Spring Cleaning: The Freezer Edition

Spring is in the air and it’s time for the usual cleaning rituals that come with the season. At Kim & Scott’s, we want you to have a clean, safe place to store your pretzels in your home.

We also realize that in your busy life, you might not have time to devote to a super crazy clean. We found these great tips from Real Simple Magazine to give your freezer a quick, thorough clean.

Minutes 1 to 3: Unplug the refrigerator. Put on rubber gloves. Empty the ice from the freezer trays into a large cooler. Scrub the trays with water, liquid soap, and a sponge. Set aside to dry.

Minutes 4 to 7: Unload the freezer. Ditch anything that has expired or is freezer-burned and covered in ice crystals. Put the rest in the cooler.

Minutes 8 to 11 Remove the drawers and detachable shelves and place them in the sink. Scrub them well with soap, water, and a sponge. Set aside to dry.

Note: Most freezers defrost every 8 to 12 hours. If yours has more than ¼ inch of ice on the base or walls, manually defrost it. Before proceeding to the next step, dip a rag in rubbing alcohol, then cover the ice. Chip away frost with a plastic spatula.

Minutes 12 to 13: Follow the premeasured spray bottle to make a cleaner from 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1 teaspoon dish soap. Shake to blend.

Minutes 14 to 17: Douse the interior with the cleaner. Wipe down the walls and shelves with paper towels.

Minutes 18 to 20: Plug the unit back in. Hang or place the odor fighter in the back. Return the shelves and food.

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