Kitchen Cleaning Tips to Prevent Mold

Published by Eric Bustamante on May 18th 2015

We take aim at mold, mildew, and other germs that find their way into onto a home’s kitchen surfaces and dishes. With your home and your health in mind, here are 4 cleaning tips from 911 Restoration for removing mold on dishes:

    1. Wash Dirty Dishes Right Away

      This may seem like obvious advice, but most homeowners actually let their dirty dishes pile up in the kitchen sink. Instead, wash dishes immediately after eating or using them because it only takes mold between 24-48 hours to begin growing and multiplying.

    2. Ventilate the Kitchen Area

      If you have a window above your sink or anywhere else near the kitchen, open it to provide circulation and ventilation while you wash dishes. Wear protective gloves and eyewear like a face mask while dealing with mold and mildew because mold spores can irritate your eyes and respiratory tract.

    3. Break out the Chlorine Bleach

      While a dishwasher or good old fashioned “elbow grease” will remove most of the superficial grease and germs off of a dish, using chlorine bleach mixed with water is by far the best and most reliable way to eliminate all signs of mold and mildew from a kitchen surface or dish.

    4. Clean your Dishwasher

      This is an often-overlooked task but cleaning your dishwasher is extremely important too, especially for homeowners who tend to just throw dirty dishes in it without first rinsing them off. Also check the inside of your dishwasher for mold If you have a newer model dishwasher, run the “sterilize cycle” every so often.

Washing dirty dishes is a chore that both adults and kids don’t particularly enjoy doing, but making sure that your kitchen and home in general is mildew and mold-free is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. If while cleaning your kitchen, pantry, or home in general you find mildew or mold, contact 911 Restoration and we’ll send out our expert mold removal specialists to take care of you!