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Dangerous Molds Could be in Your Household Appliances

Hey friends today I am sharing a couple of things. Number one, have you ever thought about gifting a “Household DIY Cleaning Appliance Basket” to your new homeowner friends as a housewarming gift idea.

We gift cookies, flowers, wine, decor, gift cards, for the new homeowners, but what about a cleaning appliances supply basket? I mean our appliances need all the love they can get! After all, they are our maids if you will…so we need to take proper care of them, and clean them too. That way our appliances can keep working for us and stay pretty as well. Wink.

This brings me to the second thing I wanted to talk to you all about… Dangerous molds can be harboring in our major appliances, i.e.; refrigerators, dishwashers and washer and dryers can all be housing mold.

However the experts at Mr. Appliance and  Neighborly Company have you covered. As together we are sharing these great DIY Insider Appliance Cleaning Hacks. Plus you can put together your own appliance cleaning basket/caddy for yourself and/or a new homeowner. 

Cleaning Appliance Tips

-Front Load Washers-

Where mold hides: Each time you open and close the washer’s doors, moisture from each cycle is trapped in the door’s seal. Additionally, the detergent drawers another hidden trap for moisture and mold.

How to remove: To prevent moisture from lingering leave the doors and detergent drawer open for a few hours after your last load. If you’ve found mold, use an even mixture of white vinegar and baking soda to wipe the affected areas. 

-Top Load Washers-

Where mold hides: If you regularly forget about your laundry and let it linger in our top-load washer for an extended period of time, it can cause mold to potentially grow in the drum and interior walls. 

How to remove it: Notice a funky odor coming from your top-load washer? You can prevent this by running a hot cycle with 2 cups of white vinegar. If the smell persists, you may need to call and appliance expert to diagnose a larger issue. 


Where mold hides: Believe it or not, spoiled foo isn’t the only place you can find mold in your fridge, Every time you open and close the refrigerator door, the combination of cold and warm air mixed with the lack of ventilation inside a cold refrigerator can potentially spawn old spores between the door seals and handles. 

How to remove it: As a general rule of thumb, it is best to immediately clean spills in your fridge with a household cleaner or white vinegar to prevent old. If you’ve noticed mold in the exterior of your appliance (seals, handles, etc.) wipe down with over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide and use a toothbrush to get into the hard-to-reach crevasses. 


Where mold hides: The dishwasher is one of the biggest culprits for potential mold growth! Its warm and damp environment is like heaven for mold spores- especially if there’s food particles left behind from your last cycle. Be sure to regularly run and empty dry-heat cycle to flush out the interior, including the silverware basket, filter, panel, and door gasket. 

How to remove it: Clean the affected areas with diluted bleach and if there’s mold in the silverware basket, let it soak in our kitchen sin with diluted bleach and warm water or 30 minutes. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before placing back into the dishwasher.

Mr. Appliance– a Neighborly Company is North Americas leading appliance repair franchise. Learn more about them here.

About Neighborly– Neighborly is the worlds largest home services franchiser of 22 service brands and nearly 3,700 franchise owners serving 8.9 million

Who wants to go clean and detail their appliances now? Me! HA! Anyway, I hope this posts helps some of you with your appliance frustrations and or gives you a good new homeowner housewarming gift idea. 



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