How To Remove Mildew from the Interior of a Dishwasher

Dishwashers are of great assistance in making your daily routine easier and quicker. As convenient as it can be in putting away your dirty dishes, an underlying problem still remains. Beneath that clean and sparkling surface is a menacing water and moisture. This is a usual area where mold and mildew love thriving in because of its cold and damp environment.

Dishwashers come in many different designs. These designs mostly involve crevices and enclosed spaces allowing water to become stagnant. When these become a nesting areas for mold and mildew, it poses a lot of health hazards. Because you are storing utensils in your dishwasher, you could easily come into contact or even inhale such organisms. To avoid these lurking dangers you should learn how to remove mildew from the interior of your dishwasher. Here's how.

  • Parts and pieces. Dismantle or take down your dishwasher part by part. You can start by removing the racks and trays before you begin cleaning away mold and mildew. This will allow you to reach the confined spaces and corners easily.
  • Wearing the proper gear. Use gloves in handling your dishwasher parts especially when molds and mildew has started breeding in it. Do not breathe in or inhale these organisms as it will bring health repercussions which can trigger allergies or raise serious health conditions.It is a must to use a mask in handling it.
  • The cleaning process. Use lukewarm water to wash the racks and trays with dishwashing detergent. Make use of a sponge to remove any mold and mildew that possibly came in contact with the utensils. For hard to reach areas of the dishwasher, use cotton buds. Another means would be placing vinegar damped tissue inside the mentioned area. It will easily remove the fungi stains completely when you begin your scrubbing process. The use of vinegar is a great way of avoiding chemical composed cleaning products. There are other alternatives to vinegar. You can go for non-chlorine bleach or use baking soda and water solution. Baking soda will also deodorize your dishwasher.
  • Water down the dishwasher. After the cleaning process, continuously water down your dishwasher and its parts to completely remove the molds and mildew. Use lukewarm water for rinsing so that it would also sanitize the equipment. You may repeat the process to ensure the removal of any remaining mold and mildew.
  • Air dry the equipment. Let your dishwasher sit to dry off or use a clean cloth to wipe away the excess water. Ensure that it is dry all the way through the small spaces to avoid mold and mildew growth. This will also keep your dishwasher from giving off that musty smell. You can also spray disinfectant before placing your racks and trays back in the dishwasher.

As your dishwashers give you the convenience of getting through your daily routine with lessened burden, try to return the favor. Take good care of your dishwashers the way they do. Although cleaning may seem so much inconvenient from your busy schedules it will keep you from harm’s way. Routine clean up of your dishwasher gives you the advantage of being cautious and allowing you to prevent molds and mildew to thrive. 


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