I have a new category – cleaning tips. In which i will reveal some of the more useful Ninja Cleaning Powers I have learned in this new job. The ones that don’t require industrial-strength chemicals or special equipment, at least.
Tonight I defrosted my freezer because it had reached the point where the door wouldn’t stay closed unless the kitchen bin was wedged against it. There was a danger of waking up tomorrow to find a glacier in the kitchen. Also, I couldn’t empty the bin because I needed the weight to keep the freezer closed.
I put off that job because it takes a long time, and when I finally get to it it’s normally an emergency and an all-day thing. No longer. Tonight it took 45 minutes to get from glacier to no-ice, dry, and back in action.
How? With a simple trick I learned at work. So simple it’s ‘slap the forehead’ time.
All you need is one of those garden sprays you pump up to pressurise. Oh, and some old towels and a bowl – it gets messy.
Fill the spray with hot water (from the tap, not from the kettle, the bottles are plastic and can be over-pressurised). Pump it up and… you have the ice equivalent of a laser cutter.
Turn off freezer, lay towels on floor, put the bowl into the freezer to catch most of the water and lumps of ice, and get gunning. Get your water jet between the ice layers and the wall of the freezer so you carve it off in big lumps. If you haven’t left it to desperation level, as I had, it’ll take no time at all. No need for gouging and scraping, the hot water jet does it all.
Dry it all off with paper towels before turning it on again or you’ll get instant icicles.
Now that I know it can be done in a short time, I’ll be less inclined to put off the job until it absolutely has to happen.
In fact, I have also cleared the mini-glacier in the freezer compartment of the booze – I mean, the spare fridge. Both on the same night and in about a hour and a half all told!
Everyone should do a cleaning job for a year or so. The tricks you learn will save you hours of work at home.