Left dirty dishes in dishwasher before month long trip, covered in mold
October 4, 2013 3:05 PM Subscribe
Ugh, I left a load of dirty dishes in my dishwasher but forgot to run the cycle before a monthlong trip. Now it's full of mold and I'm not exactly sure if it's dangerous and how to clean it up (assuming I can still use the plates).
posted by mxmm to home & garden (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I loaded up and closed my dishwasher with dirty dishes before a month long trip and it slipped my mind somehow to run it before leaving. So I came back and there's quite a bit of what looks like mold. Basically lots of fuzzy white cotton-y growths on the plates and on the bottom of the dishwasher and an awful stench. Ugh.
I know next to nothing about mold besides that some particularly types are really bad for you or even lethal and it's kind of hard to get rid of once it's taken hold. I put in a whole bunch of dish detergent and ran the machine, but is that enough to kill and neutralize the mold from the dishes (mostly stoneware) and dishwasher? Or is dishwasher detergent not enough for this?
Should I do a second cycle with something stronger? I don't have bleach but is oxyclean the same thing? I also have vinegar, can I use that and the bleach together? I see these mentioned a lot for cleaning dishwashers but usually empty dishwashers. Can I use these without ruining all my dishware and will this get my plates safe enough to eat off of? Or do I need to physically scrape the mold off?