How to defrost the freezer

Updated February 21, 2017

Step 1

Turn the freezer off. Controls may be inside the refrigerator.

Step 2

Remove all food from the freezer and store in an ice chest while you are defrosting.

Step 3

Remove ice in the freezer compartment. This can be done by: a) letting the freezer door stand open until ice melts; b) putting a pan of hot water in the freezer compartment and closing the door, then checking for melting ice and reheating the water every 10 to 15 minutes; c) using a hair dryer by aiming warm air at ice in freezer until it melts.

Step 4

Pick up ice and water as it melts with a dishcloth or sponge and deposit into sink.

Step 5

Use a sponge or dishcloth and a bowl of warm water to thoroughly wipe out inside of freezer once the freezer is cleared of ice.

Step 6

Turn the freezer back on, close the door and let run for 10 to 15 minutes before returning food to the freezer.

Step 7

Put food back into freezer and close the door.


  • Do not use soapy water to clean the freezer.


  • Never chip at freezer ice with ice picks or other sharp instruments.
  • If you use a hair dryer to melt ice, be aware that there is a risk of electrical shock if the dryer comes in direct contact with water or if you are standing in water on the floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponges
  • Blow Dryers
  • Dishtowels
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Ice Chests
  • Mixing bowls
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