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What is the best way to clean mold in the shower and around other areas, that is non-toxic. I don't want to use chlorine bleach. Thanks.
By Joanne from Fayetteville, AR
The cheapest most effective way to kill mold is vinegar. Vinegar actually kills the spores and is therefore an effective tool for mold removal. It actually kills the mold without emitting any chemicals into the air so it's a 'friendly' way to do the job. Only white fermented vinegar works on mold. Synthetic acetic acids simply don't work.
I wished I had saved it but I read recently that bleach isn't as effective of a mold killer as people think. It just bleaches away the color of it to make it look like it is gone or some such thing. Hadn't heard that before.
I have heard of using vinegar to kill mold and mildew:
Haven't tried it but have also heard that hydrogen peroxide will kill mold. You do need to keep it in the brown bottle is comes from the drug store though when storing to keep the light out.
And I would think either type would work best if allowed to sit on the area for awhile.
And of course never mix any of these things with bleach. It is always a good idea to have good ventilation in the room also even when working with something as safe as vinegar.
I assume this is for small patches of mold and not the "house consuming" kind you see on the news. That would be best left to a professional especially since there are health hazards involved.
Here is another link with a few 'recipes':
Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.