The National Digest

You’re Probably Not Cleaning Your Freezer Enough…

Once a week or so, you can simply wipe down the shelves and nooks and crannies of your freezer. Fill a bowl with hot water and a couple of drops of dish detergent. Dip a washrag or sponge into the solution and wipe down the interior surfaces of your freezer. Pay close attention to the door seal, which can be a trap for crumbs and other food debris. This is a quick job, so there’s no need to empty the freezer or turn off the unit.

By consistently wiping down your freezer, you’ll have a more manageable job when it’s time for a deep clean.

About once a month, you should take an inventory of your freezer contents, making sure to keep in mind how long food lasts in the freezer. Because freezers are for long-term storage, you might encounter food items that have spilled or deteriorated over time. Toss any unidentifiable leftovers, items that have freezer burn or foods that don’t seem appetizing any longer. Once all the unwanted food is gone, you can do another quick wipe of surfaces with a warm sponge.

Keep your freezer food organized to avoid future spills and forgotten food. Use freezer-friendly containers to keep similar items together, label foods with the date so you know exactly how long they’ve been in there, and follow these other tips to keep your freezer food organized.

It’s a good idea to deep clean your freezer about once every two or three months. Here’s how to get the job done as painlessly as possible:

Read on to find out the foods you should never, ever freeze.


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