Whenever you are dealing with mold you want to be able to kill as much of it as possible. In addition you need to be able to clean as much of it away before you begin to seal any of it inside of your home. To do this you must choose the mold killing cleanser that meets your needs and is right for your family.
Before You Begin.
No matter which options you choose below it is always a good idea to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to suck off as much mold as possible. This will make it easier to get rid of the mold and will make it so you are less likely to spread the mold around.
Somewhere along the way people began to think that it wasn't clean until it had been bleached. However, there are many different reasons to avoid using bleach (see the article Why You Should Stop Using Bleach). None the less, this product does have the ability to kill and clean mold when used correctly.
- Bleach can only be used on hard and non-porous materials. It is great for getting mold off of the bath tub and even your tiles, but shouldn't be used on walls, wood, or other surfaces that have mold growing in them as well as on them.
- Bleach is also not effective when used in high concentrations. Often people use 1/2 strength bleach and whole strength bleach when trying to kill mold. However, you should instead use 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water for the best mold killing results.
Another house hold cleaner that is often used for mold clean up is ammonia. This product also cleans mold from hard and non-porous surfaces. It is important to note that you should never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia or ammonia based cleaners together, because this creates mustard gas (such as that which was used in World War II).
- Use a 1 part water and 1 part ammonia solution in a spray bottle.
- Leave it there for a couple of hours to kill the mold before cleaning the mold away.
Most people aren't thrilled with the smell of vinegar, but this used to be a staple cleaning supply used in many homes. There was a reason for it. It works! It kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and most types of mold!
- Use full strength vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray molds generously and clean off. In most cases that is as simple as it gets.
- The vinegar smell will go away in a few hours.
- You can also prevent mold from growing on a surface by spraying it down and leaving it there. This can be very effective at keeping mold from growing in the shower area.
- You should leave this product on the mold for awhile. It is recommended that you wait at least 10 minutes, but an hour would be your best bet.
Another natural cleaning supply that most of us don't use any more is borax. This is a great anti-fungal and is also safe for the entire family. It does a great job cleaning mold and it is simple to use.
- Mix one cup of borax to one gallon of water to create a solution that will kill and clean mold.
- Moisten the area with the solution. Then use a scrub brush to scrub it clean.
- Use a sponge to wipe up all the debris to make sure the spores don't become airbourne after they dry.
- Leave the surface to dry. You don't have to worry about rinsing it off and it will help prevent mold in the future.
Everyone knows about hydrogen peroxide, but few realize that this great tool is an anti-fungal that can be used to clean the house as well as an anti-bacterial that can clean wounds. There are two things you need to know before you go wild with the hydrogen peroxide. First, it bleaches, so you should test surfaces before you apply. Second is that it is already in solution of about 3% and shouldn't be watered down.
- Put it in a spray bottle and spray the area down. Be generous, but don't use on the carpet or such.
- Make sure that you thoroughly wet the area with the hydrogen peroxide and then wait 10 to 20 minutes for it to become effective.
- Using a brush or scrub type sponge, scrub the area clean and then wipe clean.
- It is also a good idea to spray it down and let it dry to stop future mold problems.
In addition to vinegar, borax, and hydrogen peroxide, baking soda will kill mold as well. It is easy to use and you don't have to worry about harsh chemicals.
- Mix 1 tablespoon into a spray bottle of water. Shake well to dissolve.
- Spray the baking soda solution on the mold until it is thoroughly moist.
- Scrub clean and rinse to remove any loose mold spores that are left behind from scrubbing.
- Spray on after you have cleaned the mold up and let it dry.
Essential oils are natural natural extracts from plants. Both tea tree oil and grapeseed extract are excellent natural mold killers. They are a bit expensive, but they are excellent at getting the job done.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of the essential oil of your choice with 1 cup of water. Add to a spray bottle (mix more if needed).
- Spray it down thoroughly to make it wet.
- Scrub clean making sure all mold is gotten up.
- Spray it to let it dry on the surface of the problem area.
Using Dish Soap.
Many people will recommend that you use dish soap to clean up the mess. If you do it right this can go far in helping you clean up the mold. It should be noted that dish soap doesn't kill mold so it should never be left on its own and dish soap creates toxic gases when mixed with chlorine bleach so you should not mix the two. To use dish soap effectively follow this plan.
- Spray the area with the mold killer of your choice (with the exception of bleach).
- Use hot soapy water to scrub it clean and make sure that the mold is all gone. You don't want to leave any debris, dirt, dust, or particles behind because these can become airborne later on.
- Spray down with an anti-fungal that will dry there and make sure that mold doesn't grow on there.
Mixing Them Together.
You shouldn't mix the different mold killers in one container. However, using more than one can be the best option for getting rid of your problem for good (provided that you have taken care of the moisture or water that caused the problem in the first place). here are a few good ideas.
- Moisten the mold with vinegar, wash it with dish soap water, and finish by spraying it down with baking soda.
- Start the process with baking soda solution, wash it with hot soapy water, and spray it with tea tree oil solution at the end of it.
- Spray it down with grapeseed oil extract, scrub it with soapy water, and finish it with baking soda solution.
There are many products designed to get rid of mold in one easy step. These products work well. They aren't your only choice, but they are quick and effective.
It is important that you choose the cleanser that works for you and your family. You can choose natural or go with a chemical or an all in one cleaning solution. These things will get the job done well for you!