4 Non-Toxic Ways to Clean Mold

4 Nontoxic Ways to Clean MoldWarm, dark, humid places make the best homes for mold. Because they’re in constant contact with moisture, your kitchen, basement and bathroom are all especially homey places for mold to settle down and grow.

Under the right conditions, mold can grow fast. Like 24–48 hours fast. So you might have mold growth you’re not even aware of.

The problem here is that untreated mold growth can cause all kinds of respiratory illness and may even be the cause of your year-round allergies. That’s why it’s important to kill mold at first sight.

While a lot of people will suggest a hefty dose of bleach, a lot of us are becoming more conscious about the chemicals we bring into our homes. We don’t want to replace one kind of hazard for another.

That’s why we’re going to share — nontoxic, people and environment friendly ways to kill mold.

1. Hydrogen Peroxide

Anti-fungal. Anti-viral. Anti-bacterial. Anti-all-the-right-things, hydrogen peroxide will effectively eliminate mold on a variety of surfaces including kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, floors and walls.

To kill mold, grab 3% concentration hydrogen peroxide and pour some into a spray bottle. Completely saturate the moldy surface and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. When you’re done waiting, scrub the entire area to remove the mold and the mold stains. Wipe down the surface to remove any residual mold or spores.

If it will make you feel better, spray the surface a second time and follow the same process to really show that mold who’s boss.

 2. Vinegar

Vinegar is actually a mild acid — hence why it gives some people acid reflux after they eat dishes containing it — that can kill around 82% of mold species. Depending on the type of mold, baking soda can often be used in conjunction with vinegar for a powerful mold eliminator

Pour distilled white vinegar into a spray bottle. Do not dilute it with water. Spray down the moldy surface with your full-strength vinegar and let it sit for at least an hour. Scrub if you need to and then wipe the area down with clean water. Allow the surface to dry.

The vinegar smell will dissipate within a few hours, but if you want to hurry things along, open the windows and set a fan out to help the air circulate.

3. Baking Soda

A mild, white mineral powder, baking soda is a safe way to kill mold when you have children and pets. It also absorbs moisture, which means it will help prevent mold growth in the future. (That’s part of the reason why we leave an open box in our refrigerators.)

Fill your spray bottle with water and add a quarter tablespoon of baking soda and shake until it’s been dissolved. Spray the moldy area with the solution and use a sponge or scrub brush to remove visible mold from the surface, then rinse with water.

Spray the area with the solution one more time and let it air dry. This will kill any remaining mold or spores and prevent the mold from returning.

4. Tea Tree Oil

While tea tree oil is a little more expensive than the previous options, it’s also one of the most effective natural mold and mildew eliminators. Use it on a leaky ceiling, musty rug or chest of drawers or a moldy shower curtain.

Mix two teaspoons tea tree oil with two cups water in a spray bottle, shake until blended and spray on the moldy surface. Scrub any growth away and do not rinse. A little oil will go a very long way. The scent is strong, but will dissipate in a day or two.

These nontoxic alternatives to chemical based cleaners are safe to use around your family, safe for the environment, easily found in your local store, super inexpensive and, most importantly, effective at removing mold from your home.

Keep in mind that if you have black mold or an excessive amount of mold, these cleaners may not be powerful enough to eliminate your problem. In those circumstances, consider hiring a professional service to help you.

Have you tried removing mold with any of these nontoxic cleaners? Tell us how they worked for you in the comments!

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