Mold in Microwave
May 2, 2007 10:06 PM Subscribe
I just found some mold growing in the corner of my microwave.
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not a very dirty person so I was quite surprised to see some dark-dark-grey mold growing inside my microwave after I heated up a snack. I'm a little grossed out by it, too, but I quickly cleaned it up as best I could.
1. I cleaned it out with 409 because I wasn't sure if bleach was safe for a microwave's interior. Now that I think about it, I wonder if using any chemical inside a microwave is a bad idea. I re-wiped everything with a water-soaked towel, but should I be worrying about fumes or residue that I missed? I'm leaving the door open for now but I don't know how long I really need to do that. I usually just wipe my microwave down with a damp towel...when I clean it, that is. It's obviously been a while since I last cleaned it, and I'm a little embarassed that I only NOW just noticed the mold. :(
2. The mold looked like it had been there for a while (ugh), but I've been microwaving food quite often and eating it and I seem to be fine. So far. But I'm curious now...how hazardous is it to microwave food in an oven that has mold in it? Does microwaving the mold make it grow an extra eye or otherwise mutate into something dangerous? Could the spores have flown around and settled on my food while it cooked? (Or could the microwaves have actually killed the mold? I don't really know much about mold's resilience...)
3. I still see some dark stuff in the crevice where two of the microwave's walls meet. I don't think I'll be able to clean it out. If there is still a trace of mold left in there, and if my concerns in question 2 are legit, do I need to worry about this small bit re-growing? I will replace the microwave in a heartbeat if this mold situation poses a threat to my health, but money is tight right now and if I can safely continue to use this microwave, I will.