Shut it off
- Unplug your refrigerator unit, or switch off your freezer’s temperature controls. Whichever way is easiest for you.
Unload the ice
- Empty any ice or ice trays into a bowl and place in the cooler. Soak the trays or any removable ice-maker parts in a sink full of warm, soapy water.
Unload the food
Wash drawers and shelves
- Remove all detachable drawers and shelves, then letting the units come to room temperature to avoid cracking before cleaning. Once at room temperature, wash them in a sink full of warm and soapy water. To avoid transferring any scents back to the food and freezer, it’s best to use fragrance-free dish soap if possible. Rinse thoroughly and let dry.
Make your own solution
- Make an organic solution using a recipe of equal parts hot water and white vinegar, or a recipe that calls for a quart of warm water with two tablespoons baking soda added. Transfer the liquid to a spray bottle and liberally spray the inside of your freezer, focusing on the areas that are hard to clean when the drawers and shelves are in place.
Wipe down the inside
- Wipe down the inside of the freezer with a wet sponge or dishcloth, reapplying the cleaning solution as necessary. Any stuck-on, sticky food particles can be covered with a paper towel sprayed with cleaning solution. Place it over the stubborn spot, letting it soak for 10 minutes before wiping away. Any spots that won’t budge can typically be buffed away with the rough side of your dish sponge or a toothbrush.
Wipe down the doors
- Be sure to wipe down the freezer door and the surrounding seal, gently scrubbing at any sticky spots with a toothbrush and cleaning solution.
Dry out the inside
- Wipe away any remaining cleaning solution and dry the inside of your freezer thoroughly with a dish towel or paper towel.
Return the drawers and shelves
- Now that the inside of your freezer is completely dry, replace the (squeaky clean!) drawers and shelves.
Replace all food and ice back into the freezer.
- Now is a good time to look through your freezer.