8 Home Remedies for Dishwasher | Q&A

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Q: Dear Grandma, I noticed that may dishwasher have mold and mildew build-up. Are there home remedies for getting rid of mold and mildew? Thanks.

A: Dear D, Mold and mildew are both a variety of fungi. The difference between the two are, mold has a fuzzy appearance and can be an orange, green, black, brown, pink or purple in color. Downy mildew starts as yellow spots that first become brighter in appearance and then the color changes to brown. Powdery mildew is whitish in color and looks like talcum powder. These white spots slowly turn yellowish brown and then black. Molds can develop in foods while mildew can grow in fabrics, leather as well as kitchen and bathroom walls. However, both can develop in a dishwasher too. Listed below are some home remedies for dishwasher on how to get rid of molds and mildew.

8 Home Remedies for Dishwasher


1. Vinegar – Pour 1 cup of white vinegar, then set it on the top rack of an empty dishwasher. Turn on the machine on its hottest setting, and let the vinegar wash around inside. [1]

2. Baking Soda – Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher. Turn on the machine on a short, hot setting. This can be done with an empty dishwasher or loaded with dishes. When the dishwasher has become dull with soap scum, hard water stains and molds and mildew, this is a helpful remedy.

3. Washing Soda and Borax – Mix washing soda and Borax thoroughly and store it in a plastic container. Utilize 2 handfuls of the mixture per load and combine vinegar in the rinse compartment as a rinse agent to aid in getting rid of mildew and molds. [2]

4. Cleaning Soap and Water – It is considered as an effective home remedy for dishwashing particularly for removing molds and mildews. Remove the bottom basket. Dip the sponge into the soapy mixture and clean around the drain area, making sure all chunks of food are cleaned out. Scrub the affected area with cleaning soap and water. Rinse it with clean water and let it dry for 30-40 minutes.

5. Change Dishwashing Detergent – When molds and mildew continuously grow, try to change your previous detergent into washing detergent that has antifungal and antibacterial properties. [3]

6. Hot Water – Remove the racks and the silverware tray from the dishwasher. This allows you to access the corners and crevices of the dishwasher. Wash them with hot water to get rid of molds mildew that may have accumulated in them. Keep them aside to dry.

7. Hot Water and Vinegar – For cleaning the interiors, take a large bowl and add half a cup of white vinegar to 2 cups of hot water. Combine it thoroughly and utilize a clean sponge to apply and scrub the mixture thoroughly inside the dishwasher. Repeat 2-3 times and let it dry.

8. Tea Tree Oil – Pour and mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water. Pour it on the dishwasher tab and turn the machine on its hottest setting without any loaded dish. [4]


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