freezer is cooling down:

  • Wash the parts of the freezer you removed earlier in a sink of warm soapy water, rinse and dry well.
  • Place the parts back in the freezer.

Your freezer is clean again and ready to place your food back inside.

Dave Altman