What Is Best to Clean Mold & Mildew?


Mold and mildew can be found in many places in your home. Both are classified as fungi and have been linked in studies conducted at the Mayo Clinic and elsewhere as causes of asthma and other respiratory ailments. Effectively cleaning mold and mildew will not only make for a clean home but a healthy one, too.

Preventative Measures

  • Keep your home as dry as possible. Do not leave wet clothing on the floor, and install hooks in the bathroom for towels so they can dry as soon as possible. Make sure the areas that usually get wet in the kitchen and bathroom do not have pools of collected water that take hours to dry. Spray the shower with a cleaning agent after using it to prevent the growth of mold or mildew in the remaining moisture.

Chlorine Bleach

  • Chlorine bleach will kill mold and mildew on contact. Bleach also acts as a preventative, keeping it from returning for a relatively short period of time. Using straight bleach can be irritating and cause damage to any colored materials in your home. Use a 10 percent chlorine bleach solution with water to provide effective cleaning while dampening the more irritating attributes of bleach alone.

Non-Ammonia Cleaners

  • When using chlorine bleach, it is essential to remember that any other cleaners you use should be ammonia-free. Ammonia and chlorine bleach can create a caustic gas if combined. Use pine-oil based cleaners if you choose to attack the mold and mildew with multiple cleaners.

Mildew Smell Removal

  • You often can smell the presence or remnants of mildew after it has been cleaned away. To rid a room or area of the smell, use baking soda. You can sprinkle it directly onto a carpeted floor or place an open box in the refrigerator or freezer. For bathroom and/or kitchen tile, mix the baking soda with salt water and scrub the grout between the tiles.

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