I don't know about you but I am willing to try anything that might help get cleaning done faster. I found this information in an article in this months Real Simple Magazine. I plan on trying this out this week. If anything it will motivate me to get the job done.
You'll need rubber gloves, a large cooler, a sponge, a rag, rubbing alcohol, a plastic spatula, a cleaner container/spray bottle, white vinegar, dish soap and paper towels.
Minutes 1 to 3 ~
Unplug the refrigerator. Put on rubber gloves. Empty the ice from the freezer trays into a large cooler. Scrub the trays with water, liquid soap and a sponge. Set aside to dry.
Minutes 4 to 7 ~
Unload the freezer. Ditch anything that has expired or is freezer-burned and covered in ice crystals. Put the rest in the cooler.
Minutes 8 to 11 ~
Remove the drawers and detachable shelves and place them in the sink. Scrub them well with soap, water and a sponge. Set aside to dry. Note: Most freezers defrost every 8 to 12 hours. If yours has more than 1/4 inch of ice on the base or walls, manually defrost it. Before proceeding to the next step, dip a rag in rubbing alcohol, then cover the ice. Chip away frost with a plastic spatula.
Minutes 12 to 13 ~
In cleaner container/spray bottle, make a cleaner from 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar and a teaspoon dish soap. Shake to blend.
Minutes 14 to 17 ~
Douse the interior with the cleaner. Wipe down the walls and shelves with paper towels.
Minutes 18 to 20 ~
Plug the unit back in. Return to shelves and food. All done!