How do you defrost your freezer?
1. Switch it off
Switch off the freezer with the off button. You can find this at the top of the appliance. Does your upright freezer or chest freezer not have an off switch? In that case, you can just pull the plug out of the socket.
Make sure the freezer is completely empty. Temporarily store your frozen products in another freezer, cooler, or cooler bag. If it's very cold outside, you can just place your frozen products in the garden or on the balcony.
Most freezers have a drip tray. Place this in front of the spout and let the melted ice flow into it. The spout is often a small pipe or a rubber hose at the bottom of the upright freezer or chest freezer.
4. Defrost faster
Wait for all the ice to come loose. You can break off big chunks of ice with a wooden spatula or a plastic ice scraper for car windows. Be careful though, as the cooling elements are very fragile. Do you want to speed up the defrosting process? You can place a pan or container with hot water on a coaster at the bottom of your freezer and close the door. If your freezer has drawers, fill them with hot water and close the door. Or use a special defrosting spray to do the job very fast.
Has all the ice thawed? This is the perfect moment to clean your freezer compartment thoroughly. A damp cloth with some soda works wonders and also has a disinfecting effect. Make sure you dry the freezer well with a dishcloth, so no moisture remains. This to prevent the moisture from quickly freezing again.
6. Turn it on
Turn the freezer back on. After it has reached the right temperature, place all your frozen food back in the freezer compartment. If your freezer doesn't have a defrosting system, we recommend defrosting it 6 times a year. For freezers with Low Frost, this is twice a year.