A deep freezer that will not be in use for an extended period of time should be prepared for storage. Moisture and mold are the chief enemies of freezers that are put into storage. There are simple things you can do to care for your chest or upright freezer while it’s not in use so it can be stored safely and be ready when you want to use it again.
Prepare the freezer for storage by removing all food, turning the freezer’s cold control to “off,” unplugging the freezer and defrosting it. Drain or wipe up any defrost melt water. Take out any movable shelves.
Mix a dishwashing liquid solution in a bucket. Wipe down the outside of the freezer with a sponge dampened with the dishwashing liquid solution. Wipe down the inside of the freezer and shelves with the damp sponge. Wipe down the inside of the door and the door gasket. Pull on the gasket to open the folds so your sponge can remove any dirt from the folds inside and out. Wipe down the freezer’s interior again with a solution of 2 tbsp. of baking soda to a quart of water. Dry the interior with clean towels. Clean, dry and replace movable shelves.
Apply car or appliance wax to the outside painted metal shell of the freezer with a clean, soft cloth. Polish with another cloth. Don’t wax plastic parts. Remove dust or cobwebs from the compressor and any coils underneath the freezer with a vacuum cleaner and whisk broom. Block access to the compressor compartment with heavy cardboard or other material. Put a fresh box of baking soda inside the freezer to control odors.
If your freezer door closes with a mechanical latch, remove the latch handle or catch and store it inside the freezer. Most latches are held in place by screws. Wrap a safety strap around the freezer to keep the door from being opened by a child. Store the freezer in a garage or other protected area where it will stay dry. Cover with a sheet or tarp to keep off dust.
Things You Will Need
Car or appliance wax
Soft polishing cloth
If your freezer will be stored pending disposal, it's best to remove the door for safety.
Don't store freezers in areas frequented by children.