Are Dishwashers A Breeding Ground For Disease? Clean It Out With This One Easy Ingredient
A study published in Medical Mycology found that dishwashers worldwide were perfect breeding grounds for various fungal and bacterial species that can be harmful to humans.
Red yeast, black mold, and candida yeast were the most likely to grow in the warm, moist, alkaline environment of a dishwasher.
The study concluded that 62% of dishwashers were positive for some kind of fungi.
So how do you kill fungi and bacteria in your dishwasher?
First, remove the racks from your dishwasher and use hot, soapy water to wash them by hand. Let the racks air dry.
While they dry, combine a half of a cup of distilled white vinegar with two cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Spray the inside of the dishwasher and give it a good scrub. You may want to use a toothbrush for some of the crevices and the seal.
Put the racks back in the dishwasher and fill a small glass bowl with vinegar. Place it on the top rack and run the dishwasher on the hottest setting. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the dishwasher floor and run the dishwasher on high heat a second time.
This should pretty much be the one-two knockout for nasty dishwasher fungi.