How to Clean Mold in Drawers

Mold appears inside of drawers due to the presence of moisture inside the closed unit for a long period of time. The mold can transfer onto food and/or clothing items, and also make you feel unwell, especially if you are allergic to mold. Certain remedies, such as bleach, stain drawers and also irritate the skin and eyes. A homemade mold remedy that contains two items commonly found inside homes eliminates both spots and odors caused by mold without damaging the drawer.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Soft-bristled scrubbing brush
  • Soft cloth

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Remove all of the items from the drawer. Pull the drawer out from the unit.

Sprinkle baking soda over the mold-covered part of the drawer. The amount of baking soda needed varies per the amount of mold inside the drawer. The baking soda soaks up any leftover moisture that causes mold.

Wait 30 minutes. Then, sprinkle baking soda into the drawer again.

Pour or spray white vinegar into the drawer. Wait until the reaction created by the vinegar mixing with the baking soda subsides.

Scrub the drawer with the brush.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 as needed, until you no longer see any mold spots.

Wipe the drawer dry with a soft cloth.

Place an open box of baking soda into the drawer overnight to absorb any leftover moisture and odors.


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