Saturday, November 16, 2013

How to Defrost your Deep Freezer

This is the best way to defrost your freezer.

Instructions courtesy of my mom.

It had been several years since our deep freezer had been defrosted, and we were losing space due to the ice getting so thick on the walls.

Freezer full of food and ice

I waited for a cool day to begin the process so that my food would stay frozen.

First, I put two big pots of water on the kitchen cooktop to boil.

Boiling Water

Next, I took everything out of the freezer and put it in laundry baskets.


Then I covered it all up with a ton of blankets.  The ice cream and a snowball from last winter went into the refrigerator freezer in the kitchen.

Frozen food covered up

The water was now boiling.  I placed the pots of boiling water in the freezer and put them on top of cutting boards.

Pots on Cutting boards in freezer

I shut the lid and walked around the yard.


My mom said you should begin the next step in about 15 minutes.  My ice was so thick, my freezer needed a good 30 minutes.

After about 30 minutes, most of the ice was melting and sliding off in big chunks from the sides.  I got a bucket and began carrying the ice chunks out and dumping them in the yard.  To speed up the process, I used a measuring cup from the kitchen and poured small amounts of hot water behind the ice that was still stuck to the sides.  After hauling all the ice out, there was a small amount of water in the bottom of the freezer.  I used the shop vac to suck it out.

Clean Freezer!

Clean freezer

The entire process—from start to finish—took under an hour, and I was able to reorganize my freezer goods.

Thanks, mom.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Getting Wax out of fabric


Decorating for the holidays means candles.  And every year a candle gets blown out with too much gusto and wax ends up on tables, tablecloths and table runners.  To get the wax out, do the following -

1. Let it cool completely

2. Once completely cool, scrape off any wax that you can.  A fingernail works just fine for this, but you might want to do it over a trashcan.

3. Heat your iron to the hottest setting and make sure you don’t have any steam on.

4. Get a piece of cotton fabric (an old t-shirt works great) and put this on top of the wax-stained fabric.  And, depending on how thick your fabric is, lay a piece of cotton fabric underneath it. 

5. Iron until the the wax melts and soaks into your cotton fabric. 

6. That’s it!  You may have some staining if you have, say, red candle wax on a white tablecloth, but then you can try different methods for getting the stain out. 

Here is a Before and After of a table runner I “ironed” a few days ago. In the After, there was some mild staining, but I couldn’t get my camera to pick it up.

Wax on fabric table runnerfabric after wax removed

Hope it works for you!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Master Bath Tub Before and After


Master Tub Before and After

I think my favorite “cheat” on this before and after is the surround around the tub.  The original plan was to rip out the tile, but it was too difficult.  Solution: Black grout paint—cheap and easy.  I also love that we added the Sprayer.  Although it was a bit scary to drill a hole in the tub, it was a very simple process.