How to Clean and Organize Your Freezer

When it comes to household cleaning, the most forgotten item on our to-do list is usually the freezer. Get your freezer sparkling again with a few quick tips from Domestic CEO. Plus - learn tips on how to maximize your freezer storage.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #104


When it comes to household cleaning, one of the most forgotten (if not the most hated) items on our cleaning to-do list is the freezer. But that faithful part of your fridge that only gets noticed if it stops working does need a good scrubbing every now and again. Not to mention, you might want to get rid of that bag of “Honey, do you know what this is?” that's been taking up space in the back for over a year.  Unless you’re diligent about using or purging things from your freezer regularly, just about everyone has that mystery bag of something in there. I recommend cleaning your freezer at least twice a year..


Here’s how to tackle the job:

Before I start this project, I like to assemble everything I need to take it from start to finish. Nothing like getting halfway through a job and realizing you have to run to the store to stock up on supplies. Here’s my list of necessities:

Cleaning Supplies

  • Sponge
  • Paper towels or dish towel
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Old toothbrush
  • Bucket

Step-by-Step Instructions for Cleaning Your Freezer

Step #1: Empty the Freezer

First things first. Remove everything from your freezer. It’s a good idea to have an ice chest at the ready. Just add everything that will be re-loaded into the clean freezer to the ice chest. This is the perfect time to sort through and throw out anything that’s freezer-burned, caked with ice crystals, or unidentifiable. Also, check “use by” dates on all packaged items. If that date is past, toss it.

Step #2: Take Out Removable Shelves and Drawers

Before taking out the removable parts of your freezer, fill your sink with warm, soapy water using your favorite dish soap. As you take out shelves and drawers, dump out any loose debris like stray crumbs, ice cubes, or food items into the trash. Now, you are ready to give each shelf or drawer a good scrub. Use the sudsy water to thoroughly wash each piece. If you’ve got an especially yucky mess, you may have to give that part a soak for a while and then use the sponge to remove the last bits. Rinse with hot water and dry.

Step #3: Clean the Interior

Fill your bucket with warm water and dish soap. Take your sponge and wipe down the entire interior of the freezer; being careful to get all crumbs and stuck-on foods. I use an old toothbrush to get those hard-to-reach spots or to thoroughly clean ridges and crevices. Dump out the soapy water and fill the bucket with hot water. Using this hot water and your sponge, wipe out the entire body of the freezer to rinse off any soapy residue.