When it comes to homes, mold is definitely a four-letter word. But a reality is that, over time, bits of food can become deposited in different areas inside of your dishwasher, and those food particles provide ideal sources of nutrition for mold. Given food, humidity, and a dark environment, mold can grow rapidly inside of your unit. In some places it is easily noticed, in others not so much. Here are three places to check for mold—both inside and outside of your dishwasher.
Your Dish Rack and Dishes
If you don’t run your dishwasher every day, you may see that mold will start growing on your dishes and dish rack. This could be the result of residual food left on the dishes that also gets stuck onto the racks. These food particles can feed mold spores already inside of the dishwasher (naturally occurring in the air) and cause them to grow.
The Door Seal
Check the seal around the door of your dishwasher for discoloration. This can be an indication of the presence of mold. The design of the door’s seal/rubber gasket enables it to trap water and food bits, which can create optimal conditions for mold growth.
Behind the Dishwasher
If your dishwasher has a musty odor and you find no obvious sources of the smell after you inspect the inside, it’s possible that you may have a leak outside of your unit that has spurred mold growth. To determine this you may have to pull your dishwasher out from within its cabinet housing. Once you’ve done that, examine the surrounding wall and cabinets to check for the presence of mold. Look for green, black, or dark brown spots—or even a dense colony of mold that may have been developing for quite some time.
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