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Can I Use a Hand Steamer to Defrost a Freezer?

Is it OK to use a hand steamer to melt ice when defrosting the freezer? I find my indoor outdoor vac sure saves time, my legs, and back to clean up the water that is in the bottom.

By Carol from FL

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April 4, 20110 found this helpful

I am not sure, but the steam might damage the plastic parts. I use a fan, as someone posted on here last week. Works as fast as anything I have ever tried. Nice idea about the shop vac! I found that a Rubbermaid tote fits perfectly in the bottom of my freezer and catches most of the ice and water. I use newspaper to absorb drips.

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April 4, 20110 found this helpful

Don't do it. My dad melted the inside of our freezer years ago using a hair dryer.

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April 4, 20110 found this helpful

I have used a hair dryer before and had no problems. Just use a slow steady stream of air, and do not focus in one place for too long. Use towels or a pan below to catch the drips/ice chunks. Good luck!

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful

Like Mjeffwhit, I've used my hairdryer for years with no problems. I use the trays you get for ready pasted wallpaper to catch drips, right size for my freezer.

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