How to Defrost a Refrigerator

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To defrost a refrigerator, wait until wintertime when the food can be kept outside without going bad, place deep baking pans on the floor to catch the water, and turn the freezer and refrigerator off or two its lowest temperature. Eliminate ice buildup... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to defrost your refrigerator. Nowadays we are lucky enough to have refrigerators that stay a certain temperature. They can still get you know a little bit of an ice build up in the freezer and if you have older refrigerators a lot of people who have basements, I know my grandmother has a ton of older refrigerators in her basement that she still uses for some reason refrigerators don't die they last for hundreds of years apparently, just kidding. Anyway, if you need to defrost your refrigerator first you want to empty all of your food out of it and most likely the food in your refrigerator is perishable so a good thing to do is wait until the Wintertime when it is cold outside so you can set your food in your garage if it is cold in there or outside you know and just make sure that no animals are going to get to it because your refrigerator is going to be defrosting for five to eight hours so take all your food out and put it outside where it is cold. Then you want to unplug your refrigerator or turn it off or if you have a temperature dial you want to turn it all the way down and just let your refrigerator get warm and heat up. The freezer, same thing you want to take everything out of it and put it outside. You want to find some pans, some deep baking pans like these and set them where you think the water is going to be running out. A lot of times it is in the corners. You may have to come back and check and see where the water is running out but you want to put pans under it so the water can run out into the pans. You want to come back periodically, check the pans, make sure that you have got them in the right place and then once all of the ice is defrosted and all of your freezer glaciers are gone get some vinegar and water. You can also use like mild soap in a bucket or if you are a little more of a germ freak you can use like a teaspoon of bleach in a gallon of water. I use vinegar and water for everything, spray it out, wipe it down. If you have any really tough stains use baking soda to, you know as an abrasive to scrub and once you have cleaned out your refrigerator take that baking soda and set it in there. That is going to keep it nice and fresh and keep it from smelling bad, plug it back in, put all your food back in there and you won't have to do this again for a couple of years. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you defrost a refrigerator.