Home Remedy for How to Defrost a Top Freezer


If the inside of your top freezer has an accumulation of ice on the top, bottom or walls that is ¼ inch or more thick, it's time to defrost it. A buildup of frost and ice inside the freezer can prevent it from running efficiently and properly. Not only can this affect the quality of your frozen foods, it also can increase your energy bill since the freezer is working harder to run.

Things You'll Need

  • Old towels
  • Ice scraper
  • 2 large pots
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • Rags
  • Take all items out of the freezer, then unplug the appliance from the electrical source. Put the items into another freezer, whether it's one of a relative, friend, neighbor or your own. Keep in mind that a top freezer is usually connected to the same electrical source as the refrigerator, so you'll likely need to remove the items from the refrigerator as well and keep them cold with ice or some other means.

  • Lay down old towels around the floor where you are working. This will keep the mess to a minimum and make cleanup easier.

  • Scrape off as much ice as you can with an ice scraper. Discard the loosened ice into the sink.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once the water is rapidly boiling, set it inside the freezer and close the door.

  • Leave the pot of water in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. While you're waiting, bring another large pot of water to a boil.

  • Remove the pot from inside the freezer and scrape off as much ice as possible with the ice scraper. Use towels to soak up any water from inside the freezer.

  • Put the fresh pot of boiling water in the freezer and shut the door. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then scrape off the ice and soak up the water. Continue this process until all of the ice is out of the freezer.

  • Clean the inside of the freezer with a mixture of 1 quart of warm water and 1 tbsp. of baking soda. Wipe down the bottom, top and sides of the freezer with a rag and this mixture to get rid of any unpleasant odors. Go over the surface with a rag dampened with plain water, then dry the freezer thoroughly with a clean rag.

  • Plug the freezer back in. Wait 30 minutes for the freezer to get cool before replacing food items.

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