How To Keep Your Dishwasher Mold-and-Mildew Free

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Real Estate Agent with The Kathy O'Neal Team - RE/MAX Premier

Chantilly homeowners know that home appliances can be a big investment.  Here is something you may have never considered.

How to clean a dishwasher

Your dishwasher is a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

It's warm, it's dark, and there is a bevy of decaying, organic material in the form of both food particles and soap.

Therefore, you'll want to periodically scrub and disinfect your dishwasher so that it remains clean and healthy, and so that your dishes stay that way, too.

Here's how to clean your dishwasher :

  1. Remove all racks from the dishwasher. Wash with dish-washing detergent and set aside to dry.
  2. Mix 1 part vinegar with 4 parts very hot water into a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the mixture on the dishwasher seal and anywhere else you see discoloration, mold or mildew.
  4. Scrub the affected areas with a non-abrasive scrub brush.
  5. Replace racks in the dishwasher.
  6. Fill a small, dishwasher-safe bowl with white vinegar and place on the top rack.
  7. Without soap, run the dishwasher at the highest temperature setting available.

Then, if after performing these steps, you find that your dishwasher still has an "odor", or if mold or mildew remnants remain, immediately pour 1 cup of baking soda on the floor of your dishwasher, and run the cycle a second time at the highest temperature setting available.

If your mold/mildew problem persists, you should check the dishwasher's drain line. If it's kinked, water may be unable to drain and will pool at the bottom of your dishwasher -- a mold-breeding situation.

You should also check the food trap at the base of the dishwasher for too-large-to-drain pieces of food.

A good dishwasher will last years with proper care and maintenance. Keep yours mold- and mildew-free.

And if you are getting that dishwasher in good shape because you are planning the sale of your Northern Virginia area home, please know that the Kathy O'Neal Team is here for you!

Please feel free to contact us anytime!

[The Kathy O’Neal Team serves home buyers and sellers in Northern Virginia, with special focus on Chantilly, Centreville, and the communities of the Western Fairfax region.]

 


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Catherine Ulrey
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I think I am going to have to try that!

 

January 24, 2012 08:48 PM #1
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
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Kathy...these are great tricks....thanks so much for sharing!

January 24, 2012 08:50 PM #2
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Kathy Stoltman
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Great advice Kathy, I have used vinegar for a variety of odor issues.  A bowl of vinegar will diffuse a smelly room rather quickly but you will smell the vinegar.

January 24, 2012 08:55 PM #3
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Cindy Jones
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My DW is currently a drying rack as it needs to be replaced.  But I'll remember your tips.

January 24, 2012 09:03 PM #4
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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Great tips for anyone with a dishwasher. I'm trying it.

Gretchen

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Catherine, Deborah, Kathy, Cindy, Gretchen,

Thanks for taking time to comment.  Best to you all in the year ahead.

 

 

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