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How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Dishwasher

Mold. It’s a dirty little four-letter word that stops people in their tracks and causes panic throughout Connecticut and beyond, especially when people locate mold growth in their own homes.

Mold isn’t just unsightly, it’s unhealthy and destructive. One of the most common places you might find mold is inside your dishwasher. That’s because mold thrives in warm, dark, damp places. It also revels in leftover food particles and soap residue.

Luckily, with a little elbow grease and some basic household supplies, you can remove even the most stubborn of mold deposits and keep it from coming back.

  • Start with an empty dishwasher and remove all racks and silver-wear trays or baskets. Wash the racks and trays by hand with warm soapy water and set aside to dry.
  • Mix 2 cups hot water with ½ cup distilled white vinegar in a bowl or empty spray bottle, and apply to the moldy areas as well as all seals and crevices where mold might be hiding. Thoroughly scrub the inside of your dishwasher with an old toothbrush or sponge, paying special attention to the underside of the spinning arms, and then rinse with warm water.blog
  • Place the racks and utensil tray back in the dishwasher. Pour two cups of vinegar into a small dishwasher-safe bowl or measuring cup and place it upright on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run a full wash cycle on the highest heat setting available.
  • Finally, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the dishwasher floor and run a full wash cycle on the highest heat setting a second time. While the vinegar works to kill the mold, the baking soda tackles any mold spores the vinegar may have missed, as well as deodorizes and eliminates odor.

    When it’s all done, you can step back and enjoy your sparkling, mold and mildew free dishwasher. To keep mold from coming back, wipe down any wet areas if you won’t be running the dishwasher for a few days. If you choose to pass on the heated dry option, leave the dishwasher door open so the dishes (as well as the inside of your appliance) can air dry more quickly.

At 1st Class Plumbing, we can help you locate the exact source of mold if it’s growing anywhere else in your home, like on bathroom ceilings or walls, or inside your tub or shower enclosure. More than that, we can fix or replace the leaking pipe that may be causing the mold growth and make other appropriate recommendations to solve the problem completely. Contact us today for more information or to schedule service, no matter what your home plumbing need might be.

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