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Removing Black Mold from Window Sills

I have a lot of condensation on my windows and where water collects in the sills, there is black mold. How should I clean this? I can't afford new windows.

By Gloria from NY

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful

Mix 1/2 bleach + 1/2 water and put in a spray bottle. Spray black mold areas and dry with a rag. I had the same problem with the windows in our house due to condensation.

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

I've read that it's dangerous to use bleach on black mold.

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

The ladies on the BBC show about cleaning use a much milder bleach solution (1 part bleach to 4-5 parts water), then dry well and wipe with a tea tree oil solution (1 drop oil to 1 cup water) to help prevent recurrence.

I think the danger of bleach on black mold is the fumes, so be sure to use a mask and some gloves.

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

I've also have read articles about it being unsafe to use chlorine bleach (even diluted with water) on mold but it is safe to use oxygen (non-chlorine) bleach!

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

With due respect to those BBC ladies and other professionals, the most recent research shows that bleach only 'bleaches' the mold so you can't see it. The spores still live which is why it 'comes back'. If you use vinegar and use it repeatedly after each use of the area, this will kill it. Replace if it's the sealant around the window and tub.

O and this works on those shower doors and shower curtains too.

I've been doing this for decades and only have a problem when we've forgotten to spray the vinegar after several uses. Since I live in the Pacific NW, I use it on my windows as part of my regular cleaning of a room.

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks everyone who's commented so far. Dee, what is the ratio of vinegar to water? Or do I spray it on undiluted? Do I have to rinse it off?

Thank you,

~gloria

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks everyone who's commented so far. Dee, what is the ratio of vinegar to water? Or do I spray it on undiluted? Do I have to rinse it off?

Thank you,

~gloria

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