Out of all the rooms in your house which is the most prone to moisture?

There are a variety of possible answers, but the kitchen is especially prone to dampness and moisture, due to kitchen sinks, refrigerators, and other sources of moisture.

Having proper ventilation coupled with a reliable dehumidifier will prevent moisture from damaging food and furnishings. The sink, pantry, and cooking area(s) should always have proper humidity prevention. Otherwise, wood and metal furnishings can rot or rust from the effect of excessive moisture and lead to potential mold in your kitchen cabinets.

Humidity management is a critically important part of keeping a kitchen area safe for your family.

The Dangers of Humidity in the Kitchen

woman reacting to odor due to mold in kitchen cabinets

Excessive humidity can cause a buildup of moisture in your pantry or anywhere else in your home for that matter. Excessive moisture can also lead to mold in kitchen cabinets, potential health problems, and many environmental issues. You should avoid these problems by controlling humidity levels in areas that are more susceptible to moisture buildup.

The most important targets?

  • The pantry
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Bathroom cabinets
  • And under the sink

 

mold in kitchen cabinets left in a petri dish
In general, any mold growth is gross and unhealthy. (Don’t forget to check for humidity under the kitchen sink)

How to Reduce Humidity in the Kitchen

A dehumidifier in your kitchen pantry can effectively reduce dampness to a level where mold and mildew cannot grow. So if you have a lot of moisture in your kitchen cabinets consider a dehumidifier. Thus, you prevent the musty and irritating odor they produce.

Disposable and/or compact renewable dehumidifiers can be used in these areas to combat moisture. Eva-Dry dehumidifiers use odorless, non-toxic components to free your kitchen from excessive moisture. You can also use them anywhere in and around your kitchen, cabinets, and pantry. If you want to learn how to properly use your dehumidifier, we wrote this quick guide just for you!

Water tends to run in and out of kitchen sinks on a regular basis. This creates a risk of moisture building underneath the kitchen cabinet.

With enough moisture, it will lead to mold or mildew, or fungus.

Location, location, location

Where you live is an important factor in how humid your house is. Most homes in the southern US have a humidity over 50-60%, well above the recommended 30% to prevent mold and bacteria growth in the home.

Kitchens and bathrooms tend to have even higher humidity levels than the rest of the home, thanks to access to running water and the refrigerator. Yes, your refrigerator is affecting the moisture in your kitchen. We often don’t get to see the backside of our fridge, but the coolant system keeping everything cold produces a small amount of moisture that spreads through the room.

 

Dirty dishes in the sink driving up kitchen humidity
You can find out what your kitchen’s humidity level is by using a hygrometer like this one.

 

Small places with less area like a pantry and your kitchen cabinets also tend to trap moisture in the area, speeding up spoilage. This is why pantries were traditionally in the basement. Older homes would have a cool, dry place where you could safely store your fruit without them turning rotten faster.

If your pantry, fridge, and sink are close together, you’re sucking the life out of your food.

Moisture and Mold in Kitchen Cabinets and Pantry

 

Eva-Dry E-250 pantry dehumidifier
The powerful–but tiny— E-250 pantry dehumidifier

 

You need a way to address potential issues with moisture and mold in the kitchen cabinets.

The E-250 from Eva-Dry assists in preventing mold, mildew, and moisture to promote a safe and fresh kitchen area. The E-150 is also an ideal dehumidifier for kitchen cupboards, due to its size.

These new disposable systems, packaged in easy-to-use, recyclable materials utilize built-in moisture pockets. The E-250 conveniently plugs in locations (for areas up to 250 cubic feet) to absorb excess moisture while saving space.

The system absorbs moisture up to 200% of its own weight and lasts up to 45 days. When the moisture pockets solidify and become firm, simply discard the system and replace with another system. Eva-Dry warrants that this moisture absorption system has a maximum shelf life of 18 months from production date provided the poly wrap on the cartons is unbroken and that the cartons have been stored in a clean, dry environment.

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