Ice keeps forming on the inner walls of refrigerators, which is best removed because otherwise more electricity is consumed. Who for the freezer or Defrost refrigerator without spending too much time and effort can take advantage of glycerin.
The versatile home remedy glycerine is suitable for skin and hair care (e.g. as glycerine hair soap), for the care of textiles and surfaces, for soap bubbles and even for sweetening and keeping food moist. However, its properties also make it useful for easy defrosting of the refrigerator:
- It is best to defrost the appliance when there is not too much food in it. Store anything that spoils quickly in another fridge or in a cool bag. Then turn off the appliance and open the door(s) to quickly melt the ice. With a large bowl and towels in front of the refrigerator door, the meltwater can be collected.
- After defrosting completely, clean all surfaces – preferably with a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water with a dash of washing-up liquid to get rid of germs. Wipe off with a dry cloth.
Tip: You can find detailed instructions for cleaning and defrosting the refrigerator in our sparkling clean challenge.
- The last step takes the fright out of all future defrosting actions: Soak a rag in glycerine and wipe all the inside walls with it. Because glycerin has a lower freezing point than water, it takes much longer for ice to form on surfaces again.
Now the refrigerator can be switched on again and put away.
If slabs of ice do form again after a long time, they can be removed much more easily than before thanks to the thin glycerin layer when defrosting again.
Tip: It is advisable to take a look at the list of ingredients when buying glycerine, as many glycerine products are based on palm oil or animal fats. Pure vegetable, palm oil-free glycerine made from organic raw materials is available in the smarticular shop.
You can find more home remedies that make household chores easier and are more environmentally friendly and cheaper than most finished products in our books:
What do you do to make defrosting your fridge easier? We look forward to your ideas in a comment!