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    How to defrost your fridge freezer and when to do it

    Find out how to defrost your fridge freezer and when to do it with this helpful guide

    Ice build-up in your fridge and freezer isn’t great news. Not only does it cover your food and make it difficult to take things in and out, it also makes the whole appliance less efficient. This guide will help to keep you and your appliance nice and chilled and get everything back to working the way it should.

    How to defrost a fridge freezer

    Here's what you'll need:

    • Towel
    • Bowl of hot water
    • Sponge
    • A cool box big enough to fit in all your food from the fridge and freezer

    First, turn off your appliance at the wall.

    Make sure you take out any food, then prop the door(s) open and put a towel down on the floor.

    Now place a bowl of hot water on the bottom shelf and leave for a couple of hours.

    When all the ice has melted, wipe down the insides with a sponge.

    To stop ice building up in the future, make sure the door seal is in good condition so air can’t creep in and freeze.

    When should I defrost my fridge freezer?

    Well, the truth is, every manual-defrost fridge freezer is different and when it needs defrosting will depend on how you use it. As a general idea, we would recommend defrosting the whole appliance at least once or twice a year. Or, when you can see around a quarter of an inch of ice build-up on the walls.