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How to Defrost Your Freezer Quickly

In another of our “How to” series, this time we will show you how to defrost your freezer quickly and easily.

It is important to defrost your freezer. Opening the door causes ice on the walls and the ceiling of the freezer. It means you have less storage space. The ice formation means that the freezer no longer works in the best possible way and it consumes more energy. So defrost your (fridge) freezer 4x a year.

On this page you learn how to defrost a freezer fast and easy in 7 steps.

1. Collect everything you need to defrost the fridge freezer
The freezer is best defrosted with the right equipment. You need the following to defrost your freezer:

2. Switch the freezer off
Switch your freezer off first. Most freezers are switched off by pulling the plug from the socket. Some have an on-off button, which is often at the top of the fridge or freezer. By switching off your freezer you prevent the water from refreezing.

3. Empty the freezer completely
Empty the freezer completely. If you have a fridge freezer, empty the fridge part too. When you empty the fridge, keep an eye on the sell-by date of the foodstuffs. Throw away food that is past its sell-by date or that has gone off. The rest of your foodstuffs you store temporarily in cool boxes or cool bags with cooling elements.

4. Defrost the freezer
Wait until the ice in the freezer melts. Melting ice water will find its way out via the run-off. This is a pipe or rubber hose at the bottom of the freezer. Capture the ice water from the run-off with the drip tray. Put a towel in front of the freezer to absorb any extra water. This prevents water damage to the floor. If you are defrosting the freezer compartment of the fridge, put the towel in the freezer compartment. It prevents the melted ice water from ending up in the rest of the fridge.

5. Defrost freezer quickly
Do you need to defrost the freezer fast? It is easy to remove large chunks of ice with a wooden spatula or the plastic ice scraper from your car. Never use iron, because this causes damages in the inside of your freezer. Do you need to defrost the freezer fast? Use one of the following tips:

  • Put a pan or tray with boiling hot water at the bottom of the freezer or the freezer compartment. Put a trivet or towel under the hot pan or tray. This prevents damage to your freezer. Close the door and wait fifteen minutes. The ice will melt quicker. Repeat the process until the freezer has defrosted.
  • Use your hairdryer at its highest setting. Blow the ice until all the ice has melted.
  • Fill a plant spray with hot water and spray the thick layer of ice.
  • Use a fan and put it opposite the fridge freezer or freezer. Open the door of the appliance and check the air flows inside.
  • Use a special ice defroster for freezers, such as HG freezer de-icer. Spray the ice. Leave to work for 5-10 minutes and repeat if necessary. Remove the ice and dry the walls.

6. Clean the freezer
Once you have defrosted the freezer completely, wipe up the puddles of water in the freezer. Now clean the freezer with warm water and soda. Then dry the freezer with a tea towel.

7. Switch the fridge or freezer back on
Put all the foodstuffs back into the fridge or freezer. Switch the button on or put the plug in the socket. You repeat this 7-step plan once every 3 months, to make sure your freezer works in the best possible way.

We hope the above makes the onerous task of defrosting the freezer a bit easier, keep reading for a few further tips regarding your freezer.

3 tips to reduce ice formation in your freezer

Ice formation in your freezer is caused by damp air that ends up in your freezer. This is normal, and cannot be prevented completely. This is how you reduce ice formation in your freezer:

1. Close the door properly and only open the freezer when you need something.
Keeping the door open for a long time produces more damp air in the freezer. Always check that you closed the door properly. Any doubt? Stick a piece of paper between the door and the freezer and try to pull it out. If the paper comes out, the door does not close properly. You may need to replace the rubber seals.

2. Let leftovers cool down completely.
If you put leftovers in the freezer too soon, you get ice around the product. It also deteriorates the quality of your leftovers. How do I cool down leftovers quickly? Put the container or the pan in a bit of water. Do not leave it outside the fridge or freezer for more than 2 hours.

3. Freeze food in small portions.
Small portions freeze faster. This causes less condensation or ice in the freezer.

Thanks to HG for the use of their copy. Original article can be found here

How to clean a patio? 5 ways of cleaning a concrete patio

Cleaning patio tiles can feel like a major job. Fortunately one that can be done in no time. With these 5 ways your patio tiles will be shining in no time. And you enjoy a clean patio.

The cause of dirty patio tiles


As soon as the sun comes out, it is wonderful to sit in the garden. After a period of time, your patio tiles may be dirty and look dull. This is caused by dirt in the air, where soot and fine dust adhere to the tiles. The major causes are traffic on busy roads and industry. The deposits on your patio are difficult to prevent, but easy to solve. Would you like to enjoy the sun on a sparkling patio? Patio cleaning and sealing is a good job for the spring.

4 DIY ways of cleaning patio concrete

How to clean a patio

HG patio cleaner is the solution for cleaning (concrete) patio tiles effectively. On the internet, various tips are shared for cleaning your patio without a pressure washer. HG selected a random number of tips you can use to get going. Consider using the following patio cleaning  tools: a brush, soft household soap or sand. This is how to go about it:

1. Brush the dirt from your patio
Clean the patio tiles with a grout scraper, water and a tough, stiff brush. First clean the grout between the tiles with the scraper. Then take a bucket of warm water, throw it over the patio and scrub the garden tiles. Your patio is clean again. Remember that this is a tough job if you don’t use other tools or products.

2. Use soft household soap to clean dirty patio tiles
Add soft household soap for this second method of cleaning your patio. This is how you do it:

  • Fill a bucket with water and soft household soap. The number of litres of water is the same as the number of tablespoons of soft household soap.
  • Throw the mixture on your patio tiles and scrub with a stiff brush.
  • Leave to work for 30 minutes and rinse with clean water.

If it doesn’t work immediately, leave the soapy water to absorb overnight. Be careful: the tiles can become slippery with the soap.

3. Spray the patio clean with a high-pressure cleaner
Use a high-pressure jet cleaner to clean your patio tiles effortlessly. Work from left to right and from the top to the bottom. NB: depending on the type of tiles, the pressure of the high-pressure jet cleaner may damage your patio. Consider this before treating your patio tiles with a high-pressure jet cleaner.

4. Scrubbing with sand
Sand works like a natural sander. Spread sand over the tiles and throw some soapy water on top. Scrub your patio with a broom and scrub off the dirt. Sweep up the remaining sand and throw it away. If you don’t like a sandy patio, this method is not for you.

Remember your garden

Not all patio cleaning solutions are good for your garden. Avoid salt and vinegar. These products are absorbed by the soil and in high concentrations they affect the soil, your flowers and plants. This is a shame, because there are plenty of garden-friendly ways to clean your patio tiles.

HG patio cleaner: the effective aid for cleaning your patio

best way to clean a patio

You’re looking for an immediate result? HG patio cleaner is the simplest way of cleaning your patio without a pressure washer. HG patio cleaner is a highly concentrated cleaner that has been developed specifically for cleaning patio tiles. HG patio cleaner cleans dull, grey gravel tiles and concrete tiles. After treatment with HG patio cleaner, patio tiles look like new again.

Complete the following steps and clean your dull gravel and concrete tiles with this HG patio cleaner:

  1. Wet the tiles first, do not forget the grout and wipe up any puddles.
  2. Mix HG patio cleaner with 4L of water in a container that fits a stiff broom, in a washing-up bucket for example.
  3. Submerge the broom in the bucket and apply the patio cleaner whilst scrubbing. Leave it to work for a few minutes.
  4. Then scrub again and rinse the tiles with plenty of water before the liquid dries out.

original article can be found here, credit HG

How To – Properly and Safely Move A Fridge Freezer or other Heavy Domestic Appliance.

In another of our “How To” series of helpful hints and tips, I’m going guide you on how to move those heavy domestic appliances like a fridge freezer or washing machine.

Moving large items such as Washing Machines, Fridges etc. are a hassle, no matter what the circumstances may be. A washer, a dryer, a refrigerator or a dishwasher is far too big for one person to pick up, and often too big for even two people to pick up and carry.

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There are a number of angles from which you can approach the problem. Depending on what the appliance is, you may be lucky enough that it’s on wheels. Most refrigerator models have some kind of wheels so that you can push them at least part of the way, although you may still have to resort to some other technique in order to maneuver them around angles.

Without wheels or without practical wheels, one easy idea is to use Universal Appliance Rollers or a Scanpart Movable Base. The best ones are the ones that have a long flat edge that you tip it back toward you to can slide underneath the appliance in question then you can push or pull it to the location in which you need it.

If you are moving something over a longer distance, it’s a good idea to use a rope or bungee cord to secure the appliance in position on the Scanpart Movable Base or Universal Appliance Rollers. It may also be a good idea to have a partner help you guide the appliance or steer for you if it’s something particularly large.

Tips for Moving a Fridge:

1. Remove all contents, including freezer items.

2. Unplug the refrigerator and if it has a freezer compartment let the freezer defrost. This will usually take at least 6-8 hours depending on the state of the freezer. It’s best to defrost it overnight, and in the morning wipe out the inside.

3. Remove all shelves and other loose items. If you prefer, tape the fridge drawers closed (be careful that tape doesn’t leave a mark) or remove them. Wrap the shelves with blankets, towels to protect them during the move. Label the shelves appropriately.

4. Turn off the power source and wrap the cord, securing it out of the way.

5. Secure the doors. With a strong cord or rope, tie the doors closed by wrapping the cord around the fridge. If you have a double-door, tie the doors together tightly. Tape will work as well, but just remember that when you remove the tape, the paint surface might be disturbed.

6. Position it into its new space. Before you plug it in, let the refrigerator sit for at least 2-3 hours. This allows the fluids to flow back into the compressor. This is critical to its cooling mechanism.

Leave it plugged in. It’ll take a while before the fridge is ready to use. Some require 3 days before they’ll reach an optimum temperature. Check your manual for details.

Always keep the refrigerator standing upright as much as possible. This ensures that oil won’t seep into the cooling tubes which can cause permanent damage.

Read the manual. Check moving instructions in your refrigerator’s manual before you move. It’ll highlight important safety tips and advice and warn you of potential problems.

Hopefully there are some helpful tips there next time you have to move the fridge to retrieve the cat (true story!).