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7 Sources of Mold in the Kitchen, and What To Do About Them

7 Sources of Mold in the Kitchen, and What To Do About Them

Some really unhealthy molds can grow in the kitchen, yet all of them can be stopped before they start, or cleared up and the source removed.

Outside of leaking pipes–or any sources of mold in the structure of the kitchen here are seven common sources of mold in the kitchen, a few of which you may not have considered:

This tray is easy to forget about, but boy, oh boy, what strange colored molds can grow there! It is found under the fridge-usually behind the fan grate in the front of the fridge at the bottom. Check this two or three times a year.


All sorts of mold can grow on rotting food in the garbage disposal if you don’t keep it clean. Make sure to run it at least once a day. Pour straight vinegar down into it at least once a week or so (about 3-4 cups).

Try to gauge the size of your garbage cans to be the same size as how much they hold in a day. You want to remove day-old garbage from the kitchen, to avoid mold.

Make sure to keep old food cleared out from the refrigerator. A weekly sweep of the deeper reaches of the fridge is recommended.

One of the biggest mold sources in the kitchen is the compost bucket. Make sure you can remove it every day, and be sure to keep it covered.

There is nothing worse than rotting potatoes and fruit! Make sure to check room temperature food bins frequently.

Cutting boards can grow mold quickly and easily. Wash the board once a week with straight household vinegar. Let it set for 10 minutes or so before rinsing!

Read more: Home, Household Hints

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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7:15PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Good to know, thanks

3:35PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

thank you

3:33PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:51AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Use a steam cleaner. It kills mold and bacteria without any chemicals and it takes much longer for new mold to form than it even does when you use bleach.
Get one that is hand held and has at least 1500 watts. It will pay for itself in cash you save on cleaning supplies in a year....and NO chemicals in your home!

6:43AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

9:17AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thank you

3:02AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:18PM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for these great ideas.

6:35AM PST on Dec 30, 2010

thank you kindly!

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