To be in my 30s and still need freezer defrosting advice!

(56 Posts)
Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 11:46:49

I have a combination fridge freezer and I'm really hoping someone can tell me it's possible to defrost freezer without having to turn my fridge off!

The freezer door was left open and it now literally full of ice and desperately needs defrosting but my fridge is full so I can't resort turn it off for a long period of time

I've tried the hot water technique before which wasn't very successful

Any advice would be gratefully received!

Also in this day and age I can't believe there isn't some way of turning the freezer off with out the fridge! angry

NannyR Mon 31-Oct-16 11:59:08

I would put the fridge on the highest possible setting for a couple of hours, so it's really cold. If you keep the door shut the temp in there should be fine for a few hours whilst you switch off the whole unit to defrost the freezer.

I use baking trays full of hot water to defrost mine and also use the hair dryer (but obviously you need to be really careful not to get it wet!) It's only a small freezer but I can get it de-iced and switched back on in 90 mins.

PhantomPringles Mon 31-Oct-16 12:00:53

I use a hairdryer and hot water, which is a pain because you have to keep changing the water. Would be also interested in any tips!

BorpBorpBorp Mon 31-Oct-16 12:12:02

You don't need to turn it off for a long period of time, only a couple of hours.

I use very hot water on a cloth to scrub the ice off and a scraper for chunks. Dry it all out with towels.

Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 12:44:10

That's another thing I am still to learn at 30, which the hell way do you turn a fridge to make it colder? Towards 0 or towards 9?

I'm hopeless!

I've emptied it and am going to attempt the hairdryer method as I think that might be quicker!

Wish me luck! confused

BorpBorpBorp Mon 31-Oct-16 12:46:02

Usually it's the higher the number the colder the fridge, and 0 switches the fridge off. Godspeed, Booty, may the fates of frozen foodstuffs look favourably upon you etc. etc.

Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 19:53:03

For anyone that's interested here are my results, And the method I used

1, start with a baking tray hot water
2, get annoyed that this isn't working quick enough so get a sharp knife and start hacking at it
3, accidentally stab the freezer making a hole, panic, ring your mum to check it won't be giving out any toxic gas
4, realise the knife is a danger to myself and appliance so instead go with the safer option of a hammer
5, wack the ice and shelves every which way to Sunday until a) one of them breaks and b) the ice falls off
6, masking tape up the 3 holes and slip on the sodden ice filled floor and nigh on break your neck
7, replace the draws and vow never to use the freezer ever again!!
angry

happystory Mon 31-Oct-16 19:55:48

I don't like to worry you but dh made a hole in ours like that (getting impatient!) and it never worked again.

LittleWingSoul Mon 31-Oct-16 19:56:03

OP I have got a sad amount of pleasure from these pics, well done you!

I normally use a hairdryer FYI but have often thought it's probably a bit dangerous!

EtTuTuttiFrutti Mon 31-Oct-16 20:01:57

If you've got a steam mop which also has a hand unit, use that.
It's really quick and easy and there's no faffing with bowls of water.
Just blast it.

Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 20:02:23

Happystory yes I feared it might break it a bit, but my main concern was if it was going to blow up or gas us all in our sleep, my mum has reassured me this is not likely! To be honest by the point of putting hole in it I had lost the will to ever feel the cold again!

Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 20:04:53

Littlewingsoul God to of provided some satisfaction smile I couldn't be arsed to go and get the hair drier also I was listening to a podcast so couldn't do with the noise! smile

Ettututtifrutti I'm going to pretend I didn't see that advice as the whole time I was smacking away at it I had a steam mop right next to me!! sad

EtTuTuttiFrutti Mon 31-Oct-16 20:04:58

When I was a young thing and put a hole in mine, the firemen came and ate all my sausages

steff13 Mon 31-Oct-16 20:08:25

I'd use a hairdryer.

I'm in my 30s and I've never seen a freezer that had to be manually defrosted. How often do you have to do it?

Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 20:15:08

Steph13 this is the first time I've done it in the whole time I've had the freezer, and I've had it a good many years, I'm pretty sure it's not meant to look like it did before though so I would imagine it should be done more regularly than 'once'! I'm in my 30s and never seen one you don't have to defrost! What sorcery is this?!

PhantomPringles Mon 31-Oct-16 20:16:09

I find a pallet knife is the only thing I am allowed to use that gets the chunks off without damaging the freezer. But it's a ballache and I only ever do it when the ice is so bad that I can't close the door or I can't get anything in/out.

PhantomPringles Mon 31-Oct-16 20:17:26

Steff13 had the fridge freezer 15 years ago. It's been defrosted maybe 5 times? I think it should be more frequent than that though.

legotits Mon 31-Oct-16 20:18:37

I used to use hairdryer but now use a steam mop.

Also if you punctured and seals or warped your freezer body with the enthusiastic defrost tis likely fucked grin

Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 20:21:14

Legotits ever with the makeshift plasters?! (Duct tape?) sad also, how fucked? Slow fucked or immediately fucked? hmm

legotits Mon 31-Oct-16 20:26:04

Well if the fridge is still cold (not just the light on)
I would ride it out and try the freezer.

I would be looking on Gumtree for a replacement victim frost free jobby though.

I used my outdoor one with a wonky side for years and didn't die!
Didn't know about ozone layer then.

chowchowchow Mon 31-Oct-16 20:32:20

Steam mop? What are these steam mops ye talk of?

Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 20:34:55

Chowchowchow you haven't got a steam mop? hmm what for art thou clean your hard floor with then?! shock

EtTuTuttiFrutti Mon 31-Oct-16 20:35:49

Google the H2o mop. Tis wondrous for really lazy uber efficient MNers.

It blasts things in a most satisfactory manner. I loves mine

Toomuchbooty Mon 31-Oct-16 20:38:30

I've just been admiring my mums vibrating carpet/floor shampooer it jiggles and it even has headlights!! Amazing!! shock

EtTuTuttiFrutti Mon 31-Oct-16 20:43:47

Do they have a Ride On version ?

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