How to clean mold from bamboo steamer
A bamboo steamer helps you to prepare healthy and delicious meals.
However, to keep it fresh and free of mold, you mush wash it properly.
It easily gets a bad odor due to moisture and stuck foods.
If you have taken all possible care and your steamer still developed mold, you should not worry; it is possible to clean it and continue using the steamer.
However, you have to catch it early enough because when left for too long, it can cause a permanent stain.
Here are some steps that you can follow clean your mold-infested bamboo steamer:
- Take your bamboo steamer outside to prevent the mold from spreading to other things in your kitchen.
- Use a piece of cloth to wipe off the mold before applying a disinfectant on the blacked areas. You can use household cleaners such as bleach, vinegar or lemon. However, do not mix bleach and ammonia, when these two are combined, they produce poisonous gas.
- For tough stains of mold apply a mixture of half cup of vinegar and quarter cup of baking soda. Vinegar and baking soda create carbon dioxide, which kills mold.
- Scrub the affected area with a soft brush
- Rinse the bamboo steam basket carefully and make sure the cleaners are completely washed away. Put the basket outside to dry or use a hairdryer to ensure it dries properly. Avoid using it until you are sure it’s no longer wet because it might lose its stability.
You should not use some products applied when cleaning bamboo furniture because they may not be safe for kitchen items.
What Are The Main Causes Of Mold In Bamboo Steamer?
One of the main causes of fungus is carbohydrates. Funguses come from airborne spores, which are present in different fruit bodies, which lead to biological degradation.
They thrive from carbohydrates such as sugar and this causes bamboo to grow mold.
Another major cause of mold is moisture. Fungi develop and flourish in humid environments.
If you leave you bamboo steamer in areas with between 40 and 80%, mold will develop fast.
Also if the temperatures are between 25°C to 35°C, it encourages fungi to grow and stain your bamboo steamer.
How to keep a bamboo steamer clean
When cleaning a bamboo steamer basket, you should not submerge it in water. You should just scrub it with a brush and warm soapy water.
Rinse it with clean water and dry it with a clean towel and leave it in an open area to dry. This will prevent the growth of mold on the basket.
Storage of the bamboo basket is also essential. After the basket is entirely dry store the lids separately in a dry but cool spot.
Avoid putting other cookware on the steamer to prevent breaking it.
Sticky foods are also known to cause mold on a bamboo steamer.
When cooking foods that are likely to stick on the bamboo steamer so you should line the steamer’s interior.
You can use cabbage leaves or lettuce if you prefer natural liners. However, parchment paper or aluminum foil can be bought in local stores.
This will prevent stick foods from sticking to the bamboo steamer, which can cause mold to your steamer.
Bamboo is easily affected by mould. If it happens to your bamboo steamer, do not use it until it’s thoroughly cleaned.
Prevent it from forming as much as you can, but if it occurs, use the steps above to clean your steamer and continue using the item in your kitchen.