Kitchen Tips: How To Defrost A Freezer

Instructions on defrosting freezers quickly and easily. A guide to freezer repair, cleaning and upkeep.

Needed tools:

Box--large enough for fridge contents

Roasting pan or larger receptacle

Pot that fits in freezer


Hot water

The ideal time to defrost your freezer is when the fridge is near empty. Perhaps all that is left are condiments, maybe some leftovers that need disposing of, and some bottled water.

The first order of business is to put pots of water on the stove for boiling. You will need enough for a large pan for the interior of the refrigerator. A roasting pan or the large Tupperware type receptacle is ideal for this. You will also need a pot that fits in the freezer, and enough water to fill that as well.

The next step to empty the remaining contents. Transfer items into a box or the like for easy mobility. Set aside, and be careful not to set it near the stove as you will be using the burners for this task. Cover the items with a towel. If you have reusable ice packs, place them on top of refrigerator items underneath the towel. But this is not necessary, as condiments do not perish in a few hours. And that includes mayonnaise and eggs, so no worries there.

Important: TURN OFF the refrigerator. Use the temperature control knob for this. If this step is overlooked, a simple job becomes an all day hassle.

By now the water should be close to boiling. Make room for pouring of the water into your chosen receptacles that will be placed in the unit. Use extreme caution when pouring the water and placing in fridge. Last thing you want to do is spend the day in ER for third degree burns. Be very careful.

Place the large roasting pan or larger pan on the top shelf of the refrigerator. The pot that you have chosen that fits in the freezer is placed inside the freezer. Close the freezer and the refrigerator doors.

Place a towel on floor in front of refrigerator, to catch any water that may escape.

Put some more water on the stove to boil. Same quantities. You have about a half hour to do something else. Upon returning, check if it's time to change the water, see if it's cold or not. Even lukewarm water can be discarded. Fill both receptacles again, close it up and go on to other things for another half hour or so.

This time around the frost and ice should be pliable enough to pry off the walls of the freezer. If it does not come off easily, replace the water. Do not force it, as it is dangerous. Piercing the freezer walls results in freon leaks. Not to mention it will the be time to get a new refrigerator.

The frost should come off in big chunks or slabs. Dispose of in sink, run water over it to melt. Repeat hot water process as needed. When frost chunk free, wipe down the freezer to remove excess moisture. TURN ON the refrigerator and replace items.

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