Mold spores surround us everywhere. The most common form of mold found in households is mildew. Mildew grows in warm, damp, places. It will frequently begin as white in color and have a powdery like texture; then it progresses into a black or brown substance with a soil-like consistency. If caught early mildew can be cleaned with household cleaners.
Where to Look for Mold
Many items and surfaces in your kitchen are susceptible to mold; mostly any items that hold moisture or food. Such as cutting boards, trash cans, and countertops.
Because bathrooms are warm and often damp, they are the ideal breeding ground for mildew. When searching your bathroom for mildew check shower mats, shower curtains, bath towels, and tile caulking.
Believe it or not, mildew can even be found outside of your home. For example, check outdoors items like plastic lawn furniture or gardening tools for possible signs of mildew growth.
What to Use to Clean Mold
There are numerous commercial cleaning products on the market that are specifically designed to treat and prevent mold. However, here are some safe, effective, and inexpensive ways to clean mildew using products found around your own home.
Use a bleach solution when treating non-porous surfaces. Mix 1 gallon of warm water with ¼ cup bleach. Use the mixture to clean mildew away from surfaces, rinse using clear water and then allow for the area to dry completely. Be sure to rinse the area you are treating thoroughly to avoid bleach exposure to others.
Combine 1 cup distilled white vinegar with ¼ cup water. Spray on the mildew, wipe away, and then rinse. Again, making sure the area has time to dry entirely.
Mix ½ cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup water. Following the same procedure as cleaning with vinegar; spray on the mildew, wipe away, rinse the area thoroughly and allow for the area to dry.
Using a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, place into a spray bottle full of water. Spray on the mold, scrub and then rinse. You can also spray the baking soda mixture on again and let it dry, without wiping it away, to prevent any further growth. Baking soda can also be sprayed on your carpets after vacuuming to rid them of odors and to prevent mildew.
Hopefully, you never come across mildew in your home, but if by chance you do try these cleaning tips and see how they work for you.