Just like the refrigerator that we cleaned yesterday, the freezer can get ridiculously dirty. Gunk somehow makes its way onto the shelves the drawers. It’s a mystery!
Since I don’t open the freezer as much as the freezer, I don’t really wipe it down too often. However, I decided a while ago that I needed to put “deep clean the freezer” on my cleaning schedule every two months. Usually the day of or day after the cleaning the refrigerator. So far, it’s keeping the freezer pretty clean and orderly.
If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your freezer, tackle it today during this Deep Clean the Kitchen challenge!
Day 8 :: Deep Clean the Freezer
Dump the ice
Every once in a while I like to clean out the ice container. Liquids spill making a mess and people sometimes grab ice with dirty hands, so it just makes me feel better to occasionally clean the ice container. Plus, dumping the ice in the sink and placing your frozen food in it helps to keep it cold while cleaning out the freezer. Bonus!!
To clean the ice container, dump the old ice out and wash in the sink or wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner.
By the way, if your ice has an odor or bad taste, it could be caused by food odor, bad water supply or an old water filter. One way to tell if it’s caused by food or water is to dump the ice and clean out the freezer. If the bad taste comes back, you should probably order a new water filter.
Clean the shelves and freezer walls just like you did the refrigerator. You just need a good cloth or sponge, an all-purpose cleaner, and a handy dandy scraper for tough to remove gunk. If there are dirty crevices, you may want to try my favorite mini scrub brushes!
My best tip for this is to work fast so your food doesn’t thaw!
Re(Stock) the freezer
It’s time to put everything back!
Take note of the food you have when you’re placing everything back in the freezer. I usually just make mental notes but I’m sure a truly organized person would write down the exact food, how much they have and what shelf it’s on! Either way, it’s good to know what you have so you can begin to incorporate the items into your meal plan.
Do you’re best to categorize the food you’re placing back in the freezer: veggies on one shelf, meat on another, etc. It will help tremendously when you’re looking for something specific.
By the way, if you need some ideas on how to stock your freezer with meals, you can find lot of healthy “real food” recipes in this freezer cookbook, double up on your eMeals menu, or you could finally try once a month cooking! I’m a big fan of all three options!
Deep clean your freezer. Then let me over on Facebook or on the comment section here. I can’t wait to cheer you on!
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