Create a Clean Landing Pad
While we’re all very grateful for the dishwasher’s popularity in modern kitchens, we know there are certain high-maintenance items that must always be washed by hand. In those cases, or after hosting a dinner party, when the dishwasher is maxed out, a dish draining rack is very useful, allowing you to carefully clean special items and let them dry quickly and safely. Of course, if not cared for correctly, this device can harbor stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew, so don’t forget to keep that clean as well.
After each use, pour out and wipe up any puddles of water that may have formed with a clean, dry cloth. Separate any detachable parts of the dish rack (such as the utensil holder or drip tray) and wash each part with dish detergent and a clean cloth or sponge in hot running water. Pay special attention to the ribs or the dish rack, scrubbing carefully in each one. Try not to miss a single area, since mold and mildew will benefit from the lack of attention. Use a cotton swab to get into the corners or crevices that you can’t reach with a cloth or sponge. To sanitize the rack, fill the sink with water and a tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water, soak all parts for two minutes, then remove and let dry completely on a clean, dry cloth.
An even better line of defense would be to use a dish drainer that has been made with built-in antimicrobial technology. This antimicrobial technology is built into the product and cannot wash off or wear away with use. Most importantly, it helps provide an inhospitable environment for stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew, keeping your dish drainer cleaner, longer.