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How to get rid of the mold inside my Kenmore dishwasher?

Kenmore dishwasher energy star model 587.1525 Dishwasher 3 yrs old, mold or black gunk forms along bottom of door and around the inside on the bottom of washer. wipes off easily but looks awful! never saw this problem with other dishwashers. Also just noticed mold collecting on silverware baskets.


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I see you would like to find out why and how mold got in your dishwasher. I found a question in Manage My Life under the Answers button that was similar to the one you asked. I think this question will give you some new information while your waiting on an expert answer. I attached the link below, I hope this helps!!!!
by Manage My Life
August 3rd, 2010
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Korinna Sierra
The inside of your dishwasher has everything mold needs to grow rapidly. Mold grows on decaying organic material (soap and food particles), in warm, dark, moist environments. There is a product called Dishwasher Magic that is designed to clean mold, mildew, and hard water minerals inside the dishwasher. It may be purchased at Sears, most grocery stores or on line at

Sears PartsDirect

Here are other ways to clean the mold in your dishwasher:

Remove the racks, including the silverware tray, from the dishwasher prior to removing mold and mildew. This makes it easier to reach all the corners and seals.

Wash the racks and tray in the sink with dishwashing detergent and a sponge to get rid of any mold or mildew that may have come in contact with them. Set aside to dry on clean towels.

Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar with 2 cups hot water in a large bowl or spray bottle. Spray, or apply the mixture with a sponge or rag, onto the seal, door, and walls, and anywhere else you can see mold and mildew inside the dishwasher.

crub the affected areas thoroughly with a toothbrush or scrub brush, and then rinse clean with hot water.

eplace the racks, and fill a small dishwasher-safe bowl with white vinegar and place upright in the top rack. Run a regular wash cycle on the highest heat setting available.

prinkle about 1 cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher floor, and run on the highest heat setting a second time. This will deodorize and remove any mold and mildew that the vinegar wash missed.

To prevent mold from forming on the inside of the dishwasher

If the dishwasher is not going to be used for long periods of time, make sure you wipe the moisture off of the inside of the dishwasher tub, racks and the door seal. Also you may try leaving the door slightly opened when not in use.
by Korinna Sierra Earned 16,292 community points in Kenmore
August 4th, 2010
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Manage My Life
Thanks! I will give it a try!!
by Manage My Life
August 4th, 2010
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