When it comes to the kitchen appliances, the most useful and advantageous is the dishwasher. It saves time and effort and also uses less water in comparison to hand washing. It makes your kitchen clutter free and is more hygienic to wash dishes in dishwasher. A little effort towards care and correct usage can ensure the proper working and longevity of the appliance.
However, cleaning the dishwasher is the task; most of us would hardly consider doing. It is a common thought that the dishwasher gets cleaned by itself while washing the dishes. Really? Although the dishwasher cleans the dishes, over a period of time the build-up of deposits reduces the functioning and also provides perfect environment for the growth of the molds and mildew. The growth of mold stains the interior of the appliance and is also unhealthy and unhygienic. To prevent this, regular cleaning of the dishwasher is extremely necessary. If your dishwasher shows the stains and is smelling of molds you can use some simple cleaning strategies to get rid of them.
Ideal spots for the growth of molds
The food particles left behind in the dishwasher provide nutrient for the growth of the molds. The food particles collect in the dish racks, baskets, trays and door panels. It also collects at the bottom of the dishwasher in the plastic filters.
The door gaskets are the areas which are most vulnerable for the growth of the molds and mildews. The door gaskets are not washed during the dishwashing and, the food particles, deposits and moisture get trapped inside the folds of the gasket. It provides the ideal place for the growth of the molds.
Ways to get rid of the molds
To get rid of the molds and mildews from your dishwasher you can either use baking soda and vinegar or chlorine bleach. Vinegar has acetic acid which is effective in removing molds and it also prevents the regrowth of the molds and mildews. Likewise chlorine bleach kills mold and also helps in removing their stains.
You can select anything depending on your choice and availability.
Steps of cleaning
- Collect all the stuff required for the cleaning purpose like detergent, towels, brushes and sponge.
- In order to reach all the corners of the dishwasher it is required to remove all the racks and trays before cleaning.
- To get rid of the molds grown on the racks and trays, wash them separately with detergent and washing sponge and let them dry.
- Now, take the mold and mildew removing solution of your choice. If you are using vinegar, mix half cup of vinegar with two cups of water, and while using chlorine bleach, mix one cup in a gallon of water.
- Apply the mixture with sponge on the interior parts of the dishwasher. Use the mixture generously on the areas where molds are visible.
- The interior corners and the narrow parts can be easily accessed with the help of the toothbrush.
- Put the mixture on door gasket also; apply it with brush to reach every part of the gasket.
- Arrange the racks and tray in the dishwasher and run the dishwasher on the normal wash cycle. If you are using vinegar, run the dishwasher with a bowl of vinegar kept on the topmost rack, and run it again with a cup of baking soda sprinkled on the bottom of the washer.
- If you still find the stains, wipe them with damp cloth.
Prevention is better than cleaning
Following these steps will help you in getting rid of the molds from your dishwasher. However, if you use some precautionary measures it will help in preventing the growth of the molds and mildews altogether.
- Cleaning the filter of the dishwasher occasionally will help in reducing the accumulation of food particles which act as the nutrients to molds.
- You can also run the dishwasher empty once in a weak to clean up the food particles.
- Cleaning the door gasket once in a week is necessary to stop the growth of molds and mildews. Wipe the gasket with cloth and let it dry.
- Molds need moisture apart from the nutrients to grow. So it is advised to open the door after every wash for some time and let it dry completely.
- The heat dry function of the dishwasher can also be used to dry the interior of the washer.
- The dishwasher if left unused for days can develop molds and mildews, therefore if you are going for vacations or not using the dishwasher, leave the door open to prevent them from molds.
- The most useful appliance of the kitchen, your dishwasher, with little care and effort can be your helping hand for a long period of time.