Mold, like many other living things, need food and water to grow. This makes the kitchen a very welcoming place for mold. With some preventative measures you don't need to worry about growing all sorts of funny kinds of mold.
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Most of us have accidentally grown a science experiment on some dish that got pushed back to the back of the refrigerator, but we don't really know much about mold. Mold comes in several different kinds. It reproduces by releasing spores into the air. Those then travel throughout the house, the world, and anywhere that the wind takes them. At any given moment there are several spores in transit. When mold is growing near by the number of spores in the air increases. This isn't good for our home, our things, or our health. Because of that it is best that you work to prevent mold growing in the kitchen.
Mold is definitely attracted to the refrigerator. After all, it makes moisture and has food in it! To make sure that you avoid growing mold in the refrigerator you should clean it out at least once a week. Go through it and get rid of any food that you aren't likely to eat or that is past its prime. While you are at it you should wipe up any spills and clean off the seals. This will make sure that you don't have mold growing inside the fridge.
Next you need to make sure that you wipe up any spills as they happen on the outside of the fridge. While mold is less likely to grow here because of a lack of moisture, it can and does occasionally happen. You should also make sure that you clean out your fridges drip pan on a fairly regular basis. Twice a year you want to make sure that you move the fridge and clean out from under it to make sure that all is well there as well.
Another place that can be homey for mold to grow is in and around the sink. This can be from dirty dishes, a wet sponge, or even the sink itself.
- It's best to wash your dishes right away to make sure that you aren't leaving water and food there waiting. If you leave it more than 24 to 48 hours you are likely to find that mold is growing.
- Rinse dirty dishes if you plan to leave them over night to avoid food from sitting there.
- Clean up around the sink after you have done the dishes. Rinse out a dirty sponge and place it in a good area to dry. Remember that you want that sponge to dry with in 24 hours.
- You should also wipe down around the sink and dry it out to prevent mold. The great news is that taking this extra time also prevents water stains.
- Finally it is a good idea to look under the sink from time to time to make sure that water isn't running down there and that there are no leaks. Clean up any moisture that is down there right away. If there is a leak it is also important to get that taken care of as soon as possible, even if it is only a small leak.
While these are the big areas of the kitchen that are likely to grow mold there are other areas that can get it as well. Make sure that you clean up these other areas regularly and that you pay attention for extra moisture that could be caused from water leaks.
- The Stove. You need to make sure that you clean up any messes that are dropped on the stove or in the oven. It is important that you do this regularly. You also want to wash the drip pans and even under them. You should also pull your stove out and clean under neath it. This should be done at least twice a year, but it may need to be done more often if you use a counter near the stove.
- The Floor. The floor is an easy place to have moisture accumulate. It can collect along the base board. Add to that droppings of food and it could be a disaster. It's best to wipe up spills right away and to make sure that you are mopping regularly.
- The Trash. The trash bin can easily grow mold. Make sure to take out your trash once a day to avoid mold growing in there. It's also best to make sure that there are no liquids in the bottom and that nothing has spilled in there. Wash it out when it needs it.
- Inside the Cupboards. Mold can grow inside the cupboards when dishes are put away wet. However, it is also possible for this to be a problem when you have a water leak you don't know about. make sure that you are checking around for a water leak that could be causing the problem.
Often times humidity is a huge reason that mold grows. The kitchen can easily be a very humid place. However, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce the humidity in the kitchen.
- Whenever you use the stove, oven, or dishwasher you should run the exhaust fan or open the window. These appliances put out a lot of moisture.
- Insulate cold water pipes to reduce sweating and moisture.
- Use the air conditioner or a dehumidifier if you are running the oven for more than four hours.
- A fan can also be useful to lower the humidity and opening the doors and windows is a good idea, especially after a lot of cooking or cleaning.
Water leaks commonly cause mold. To deal with this issue you need to discover the leak, have it repaired, and try to get everything that got wet dry in 24-48 hours. Fans, dehumidifiers, and heaters can all be used to help dry up water.
Mold in the kitchen is a common problem. If you develop a schedule that keeps things clean and you work on making sure that you also get things dry then you can eliminate mold from your kitchen. You don't have to live with mold growing anywhere in your kitchen!