Cleaning mold and mildew may not seem like an exciting topic for most, but if you’ve spent way too much time cleaning mildew in your shower this post is for you. For the most part I prefer to use natural cleaners in my home so today I’m sharing 3 Non-toxic Ways to Remove Stubborn Mold and Mildew in your home.
Vinegar and Essential Oils:
- Distilled white vinegar is a mild acid and is believed to be 80% effective at destroying mold and mildew. To use as a cleaner: pour the vinegar into a spray bottle with a couple drops of lemon essential oils (pick your favorite scent). Spray the vinegar onto the mildew and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub clean with a coarse scrubbing sponge. The downside to this cleaner is the strong vinegar smell, but I love how effective it is.
- Maybe you need a stronger cleaner for mildew in grout? You need something that will really scrub it away. Baking soda is mildly abrasive and is ideal for scrubbing stubborn mildew. To create a scrub: mix a small amount of water with some baking soda to create a paste. Rub the paste into the stubborn mildew area and scrub with a brush. Wash away with water. I love this cleaner because it has no strong fumes, it’s non-toxic, and is safe for the environment.
- Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral solution and is great to use for mold and mildew removal. To use pour the hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and completely saturate the mold or mildew surface. Let that sit for 15 minutes and scrub the the surface down. Wipe clean.
Although bleach is a more powerful disinfectant it is nice to have a few natural cleaning options to choose from, plus all of the ideas I shared above are budget friendly.
PLEASE NOTE: from what I’ve read you should NEVER mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar together. It can create an acid that can cause skin and/or respiratory irritation.
I hope you enjoyed my 3 Non-toxic Ways to Remove Stubborn Mold and Mildew. Do you have your own recipe for removing mildew? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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