How to Clean Mold and Mildew Naturally

Mold thrives in wet, warm environments. If you have a mold problem, first take care of the sources of the problem — such as repairing leaky pipes and reducing humidity and moisture — and when you find mold growth, remove it immediately. Commercial products for treating mold come with warning labels for a reason, as they often contain toxic chemicals. Choose to clean mold and mildew with natural ingredients that will do the job just as well, if not better, than commercial cleaners.

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Avoid commercial cleaning products for mold and mildew by using natural, safer ingredients.

Step 1

Fill an empty spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray the area effected with mold and mildew. Use a scrub brush or wash cloth to scrub away the mold. Repeat until the mold and mildew are gone.

Step 2

Spray the area with 3-percent hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is another substance that cleans mold well and will not harm you or the air you breathe. Scrub the area with a brush or wash cloth, working up the area rather than down.

Step 3

Add 1 tsp. of tea tree oil to every 1 cup of water used. Mix the tea tree oil and water well. Spray the area and let it stand for several hours. Wipe the area clean with a wash cloth. Repeat as often as required to completely clean the area.

Step 4

Create a solution using pine oil to kill mold. It is not as potent as tea tree oil, but it smells wonderful and makes a terrific routine cleaner for an area prone to mold and mildew. Mix 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 10 drops pine oil and 2 drops dishwashing soap in a spray bottle.

Step 5

Use borax if the other methods fail to remove the problem. Mixing 1 cup borax in 1 gallon of warm water is a harsher cleaning solution than the other methods, but it is less of a health risk than chlorine bleach. Dip a wash cloth or brush in a bucket of the borax mixture. Use it to scrub the area until it is free from mold.