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This refrigerator mistake gets really expensive - this is how you can prevent it

2020-09-05T20:39:12.558Z

Defrosting a refrigerator is actually very easy - and it's worth it. These tips and tricks can save you money.



Defrosting a refrigerator is actually very easy - and it's worth it.

These tips and tricks can save you money.

  • A

    refrigerator

    should be

    defrosted

    regularly

    .

  • When

    defrosting

    , a few details must be observed in order

    not to damage

    the

    refrigerator

    .

  • If you

    defrost your fridge

    , you can save money with a few tricks.

Offenbach - There is a

refrigerator

in pretty much every household today.

But many

refrigerators

are too rarely

defrosted

.

Not only can this be expensive, it can also shorten the life of the refrigerator.

With such an expensive device, this is extremely annoying.

Why should you defrost the refrigerator?

It

should be cold in the

refrigerator

, but sometimes it gets too cold and a

layer of ice

forms.

This layer of ice can cost money because it insulates the

refrigerator

so that more

energy is

needed to keep the cold out.

A

refrigerator

that has a layer of ice in it

consumes up to 50 percent more electricity

- and therefore costs at least 50 percent more money.

What helps with a

layer of ice in the refrigerator

?

Defrost.

But how do you

defrost

a

refrigerator

?

It's actually not difficult if you follow a few tips.

How often should a refrigerator be defrosted?

+

A spatula or spatula can help when defrosting the refrigerator.

But be careful when using it correctly.

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A

refrigerator

should be defrosted once a year.

If it is

very cold

in the

refrigerator

, it may make sense to defrost it every six months.

Long-term planning is important.

Because certain foods

quickly

lose their

shelf life

outside of the

refrigerator

.

An alternative to refrigeration should be available - or no food in the

refrigerator

.

When should the refrigerator be defrosted?

Two times are therefore particularly suitable for

defrosting

the

refrigerator

: before a long vacation or in winter.

Before the holiday, the

refrigerator is

often empty, perhaps the food available is also suitable for a delicious "leftover meal".

In winter, on the other hand, there is a practical way to store food elsewhere.

Namely on the balcony, the terrace or in a cool cellar.

Temperatures of 4 to 6 degrees are sufficient, because a

refrigerator

should

n't be

colder

.

It should of course be colder for the freezer.

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Frozen food on the freezer compartment can be stored in a freezer bag (available in every supermarket) or in a cool box with ice packs.

If necessary, it is also sufficient to wrap the frozen food in newspaper or blankets so that it maintains its temperature.

With a bit of luck, the neighbors will have a place for the temporarily homeless food.

How does the defrosting of the refrigerator work?

When all the food that belongs in the refrigerator * has been brought to a safe place, the actual

defrosting can begin

.

It is important to

switch

off

the

refrigerator

beforehand.

Otherwise it continues to produce cold, which on the one hand consumes a lot of energy, but in the worst case can lead to the thermostat overheating and breaking.

The most convenient

way to defrost

the

refrigerator

is to simply leave the door open.

Then the ice liquefies bit by bit.

But if you have little time - for example because the food shouldn't stay out of the refrigerator for too long - you can also speed up the process.

Defrosting the fridge: This trick works really wonders

A trick that may not immediately occur to you:

Put

a saucepan or bowl with hot water in the

refrigerator

and then close the door.

Another, but more energy-intensive, option is a hair dryer.

It is important not to come into contact with the thawing water, as this can

lead

to a

short circuit

.

In addition, the plastic should

not be heated too much

in the

refrigerator

, as this

can

damage

it.

Caution is advised with "mechanical" tutoring during defrosting.

The

layer of ice

to work with a screwdriver or other metal devices is not recommended, as quick to the coating or inside is the

refrigerator

damaged.

Then you no longer have to

defrost

, but buy a new one.

What to do with defrosted water after defrosting the refrigerator?

If the

ice layer in the refrigerator

is not too thick, it is often enough to use a few towels or dishcloths to catch the water.

If there was a little more water, then a deep baking sheet is a good choice; water can also be

collected

in the vegetable compartment after the

refrigerator has defrosted

.

Many refrigerators also have an extra drain for the defrost water.

If a thick

layer of ice

has formed

in the refrigerator

, the ice can also be

thawed

and then removed in pieces.

It is important to proceed carefully and to loosen the chunks of ice with a scraper or spatula.

The tools should be made of plastic or wood so as

not to damage

the

refrigerator

.

The dissolved ice can then be disposed of in a bucket or the sink.

Clean the refrigerator after defrosting

Tips against #food waste - No. 3: hygiene in the refrigerator.



Cleanliness helps ensure that #foods last a long time.

Use the next few days to clean your refrigerator.

You will need water, vinegar and a rag.



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After

defrosting the refrigerator

, it is advisable to clean it immediately.

Warm water, a cleaning cloth and all-purpose cleaner, vinegar or detergent are sufficient.

Caution is advised with aggressive cleaning agents, because they can

attack

the material of the

refrigerator

.

A positive side effect:

not only does the

refrigerator

become

clean

, it also removes unpleasant smells.

By the way: The seals should not be forgotten when cleaning.

To extend their shelf life, they can be rubbed with baby powder after cleaning.

After

defrosting the refrigerator

, the question

often

arises: “How do I get rid of yellow spots in the refrigerator?” Because these become visible over time and are

even more

noticeable

after

defrosting

.

In this case,

baking soda will

help

.

The discolored areas must first be moistened and then rubbed with baking powder.

A short polish is then sufficient in most cases.

And if not, there is no need to worry: the stains are not dangerous, they are just not nice to look at.

What do you do to prevent the refrigerator from icing up?

So that the effort of

defrosting is

not in vain, there are simple tricks to prevent the

ice layer

from coming back so quickly.

For example, a thin layer of oil - for example olive or sunflower - or baking paper helps to prevent freezer compartments in particular from icing up again.

The baking paper also insulates, but only to a very small extent, so that the benefit is far greater than when a thick

layer of ice forms in the refrigerator

again

.

Proper care for the refrigerator

With these tips on

defrosting

, you should be able to take

better care of

the

refrigerator

and not only save money.

The service life can also be extended in this way.

At least as important as correct

defrosting

is also

paying

attention to how long food stays in the

refrigerator

.

The time span ranges from a few hours to several days.

But maybe you will soon no longer have to worry about it when refrigerators think along, as a research project of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food (BMEL) intends to do.

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Source: merkur

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