Does Lysol Kill Mold Spores?

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Mold is a type of fungus that decays organic matter. Its spores float through the air until they find a place that has enough nutrients and water to support their life. They then land and reproduce exponentially to create visible growth. If you let this grow out of control, it will eventually begin to decay items in or around your home. Lysol is a brand of disinfectant that makes a cleaning solution that will kill mold and mildew spores.

Lysol Effectiveness

Lysol makes a mold and mildew remover that contains bleach. This solution will kill both mold and mildew upon contact. However, it is impossible to remove mold from areas where the mold has begun to visibly decay the item. In these cases the mold spores have embedded into the item where you will not be able to remove them. This is not a problem if you catch mold growth early.

Using Lysol

To kill mold, spray Lysol directly onto the mold growth until it is completely soaked. Let it sit on the area for 30 seconds. Scrub the area to remove the mold's grip on the surface. Wipe up the mold spores and the rest of the Lysol with a clean cloth. Rinse the area well with clean water and dry it completely. Drying will help discourage mold from growing back.

Safety Precautions

Lysol contains bleach, which can harm your lungs, eyes and skin. Wear gloves to protect your skin from being irritated or from drying out. Put on goggles to make sure the Lysol doesn't get into your eyes. Goggles will also protect your eyes from the high concentration of mold spores, which can cause irritation for some people. Ventilate the room while working. If you are not able to, wear a respirator or a dust mask while working.

Preventing Mold

Prevent mold from growing in the first place by controlling the moisture content in your home. This might mean installing a better ventilation system or using your bathroom fan more often. If you live in a humid climate, you might have to install a dehumidifier to lower the home's relative humidity.

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Kaye Wagner

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.