My Dishwasher is Growing Mold!. My dishwasher is growing mold. What can I do?
You can control the smell and mold growth by running the machine with an empty load with vinegar or bleach.
Vinegar would be better. Bleach will accelerate any rust I've got.
You probably want to make sure the dishwasher is venting steam properly. Otherwise, you have a hot humid environment perfect for mold growth.
I don't know how to fix that.
Open the door as soon as the cycle is done and put dishes away to let it vent out. And call a repair technician to check the vents or fans.
Someone told me it could be a sign of a leak.
It could. That's especially true if the mold is growing in the bottom of the dishwasher or in the sides near a hose to the drain.
I don't think I've got a leak. There's no water on the floor.
Mold can grow on a wet bath towel. Just look it up on Reddit.
I'd rather not. That would make me sick.
The mold could be a sign of a small leak or seepage. The fact that there is mold though means it has been leaking for a while.
Like the leftovers that had to sit in the fridge a week before it changed colors.
You'll probably need to have all the seals checked out. The shell is rarely cracked, though.
That would necessitate getting a new dishwasher.
Leaking seals, valves and hoses are all simple fixes. Sterilizing the dishwasher so the mold doesn't spread to the rest of the kitchen is harder.
That's where all the bleach comes in.
Or where it all goes on.
And then I have to break out the lemon juice.
What? As a supplemental all natural cleaner?
No, to offset the smell of all the mold and bleach.
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