Mold is really gross. It is actually a type of fungus that needs warmth, moisture, and a food supply to grow. All of these things are readily available in your kitchen! However, you don't have to live side by side with this yucky little fungus. Instead, you can use these methods to get rid of the mold that is in your kitchen.
They say that prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is definitely true when it comes to mold growing in the kitchen or the bathroom. There is lots that you can do to prevent mold in these common household locations. When it comes to preventing mold in the kitchen you can learn more about it in the article How To Stop Mold From Growing In Your Kitchen.
Grout and Tiles.
Every now and again it is really easy to end up with mold growing in your grout and along the edges of your tiles. These spaces are easy for missed water to sit and the mold to grow before you are even aware there is a problem. However, getting rid of it doesn't have to be difficult or even particularly harmful with chemical cleaners.
- Kill the mold. The first thing you need to do is kill the mold. To do this you soak a sponge in white vinegar or spray it down with white vinegar and then scrub it up. If you can't stand the smell of vinegar (and not all of us can) then use Listerine. It really works and it smells great too.
- Clean it up. Next you will want to put a bit of baking soda on the area and scrub the mold up.
- Whiten it up. If you need to you can make a whitening paste that will make your grout look as clean as a chemical by mixing 1 part table salt and 1 part baking soda then add white vinegar till it makes a paste. Apply the paste, allow to sit, and then clean it up. (This paste also works on carpet stains!). For even more in depth information on getting rid of mold on tiles and grout check out the article Mold Removal: Tile and Wood Floors.
Along the Edges.
Mold can grow in the seal or caulk around your sink and even around your counter tops. It is never a pleasant sight when you do notice it, but it is pretty easy to take care of. Simply spray it down with vinegar or Listerine and clean it up when you notice it. You may also want to start wiping down those areas to make sure that they don't get wet.
The fridge is a prime spot for surprising mold issues. No one is surprised when they pull out food they forgot about and it is growing mold, but there are times when the bottom shelves and drawers of the refrigerator grow mold without us noticing. Cleaning it up is important. Doing a good job of cleaning it will make it easier to avoid getting mold or avoid having it grow back right a way.
- Vinegar to the rescue. The entire fridge should be wiped out from top to bottom with a solution of 1 cup vinegar to ever gallon of water. Make sure that you get all the cracks and crevices.
- Baking soda wash. Wipe the fridge down a second time with baking soda. This will clean away any of the mold spores that were left behind and make it a harder place for mold to grow (though it won't prevent mold).
- Add a box of soda to the fridge. By placing a box of baking soda in the fridge you can help prevent mold. This isn't going to take away any chances of getting mold and spills will be particularly prone to mold growth, but it will lower the amount of moisture in the refrigerator and will make it a less inviting location for mold to grow.
Mold in the Sink Drain.
No matter how good you are at cleaning your kitchen or how you make sure you don't let mold grow in the refrigerator there is always the possibility of mold in the drain. It grows there because of moisture and food. What better home could it ask for? However, it can leave your kitchen smelling nasty and it isn't really a great thought either. So, getting rid of it and preventing it from coming back is always a good thing.
- If possible, scrub it. It really depends on the type of drain you have as to whether or not you can scrub it, but if you can take of the catch plate to your drain and scrub whatever you can reach it will be a good thing. Use dish soap and an old tooth brush. Get as much of it as you can and then return the catch plate and toss the toothbrush.
- Kill as much of it as possible. There are a few options to killing it. You can put vinegar, lemon juice, or Listerine down the drain to kill the mold. Bleach also works, but isn't as safe (see the article Why You Should Stop Using Bleach for more information). Use two or more cups to get rid of as much as possible. You can also add baking soda (to kill more of the smell) and then the liquid on top of that. If you have a garbage disposal add chopped up lemons (with peel) and ice. Chop them up and then add baking soda and vinegar. This will allow the lemons and ice to help scrub the disposal clean.
- Weekly maintenance. Mold in your drain isn't likely to go away. No matter what you do (even bleach) it is likely to keep on growing because you won't be able to get it all, there is a constant supply of food and water, and it is a warm and cozy home. So each week you should put a couple cups of vinegar, lemon juice, or Listerine down the sink to kill as much of it as possible and to avoid the population growing large.
Mold is never a good thing in the kitchen (or anywhere else for that matter). However, you can use these techniques for getting rid of mold and for making sure that it doesn't come back. These methods can be used almost everywhere in your kitchen and most are good for other areas of the house. It should be noted that more drastic measures need to be used for mold caused from water leaks or floods (see Mold: Identifying, Preventing, Cleaning, and Eliminating Mold for more information).