Is your freezer suffering from Popsicle season?

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It’s that time of year -- where having a freezer with some sweet cool treats inside is essential.

Here is a reprint of some freezer maintenance advice so you can keep your’s running at it’s best.

A little maintenance can go along way to keeping your much-needed appliances working this summer.

1. Clean the interior twice a year. Remove all the food into a cooler. Wipe the walls and shelves with soapy water. Rinse and dry. Clean the door seal by wrapping a credit card with a wet cloth and glide it through the grooves. Add a new box of baking soda to a shelf as you are replacing your frozen food.

2. Vacuum the condenser coils once a year. Move the freezer to get to back coils or snap off front grill if your condenser is in the front. You only need one inch of space between the wall and your freezer for air flow.

3. Maintain the proper temperature. Zero degrees is ideal. To help maintain efficiency keep your freezer stocked, but not completely with popsicles!

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Sara Skillen on August 12, 2019 at 7:37 am

    My freezer is seriously overdue – and I love the credit card idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Linda Samuels on August 12, 2019 at 10:39 am

    This is a great reminder that even freezers need a little TLC. We don’t keep a lot in our freezer. But in fact, the largest amount of things that ARE in there are actually popsicles. Well not really. But we do have a good amount of frozen yogurt pops and pints. So yummy!

    • Janet Schiesl on August 12, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks for reading Linda. Glad you use your freezer for something yummy.

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