Everyone knows that mini fridges – like any other home appliance – need to be taken care of. Aside from usual maintenance, they also need periodic defrosting. Defrosting saves a lot of electricity as an ice block forces the compressor to work harder. It also ensures longer and safer functioning of the mini fridge.
You are lucky if your fridge has a No-Frost system. In this case, you need to defrost it only one to two times a year. But if your mini fridge is quite old, then the defrosting process has to be carried out at least one to two times a month.
Today we want to share some life hacks that can be helpful for anyone wanting to defrost a mini fridge and get rid of those snowy “landscapes”. The whole process will be divided into several steps.
Best Way to Defrost a Mini Fridge
- Adjust the temperature of your fridge (to 0℃ or 32℉). Then it should be unplugged.
- Take out all the stored items. Try to defrost your mini fridge freezer only when there is just little food on its shelves. If you are defrosting during the hot season, you can place hermetically-sealed food in a big basin filled with cool water with added ice. This will minimize the risk of spoilage.
- You should also try to avoid turning your defroster into a waterfall. If there are no special reservoirs for melting liquid in your fridge, you can just put towels or an absorbent cloth under it. Also, place a tray on the lower shelf.
- Now you need to wait for the refrigerator to defrost.
If you have not defrosted your fridge in a long time, the whole ice melting process can last up to 10 hours. However, you can speed up the defrosting process. All possible methods will be mentioned below.
- After defrosting, clean everything inside fridge. You can use detergents or similar products that can be found in most kitchens: baking soda, lemon, or vinegar. After cleaning, the fridge should be wiped dry and only then can you turn on and fill the fridge with food. If there is any residual moisture, ice will appear much quicker. You can also try to rub your fridge walls with glycerin. This will keep them from freezing longer.
Methods to Speed Up the Defrosting Process
Sometimes there is no time to wait for the ice crust to melt naturally because it can take a long time to melt. As a result, you will not be able to use your fridge for at least one day. Some mini fridge owners secretly dream of placing an electric heater in their freezer to accelerate the process. Of course, for safety reasons, electric heaters should not be placed inside your fridge. Just imagine all the scary consequences resulting from an electric heater in a puddle of melted water. Nevertheless, you can control the total time it takes to melt your fridge.
We have gathered a few safe methods that are quite effective in the defrosting process:
- You will need a regular rubber heating pad. Just fill it with hot water and place it inside the mini fridge. The heat generated from the heating pad will reduce the thickness of the ice.
- You can also use a basin or bucket. Pour some hot water into a bucket and place it on a wooden plate. Do not forget to cover it because hot steam can be harmful to the mini fridge’s inner surface.
- Fill a sprayer with warm water, but not boiling water because it can deform the plastic, then start spraying the walls with it. Unfortunately, you will need to wipe the fridge down afterwards once again.
There are special defrosting sprays that you can buy at your local store. They not only clean surfaces, but they disinfect them and provide a nice smell.
- You can use a typical hairdryer with care.
Do not direct a stream of hot air on the rubber gasket (seal). Considering the temperature difference. It can become very fragile and lose its shape, which will result in minimizing the tightness of the fridge’s door.
- A usual heater fan can be very useful as well. Plug it in and direct a stream of warm air towards the opened mini fridge.
Do not put the heater fan inside the fridge. It should be placed outside the fridge.
Things You Should Not Do While Defrosting Your Mini Fridge
We advise you to follow a few easy rules to keep your mini fridge safe and prolong its overall life.
- Do not remove the ice manually. Do not break the ice or scrape it with sharp objects (ie: knifes, screwdrivers, etc.). The inner surface (a “delicate” enamel) cannot tolerate scratches and chips like typical plastic objects can.
- As mentioned, if you remove the ice using hot air, do not direct it towards the seal. Dry rubber will lose its elasticity and you will need to buy a new one.
Defrosting a mini fridge is rather intricate work which requires a lot of time. But, if you use our life hacks and advice from this article, the process can be sped up and improved. One of the most difficult things is to get rid of all the ice inside your fridge. So, try to avoid procrastinating and defrost your mini fridge on time.
If you follow these recommendations, you will not need to think about the possibility that your fridge is not working well, or that you have to repair it again or buy a new one.