8 Easy Ways To Remove A Small Amount Of Mold

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Mold growth is very dangerous. Removing mold immediately is very important, especially if it is black mold, which is very toxic. Here are some easiest ways to remove a small amount of mold:

  1. Ammonia
  2. Bleach
  3. Laundry detergent can be used with water as a scrub to clean mold off of non-porous surfaces. However, be aware that this method is only cleaning the mold off the surface, not killing it.

Bleach and ammonia can kill mold efficiently if they can reach the root of the mold, which is usually only possible on nonporous surfaces such as glass and tile. When using either bleach or ammonia, make sure you have adequate skin protection and ventilation. Both products are easy to find and relatively cheap to buy. The easiest way to use them is to dilute them with water and spray them onto the mold. Also, remember NEVER mix ammonia and bleach!

For porous surfaces, there are a number of other options that can be used.

  1. Borax, use it to remove mold from tile, glass, and wood. You can make a spray by mixing 1 cup of Borax in 1 gallon of water. Spray it over the mold and then scrub the area (make sure to clean up anything that is removed by the scrubbing action.) You can also add some vinegar to make the mold removal spray even more efficient.
  2. Hydrogen peroxide, use it as a nontoxic cleaner. Spray it over the mold and let it sit for 15 minutes before wiping away. It can also be used in conjunction with vinegar.
  3. Tea tree oil, this natural fungicide is a great, environmentally friendly way to kill mold. You can dilute it 1:200 with water to make a spray or soak a cloth and wipe the mold away.
  4. Vinegar, use it as a cheap and effective mold cleaner. Spray it over the mold and let it sit for at least one hour before wiping away. To prevent mold from coming back, continue to spray the every for a few days. Note, vinegar will not work on all species of mold, so if the mold doesn’t go away, try another method.
  5. Baking soda, you can clean both porous and nonporous surfaces using the baking soda to scrub the mold off. Use a 1:1 dilution with water to make a paste that can be spread over the mold and then scrubbed away later. Baking soda can also be made into a spray with water (or water and vinegar for a foamy spray) and sprayed over the mold. To make a spray, use a 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda with 2 cups of liquid (water or water with vinegar) and mix thoroughly before spraying.

Image of black mold in a building By NordhornerII (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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  • Vale: This is very helpful! I live in a humid environment and we are always finding mold...

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