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Mold in lid of pump-style salad spinner?

hungry_united Mar 22, 2011 06:11 AM

I have an Oxo pump-style salad spinner -- it's made of plastic and I've probably had it for almost a decade. It still works perfectly. The only problem is that what looks to be black mold seems to be growing between the two pieces of plastic in the lid... I can also see more black stuff inside the round piece that protrudes inside the lid where the pump mechanism is. I'm not sure if it's mold or just dirt (but I think it's probably mold since it looks a lot like the little black specks of mold that sometimes grow on the plastic lid of our Brita water pitcher)... I'd like to clean it, but I can't get to it. Has anyone had success in taking apart the lid of this kind of salad spinner? Would soaking the whole thing in a pan of bleach be a bad idea? Or should I just suck it up and buy a new one?
Any advice would be much appreciated!

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    E_M Mar 22, 2011 08:58 AM

    I think it may be mildew. I believe mildew is black, while mold, a live culture, is green. I also think bleach will get rid of mildew, but it will not kill mold spores. Having said that, I would try to scrub it off first with a cotton ball on a hanger end or wire, Q tip, or something of that nature, before trying the bleach.

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    1. re: E_M
      kaleokahu Mar 22, 2011 10:34 AM

      Agree it's likely mildew. Soak in 10% bleach solution.

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        scubadoo97 Mar 23, 2011 07:53 PM

        Isn't mildew a type of mold or fungus?

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          E_M Mar 24, 2011 03:47 AM

          Yes, but they are different. Mildew grows on damp surfaces; mold grows on organic surfaces. If there was food that got trapped in the spinner, mold could grow on that. But if the black stuff is forming in a damp crevice, then it's likely mildew.

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          milomy Jul 2, 2013 06:09 PM

          Thanks!! very helpful!

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          Maryelle Mar 22, 2011 11:29 PM

          I have actually put the top and bottom of my salad spinner in the dishwasher with no problems.
          I do, however, avoid putting them directly over the drying elements.

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            masha Apr 10, 2011 09:01 AM

            Same here. Not everytime I use them but occasionally when there is a lot of room in the top shelf, I put all 3 pieces of mine -- 2 bottom parts (a colander like inner bottom that goes inside a solid outer bottom), and the lid in. I've got the pull string type.

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            Miss Priss Mar 23, 2011 01:00 PM

            In answer to one of your questions: The lid does come apart. Mine's not available right now for examination, so this description is on the vague side, but I think if you turn the lid over and look at the conical element that houses the plunger, you'll find two spots along the base of the cone that you can press in to release the two pieces from each other.

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              hungry_united Apr 10, 2011 06:26 AM

              I tried to take apart the lid but couldn't find any way to do it without snapping the pieces of plastic that keep the two parts together. Finally decided to email OXO and get some answers...
              Apparently in my older model (the bowl is clear and the lid is black and white), the lid does not separate for cleaning. They have a newer version (she said it has a clear lid) that comes apart for cleaning. They're sending me a free replacement lid for my model (hooray for "satisfaction guaranteed" policies!) and offered to send me a discount code for use on their website if I decide I would like to buy the newer model. We were able to get some mildew off with the weak bleach solution, but not everything, so we're very happy to be getting a new lid!

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                Miss Priss Apr 10, 2011 07:52 AM

                That's impressive customer service. Glad it all worked out so well!

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