Mold is something we all hate but it is a natural occurrence all around our homes. I hate pulling out the bleach to clean because the toxic fumes upset my kid’s sensitive lungs. Here is how to get rid of mold naturally without using bleach or harsh and toxic chemical cleaners around your home.
Exposure to mold can cause many health problems such as allergies, asthma and infection. Since I have allergies and my son has asthma, we are sensitive to mold.
If you’re a kind-of-natural type of mama like me, finding natural alternatives to keep your home toxic-free is probably important to you. There are times when I make a homemade product at home and I come to find mold has grown in its container.
Since natural products are free from chemical preservatives, it’s important to find ways to get rid of mold without the use of those chemical preservatives. Did you see my post about how to prevent mold growth in your homemade products?
Here are some ideas for how to get rid of mold naturally, without using chemicals and toxic products.
I am a big fan of good ole plain white vinegar. I seriously buy it by the gallon and we always have at least 4 extra gallons stored in the garage. Although the smell is strong, it certainly beats bleach and you can add essential oils to balance out the strong scent.
I use vinegar for cleaning in so many ways and I even use it to clean and sanitize my son’s nebulizer parts. I have even used it for deep cleaning breast pump parts too. Vinegar is seriously magical!
Believe it or not, vinegar is actually more effective than bleach anyways.
Here’s a before and after of my bathroom shower grout with some mold on it. I simply sprayed it down with undiluted white vinegar, let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrubbed it off with a cleaning brush.
How to Get Rid of Mold With Vinegar
As far as getting rid of mold, it is best to use vinegar undiluted. Put it in an empty spray bottle and spray areas with mold and let it sit for 30-60 minutes.
Next, scrub at the surface with a cleaning brush or cleaning sponge, whichever is safe for the surface in which you are scrubbing.
Using baking soda for natural cleaning is also one of my favorite household staples. We buy it in a big bag! If there are areas with stubborn mold, simply mix some baking soda with the vinegar to create a paste and then scrub using this mix and a cleaning brush.
You can also sprinkle baking soda on the surface and then spray it down with vinegar to soak.
Here’s a great video on YouTube from Clean My Space about cleaning mold in your home. Like me, they do not like using bleach and they are big fans of vinegar! Check it out: