DIY Mold Remover: Get Rid of Black Mold Naturally (No Bleach!)

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Wondering how to get rid of mold naturally? Whether you have black mold in your shower or basement, on your walls, windows, ceiling or baseboards, this DIY Mold Remover is a safe and natural black mold removal cleaner that will eliminate mold health risks and symptoms without toxic bleach.

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UPDATE: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated with timely information + fresh content.

Oh no, it's back. I walked into our bathroom yesterday and noticed our shower curtain was brimming with black mold.

I say “it's back” because we dealt with black mold at our old house. One day, I went to open one of the windows in our master bedroom and I noticed lots of black spores growing all over the sill. I went to look around at the other windows and sure enough, nearly every window in that room was covered in mold.

So I did what any normal person does… I googled “how to get rid of mold”. Mostly a ton of results touting bleach came up.

And then I did what any natural living enthusiast does and I searched bleach on EWG's Cleaning Database.

It wasn't pretty–also known as Sodium Hypochlorite, bleach is a known asthmagen that is toxic to aquatic life, causes severe skin burns and eye damage, and is riddled with impurities, like chloroform and chlorine, that can cause reproductive toxicity, damage to organs, and even cancer.

And most of the products containing bleach don't just stop the poison there. Not only does Clorox not disclose their full ingredients list (RED FLAG!), but what they do admit to using in their bleach includes Sodium Polyacrylate, an environmental toxin with acrylic acid impurities that can cause skin erosion and respiratory irritation.

A marble countertop with peroxide, baking soda, tea tree oil, and a glass spray bottle on top.

So then I searched “mold” to see if there were any safer store-bought alternatives. It appears not–nearly all of the products that came up in the search results were rated a D or F by the EWG. Take a look:

So what's a girl to do? I should've known–make your own!

It's time for another DIY Natural Cleaning recipe here on Root + Revel, and I'm here to tell you that not only does this DIY Mold Remover work like gangbusters, but it's 100% safe and natural and won't cause any health problems or harm the environment. SCORE!

So here's the deal!

A glass spray bottle, tea tree oil bottle, paper towel, and a sticker with the word 'mold' on a counter.

What is Black Mold?

To fully understand how this DIY Mold Remover works, it's helpful to start at the beginning. So what is black mold?

Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum or Stachybotrys atra, can be found indoors growing on a variety of surfaces, especially things with a high cellulose content like wood, fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, lint and dust. (source)

Like its name promises, black mold is dark black in color, although sometimes it's can have a green or grey tint. It usually smells musty and mildew-like. Gross.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mold, a type of fungus, is very common in homes and buildings and can grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture. Black mold thrives in warm, moist environments, which is why it's often found in basements and bathrooms.

Black mold exposure and black mold poisoning can cause a wide range of health problems, some of which are really serious. No surprise–according to the CDC, black mold (though not toxic itself) can produce toxins that are toxic or poisonous.

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A glass spray bottle, gold spoon with baking soda, paper towel, and a sticker with the word 'mold' on a counter.

Black Mold Symptoms

There are a host of health risks associated with black mold exposure, including nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing and coughing, skin irritation, headaches, chronic fatigue, and fever. So basically allergies.

Severe reactions may occur when people are exposed to large amounts of molds over an extended period of time (which is why it's important to get rid of mold in your house as soon as you spot it). Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath, and if you already have a weakened immune system, black mold could cause chronic lung diseases like COPD and fungal infections in your lungs. (source)

The Institute of Medicine found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.

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So yeah, mold is no joke. If you spot it, get rid of it immediately.

But not just with anything–as we already discussed, bleach is not a safe solution for getting rid of mold. Likewise, mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.

Fortunately, there is a safe and natural solution to get rid of black mold, and you can make this DIY cleaner with just four ingredients you likely already have in your pantry or medicine cabinet.

Hydrogen peroxide, a toothbrush, paper towel and mold sticker on a counter.

DIY Mold Remover – How to Get of it Naturally (Without Bleach!)

After reading up on some different natural remedies for killing mold, I came up with a simple 3-step system to remove black mold naturally. You just need four ingredients (and a couple of glass spray bottles):

  • Vinegar + Tea Tree Oil: I start by combining distilled vinegar, a naturally antimicrobial substance, and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Give it a little shake and spray the mixture directly on the moldy area. Let it sit (don't touch the mold or try to scrub it away) for 30 minutes. The vinegar will kill the mold with its acid, while tea tree oil is naturally anti-fungal and one of the best natural mold killers.
  • Baking Soda: Then I take some baking soda and add it to slightly warm water in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well until the baking soda has dissolved. And then spray this mixture on top of the moldy area. Let it dry on the mold–so don't touch it for at least half an hour. In addition to killing mold, baking soda will absorb moisture to help keep mold away.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Finally, take some hydrogen peroxide, an anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial solution, and pour it into a glass. Dip a clean toothbrush into the peroxide and scrub the moldy area with the toothbrush, rinsing and dipping the toothbrush as you go.

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Plant Therapy Essential Oils lined up on a counter.

I also love Plant Therapy, whose oils are 100% pure, free from any additives, adulterants, or dilutions. Their facility is USDA Certified Organic, and their prices are also SUPER reasonable!

Next, take a clean microfiber cloth and wipe away any remaining mold and cleaning liquid. Repeat this process as needed, until all the mold has been removed. For me, it only took one time, but for more serious cases, it might require two to three rounds.

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If possible, make sure the area is well-ventilated while you're cleaning and don't stay in the room while the solutions sit on the mold. You want as little exposure to the mold as possible. You can ever wear a mask while you clean to avoid inhaling any of the mold spores.

A toothbrush in a hand over a mold sticker.

Black Mold Prevention Tips

Don't forget that after you remove the black mold, you must identify the moisture source or cause. Otherwise, the mold will just keep returning.

Here are some tips:

I will definitely be throwing away my shower curtain and replacing it with a fresh new one. If you think you can clean the area and avoid replacing it, just make sure you clean and dry the surface thoroughly, as you can still have an allergic reaction to parts of the dead mold, and mold contamination may recur if there is still a source of moisture.

Alright, that's it! This simple 3-step system should help you get rid of mold in your house naturally, no toxic bleach or harmful chemicals required.

Be sure to check out the comments on this post below, because the R+R community has shared lots of additional tips and tricks over the years that you may find helpful!

If you try this remedy, don't forget to share your results with us on social media–tag us @rootandrevel so we can see!

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A marble countertop with peroxide, baking soda, tea tree oil, and a glass spray bottle on top.
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DIY Mold Remover: Get Rid of Black Mold Naturally

Wondering how to get rid of mold naturally? Whether you have black mold in your shower or basement, on your walls, windows, ceiling or baseboards, this DIY Mold Remover is a safe and natural black mold removal cleaner that will eliminate mold health risks and symptoms without toxic bleach.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Cleaning
Servings: 1 treatment
Author: Root + Revel Collective


Step 1:

Step 2:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda

Step 3:


  • Combine vinegar and tea tree oil into a spray bottle and spray directly onto mold. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Combine water and baking soda in another spray bottle and spray directly onto mold. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a glass cup, add hydrogen peroxide. Dip a toothbrush directly into peroxide and scrub mold until it's gone. Clean the toothbrush with water when needed, and continue dipping the toothbrush into peroxide as needed.
  • Wipe down with a dry microfiber cloth to ensure all mold is gone and the surface is dry.


Once you're done removing the mold, open windows and allow fresh air to come into the area for at least 30 minutes.


DIY Mold Remover: how to get rid of black mold naturally (Without bleach)

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  1. This worked very well for a bathroom window that had been neglected for a long time. All visible staining came off after scrubbing with hydrogen peroxide on a toothbrush (step 3). I only had a teaspoon of tea tree oil so had to cut back the vinegar to 1/3 cup (step 1). I was able to sufficiently wet all the surfaces. End result was good. Thanks for the recipe and all the tips!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks so much! Had a mold emergency due to a leaking kitchen faucet this morning and couldn’t remember what to do besides NO BLEACH. As a chronic illness sufferer with more than likely previous exposure, this was my worst nightmare come true. So glad to have found you!

  3. Melissa Kelliher

    5 stars
    Thanks for this post and all your other content! It is very helpful. I was wondering if you could use this mixture to get rid of the mold in your washing machine? I’ve tried bleach on its own, vinegar on its own, etc and nothing seems to work. 

  4. Protect the area through closing all rooms for avoiding cross-contamination this could be done through using duct tape and plastic sheets. Make sure that you provide moisture to the affected surface, this will help in halting the mold spores from travelling via air. Once you remove them store them inside a plastic bag and dispose them off. Afterwards run a vacuum and clean the area with a scrub dipped in solution of ammonia and water.

  5. 2 stars
    Seems an awful lot of work considering I have pretty much an entire apartment that needs treatment. Would be easier and quicker to wear a respirator with an organic vapor filter and use bleach. Bleach, like any substance, is only toxic at toxic levels!

    1. Sorry to hear this, Andrea! It may require multiple applications depending on the amount and severity of the mold. Have you tried it more than once? I’d love to know if you found it helpful after a few more applications. Since this is a non-toxic solution, it naturally won’t be as severe as bleach.

    1. Hi, Timothy. I do all three steps. First I spray with vinegar + teatree, then I spray with water + baking soda, and finally I brush everything I sprayed with hydrogen peroxide and wipe it clean!

    2. It literally says what to do in each step, one after the other. I think this was a well written article. No mind reading necessary lol

  6. I’m getting ready to try this, can we use plastic spraying bottles instead glass? My second question is are we spraying the vinegar/tea tree oil then the baking soda on top and letting both sit together for 30 min? Or are we doing each one separate for 30 min? (Totaling 1 hr of sit time)

    1. Hi, Jay! I try not to use cheap plastic for anything since it’s toxic and I don’t like coming into contact with it, but plastic bottles that are higher quality and are at least BPA free should be OK! As for your second question, you want to spray them together and let them sit together for a total of 30 min. I hope that helps! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I really wish I would have taken before and after pictures. My 14 yo cleaned our bathroom ceiling following these directions and the transformation is phenomenal. He did use a magic eraser instead of a toothbrush with the hydrogen peroxide but it is incredible. Thank you for this. I have held off doing it, because I thought we were going to have to use bleach which really gives me breathing problems. 

  8. There are several hundreds of thousands of types of mold. Ranging from deadly toxic mold to molds we eat(IE. blue cheese). Of all those types only 6 are deadly “Black Mold.” And they luckily are not common at all. Although, many molds are black in color. And others come in a verity of colors. The range between the “6” and the ones we eat are not deadly, but they will effect our health to varying degrees. People can and do develop sensitivities to mold. And they present a multitude of different health problems. Some people are not bothered by most molds, but can become very sensitive after heavy exposure. So it’s nothing to take lightly. By the way some people can’t even tolerate blue cheese or any mold. To grow, mold needs food (organic matter), air and moisture. Moisture is really the only thing we can control. With moisture mold will start growing in three days. If you smell a musty smell right after something gets wet it already had mold from a previous event. Mold, moss, mildew, and fungus are all part of the same family.

    1. Put a zinc or copper strip of metal just partially under the ridge cap so rain will run over it and down the roof. That will kill the moss on the roof.

  9. 5 stars
    This works so great and I only had one spray bottle with a non-working sprayer. The rest of the stuff I poured on it. I will get two good spray bottles for the next time.

  10. This method works amazing!!! I had a bathroom ceiling that got moldy due to negligence and that fan not working properly. I finally attacked it with this method and about to follow up with a good mold fighting paint and primer. However paint would never have been happening if it hadn’t been for these easy to follow step by step ways without using harsh chemicals. Thanks For the help!

  11. I bet this would work for my classic pink tile shower, but we couldn’t let it sit to find out! My husband is very sensitive to scents and can’t stand the smell of bleach, which is why I tried this recipe. I had just sprayed the shower with the distilled vinegar and tea tree oil mixture and my husband insisted that I rinse it off. The scent was so strong and permeated our whole 3,000 square foot house. I wasn’t too overpowered by it, but my poor husband has banished himself outside. I triple checked my measurements before I sprayed it, so I know I didn’t overlook any directions. I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone else who has a scent-sensitive household member before trying this recipe.

    1. Both ingredients definitely have a strong smell, but I’m kind of shocked it permeated your whole house of that size. But, hopefully you can try it again when your hubs isn’t home… it’s a much better (and safer) smell than bleach!

  12. We have a shower and there is a leak coming from under the shower pan from the shower water running about 20 minutes. We are concerned about black mold under the shower pan. We can tell there is dampness on the grout line next to the outside of the shower pan after the shower has been used for awhile. There is no mold showing on the tile or the walls, but I’m concerned under the shower pan. Is there a way to kill the black mold under the shower pan?

    1. Hmm, I’m honestly not sure! I think each shower could be a little different, but I don’t know off hand how you would do it. Maybe you need a professional to check it out? Sorry and good luck!

    2. I hope you got this fixed! We had no idea our shower pan was leaking and have a massive water damage problem throughout our entire bathroom and into the master bedroom!  Our Sheetrock is 100% saturated 3 ft up our walls.  Mold was an issue too…. but there was no way we could have known!

  13. Is there an alternative to using a toothbrush for out-of-reach areas? The bathroom walls near the top and the ceiling have mold. I was thinking of using a sponge mop with a scrubber on it.

  14. Hi, does the area that needs treatment has to be dry? For example after showers can i start with the vinegar mix straight away? and continue with others. Does it work on wood door and metal door handle?
    Also do i need to use microfibre cloth to wipe or can i rinse with water? Or after treatment area has to be dry again? 
    Do i need to mix vinegar with tea tree oil or can i not using any essential oil? Will it work?
    I tried your method esp on smooth grout on my sink area but it is hard to remove it. Should i keep continue to use it and scrub it. Is there a strong natural way to scrub it? 


    1. Hi Evy: No, the area does not need to be dry. I’m not 100% sure it would work on metal, but I imagine it would. You don’t wipe throughout, you have to let it sit before going to the next stage, you only wipe at the end to ensure everything is removed and dry. Follow the recipe exactly to get the results we did–other oils don’t have the same properties as tea tree. Hope that helps and let us know how it goes!

  15. I’m excited to try this out! Has anyone had success with this recipe especially using it on a wood surface/countertop?

  16. Hi, I have a question:

    After the initial spray of distilled white vinegar (& tea tree oil) and 30-minute wait,

    1) should we make sure the first spray (of vinegar/oil) is dry before spraying the water-baking-soda-mix on top of it?
    2) or should we spray off the vinegar-oil mix-with water first and then spray water-baking-soda-mix?

    Thank you

    1. Don’t take off the vinegar or let it dry before spraying the baking soda mixture on top of it – the vinegar and baking soda need to interact for the recipe to work. You want it just to sit long enough so the vinegar can start to get absorbed first. Hope that helps!

  17. I haven’t even started the cleaning process – just had to say right off the bat that this article delivered more needed and useable information than all my other google searches combined.
    You are truly awesome and I thank you for this post – now off I go with recipe & toothbrush – i’ll return to the screen & post my results.

  18. As someone who works in the remediation business, it would be nice if people would learn the difference between mold and mildew. They are not the same thing. To call shower mildew “black mold” is being disingenuous. Unless you called and had a testing company come out, take a sample, and send it to the lab, then you are probably wrong about what it was. It would have to be a swab sample, and not an air sample, to determine whether it was indeed “black mold”. The fact that you treated it one time and it didn’t come back, really leads me to believe that it was mildew, and not mold. If you have a mold issue on the tiles on your shower, that is probably the least of your worries, and you should have a local mold testing company come out, test, get results and put together a protocol for a remediation company to come and take your shower apart and take care of it, the right way. I work mostly with people with CIRS and it can get debilitating if it isn’t nipped in the bud, with urgency.

    1. Thanks for this perspective. If we’re talking about treating mildew — that leaves stains on the painted walls and ceiling above the shower and in the bathroom — how can we treat this to 1) kill the spores, and 2) to remove the stains? Preferably NOT using bleach. I’m having trouble with removal of the staining after cleaning first with various combinations of vinegar/hydrogen peroxide/tea tree oil/baking soda. Any input greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  19. Hi and thank you. Is there something you use to prevent mold in the shower? I have pink mold. Maybe vinegar and tea tree spray with water would be helpful every day or so as a shower cleaner? Or is there something you suggest?

    1. Hi, Carolyn. This sounds similar to the issue I had with my shower curtain. Do you have a curtain or a glass door or where does the mold collect? You can buy a dehumidifier to place in the bathroom (it’s best to keep humidity levels below 50 percent), and make sure to always turn your vent fan (or exhaust fan) on when you take a shower.

      Also, if it is a curtain, throw it away and replace it with a fresh new one. If you think you can clean the area and avoid replacing it, just make sure you clean and dry the surface thoroughly, as you can still have an allergic reaction to parts of the dead mold and mold contamination may recur if there is still a source of moisture.

      This mixture will also help kill existing mold. Hope that helps!

    2. Virginia Frechette

      3 stars
      Pink mold? That would be build up from “hard” water/mineral deposits… not mold and you can wash the fabric with vinegar to remove the mineral deposits. Also if your dark colored spots are on a shower curtain that sounds more like mildew. Mold would be on grout, walls, ceilings, and window sills. You will know if your room is holding too much humidity by removibg a ling standing picture from the wall, if there is a wet mark around the frame lication on the wall then your room is too humid. Condensation is another clue that your room is too humid.

  20. 5 stars
    Kate, You said that “Regularly cleaning your home, especially damp areas prone to moisture, like the bathroom and basement, with natural anti-mold products will help prevent new mold from forming, too.”
    By this do u mean re-applying these 4 ingredients above per the recipe? Or are there other natural anti-mold products that we can apply &/or clean w/ regularly that will help prevent new mold from forming?
    TY very much f/ your reply. & TY so much f/ this recipe. Yay!

    1. Hi, Christena: No, sorry for the confusion. I mean preventing mold in the first place. This cleaning agent is used to treat existing mold. But if you don’t take the steps to prevent the mold from coming back, you’ll have to constantly deal with mold in your home, which is super unsafe. I cover techniques for keeping moisture at bay in the post. Hope that helps!

  21. 5 stars
    I’ve used something similar to this for years. It really helps. Mold is serious…my grandma had bad flooding in her basement and never took care of it properly. From inhaling that mold for years she ended up with COPD. Right now we’re dealing with our landlord who insists things like this are passed down from tenant to tenant *sigh*

  22. I very much like your recipe and wonder if you have tested for black mold after you cleaned it up? We are renovating a very old house and have now found black mold in two places. In a bathroom from an uninsulated AC duct and underneath a bathroom that clearly at one time had a bad leak. I am a bit freaked out as when you read everything online it makes mold sound very scary in that spores cling to your clothes etc. I would very much like to remediate this with your recipe. Our areas are contained and we now know the sources. Have removed old insulation and will need to treat the wood studs. I am curious if once you successfully removed it that it has stayed away? Also would very much like to know if anyone else has had success treating their wood studs? Thank you again!

    1. Hey Stacy! It’s so tough to answer this because the causes of our mold are much different. My mold did stay away after I cleaned it, but because you had moisture issues in an old house, yours may not. Though it sounds like you’ve taken the necessary steps to prevent it from returning. Please keep us updated!

  23. Any suggestions on how to clean a shower stall (not tub)?
    How do I not get the mold on my feet? To far to reach the wall standing outside the shower. And how to clean the door?

  24. I was pleasantly surprised that your recipe works great and that I can stop using bleach / tilex to clean the mold.
    Thank you!

    1. I tend not to use cheap plastic for anything since it’s toxic and I don’t like coming into contact with it, but plastic bottles that are higher quality (at least BPA free) should be OK!

  25. I have had to move more then once due to landlord neglect. I lived in one place for 21 years, which had some issues, but was tolerable, then had to move when the landlord passed away. Mold has been an issue with every apt unit I have looked at or lived in since. I have always taken pride in my home and respect my neighbors and always did repairs that I was capable of doing to keep things in tip top shape, and sadly landlords fall short when it comes to caring for their property investments. Slumlords are everywhere and have put many lives in jeopardy and some tenants have paid the ultimate price, losing their life. Slumlords are criminals and should never be allowed to own rental properties!

  26. 5 stars
    I’m posting to urge the necessity to clean mold the instant it’s noticed. I’m an avid gardener. At least I used to be. I’m too weak now & have been for quite awhile. I just recently discovered why I’ve been feeling so sick and why my heart and lungs have been acting up so bad. I have a toxic mold infestation INSIDE my body! The apartments I live in are low income so of course they are not well maintained. Both of my vent fans have been dead in the water for weeks now and still nothing. Partially because we’re never home and always gone away at medical appointments and I refuse to let anyone enter my home when I’m not home. I’ve found a heap filter face mask online for $10.99. On the same site somewhere within the range of $50 or so they have a machine that kills mold spores in the air. Which I also purchased. Unfortunately I lost the page and for the life of me I can’t seem to find it again. I wish the best of luck for anyone else looking for these things out there. I have a chest x-ray ordered. Just waiting for my husband’s day off so that he can watch my daughter for me. Being that it’s Spring break. BE ASSERTIVE. BE PROACTIVE. Don’t wind up in my shoes. But if you do… I’ve been taking aggressively both neem capsules and organic activated charcoal from coconut. Also I’ve found burdock root in bulk and I take a quarter teaspoon 3 times a day. Because of my home therapy I’m feeling so so much better but I know for certain I still need medical treatment. Plus as much prayer as anyone can throw out there. My 7 yr old is wheelchair bound and has cerebral palsy and I’m praying that she’s not inflicted with this also. She can’t speak. Everything is a guessing game with her. Hit and miss or bull’s eye. Through my illness I’m still fighting to get the ickies out of our home though. Without outside interference. Much love and many blessings to all of you and yours out there! ❤️????

    1. So sorry to hear about your troubles, Deborah. I’m glad you’re feeling better and finding solutions. Mold is a serious issue and shouldn’t be taken lightly! Best wishes for your + your daughter’s continued healing journey.

    2. My body is more fungus than me anymore I’ve been ridiculed almost bullied by the medical community. If it weren’t for my dog’s well being I’d exit this horrific nightmare!

  27. I only skimmed this, so I’m not sure if you mentioned it or not, but you might post a warning that people should not be tempted to combine your three steps into two or one, and just whack everything into a spray bottle at once.

    Vinegar, peroxide, and “rubbing” alcohol (the last of which you didn’t mention here, but which is an integral ingredient in the quasi-natural mold-killing process that I have used in the past)
    each used on their own are great,
    but when they are mixed together (in the same container, or even as individual layers on a surface in a multi-step cleaning process) in various combinations, they can intensively bubble up or even create noxious chemical fumes that can be harmful to our lungs, eyes, skin.

    Not only should people think about throwing out floor tiles and carpets after a bad mold growth, but they should throw away (as painful and expensive as it is!) any fabrics, blankets, clothing that can’t be washed in very hot water with disinfectant, any leather shoes, leather purses, leather belts, foam headphones, unwashable fabric cosmetics bags, powder-based cosmetics, books, paperwork, framed wall art, etc. etc. that had visible mold on them or that had no visible mold on them but they were stored in the same area as the mold (and remember that the mold you can SEE is not the only mold that is in the area when you have a visible mold overgrowth — it spreads out to survive and grow, and some of the colonizing patches will still be so small that they are on your stuff in the vicinity, yet invisible to your eyes).

    1. Christie Johansen

      Viola mentioned rubbing alcohol should be an added ingredient to this process. When is this applied, how much is used as, and the process ?Please let me know as soon as possible as I am eager to kill the mold in my son’s barn from a leak in the roof and the rain collected on the bottom 1\2 of several bales of hay and the plywood flooring!! I also noticed mold on the wood tables that have been stored in the same barn as the hay.

      1. Christie, I would recommend adding it as an additional step by dipping a clean cloth into the solution and dabbing the area you’d like to clean. If it needs more elbow grease, you could then use a bristle brush. I would do this either before step 1 or between steps 1 and 2. Best of luck with your son’s barn! That’s quite an undertaking!

  28. 2 stars
    This only worked for me when there was a light spot of mold. You should add to this for people to wear some sort of mask as well. Didn’t feel very well after doing this.

    1. Hi Stacy – I did actually mention in the post: “You can ever wear a mask while you clean to avoid inhaling any of the mold spores. If possible, make sure the area is well-ventilated while you’re cleaning and don’t stay in the room while the solutions sit on the mold.” So yes, you definitely don’t want to be inhaling mold and want to avoid exposure as much as possible.

      Also, it may require multiple applications depending on the amount and severity of the mold.

  29. I do not have a window so should I use a fan and what kind of face mask and spray bottle for the baking soda should I use that is affordable.

    1. Yes, making sure the area is well ventilated will be helpful and more safe, JoAnne. I link to the products I like in the post, so be sure to click through those for bottle suggestions. Thanks!

  30. 3 stars
    I’ve tried your recipe, but I’m having trouble with the spray bottles being able to spray out the baking soda and water mixture. I’ve tried three different sprayers and they all seem to clog up. Can you recommend a brand that can handle the mixture.

    1. Just a thought… do you change the heater filter regularly? We change ours monthly. Our heater is older and can not handle the newer allergy filters and the material bothers my airways. We tried it once to see if it would improve my symptoms but only magnified them due to the filter material. We order by the case from VHR RENTALS as our size was not found at local home improvement stores. Cleanup basement if heater is located there. Humidity above 50% is what environment mold thrives in. We have a 70 pint DeHumidifier in the basement. It works great and the air quality smells much better. Water damaged items… paper, old rags, water damaged rugs, cardboard boxes, musty books should be removed and or tossed. I don’t think the basement is the best place to store items. I have a mold allergy and feel very short of breathe when exposed to certain molds. Since menopause began everything I come in contact with (man made materials) vinyl products, wool sweaters, knitting fibers, new bedding etc…causes physical pains in my neck and chest. Also check all your plumbing for leaks, chimney and roof, walk around your house and make sure your gutters are clear of debris and draining far away from perimeter of house when it rains. Also check your refrigerator drip pan if it has one. Mold was found under ours when we removed the fridge to replace with a new one. After removing the fridge it disturbed the mold spores and I had bad respiratory symptoms. We had to jigsaw cut and remove the rotted wood and then I sprayed the area with hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide resolved my symptoms. I dispose MOLD! Life has become a challenge, it’s like living with a monster lurking around every corner. Stop using chemicals and pesticides from your home and get fresh air in when you can. Take care

    2. 5 stars
      I got the glass bottles recommended but I had trouble too. The bottles I’ve used for years from Lowe’s for a vinegar solution to clean rabbit cages work really well and last a long time but I got the glass ones special for this project. I think the problem is just that the baking soda settles to the bottom of the bottle.
      Even with constant shaking, I had to take the sprayer off and rinse it off in clear water then spray it with clear water to get it working again. I kept diluting the mixture b/c the baking soda never really dissolved.

      That being said, our shower looks great. I had pre-scrubbed it while waiting on my Amazon supplies of bulk tea tree oil and bottles. We have a more cement type grout and it seems to clean easier. My teenage sons bathroom is another story. Ugh. It hasn’t been cleaned in about 6 months! The tub is ancient and ugly. They had gross red and black yucky funk. I started cleaning theirs right after my son had taken a shower – not sure if that diluted the process or not. But it needs another round. And maybe another. But I did find lots of spots where there is no grout and finally years later, my husband agrees that it is time to redo this yellow 1970’s tile! Yeah!

  31. I like your tip about putting a dehumidifier in the bathroom to keep it from being too moist. I found black stuff in the bathroom that my kids use, and I’m concerned that it will make them sick. The dehumidifier is a good idea, but when it comes to getting rid of the mold, I think I’ll get a professional mold remover so I know it’s gone for good.

  32. It’s interesting that vinegar and tree oil can kill mold. I live in a humid area, and the siding of my house is covered in mold. These tips are really great, but I think I’ll have a professional service take care of my problem instead of trying to do it myself.

  33. Abigail Buckingham

    5 stars
    Thank you for raising awareness about the dangers of mold growth and providing a non-toxic remedy. I love that the ingredients are items that most of us have on hand already!

  34. 4 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! Have you experienced mold in your vents? We are in a rental and believe there’s mold in the vents and trying to figure out how to handle.

    1. Hey Kat–I haven’t experienced that yet, but definitely sounds like an issue you need to speak with your landlord about. They should definitely be protecting you from mold!

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Tips for a healthier home

Here are some eco-friendly home care tips for a healthy and green living:
  • Switch your cleaning products to eco-friendly options. You can find many of these in the grocery store and online.
  • Use sustainable materials for furniture, such as wood instead of plastic or metal. This will help create less waste and reduce the amount of natural resources that are used to produce them.
  • Choose lightbulbs with little or no mercury. These not only create less waste but also have an impact on climate change by using less electricity.
  • Plant trees around your property. Trees benefit the environment by providing shade, absorbing carbon dioxide, and purifying the air with their leaves. They also provide fuel for firewood during colder months and a habitat for wildlife. The benefits of planting trees go far beyond what you see right in front of you!

Green cleaning products

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Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products

There are many cleaning products that you can use in your home that are environmentally friendly. One of the best ways to start is by switching to eco-friendly cleaning products. Many people don’t know that there are many types of eco-friendly cleaning products on the market today, including laundry detergent and dishwasher soap. A switch to green cleaners can be a simple way to create an environmentally friendly living environment.

Safer and more environmentally friendly ways to clean your home

If you want to make your home safer and more environmentally friendly, then you can switch from using toxic cleaning products to using eco-friendly alternatives. For example, if you want to clean your toilet, then you could use vinegar instead of bleach or other harsh chemicals. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer, so it will do the job without harming the environment. You can also use baking soda as a healthy alternative to many household cleaners. Baking soda is an abrasive cleaner that breaks down dirt and grime; it’s also non-toxic, so it won’t harm people or the environment. It’s also inexpensive, so you can use it liberally without worrying about running out of supply too quickly.

Sustainable living

Most people are more aware of the environment these days and want to do their part to make it a better place. Homeowners and renters alike are doing everything from switching to environmentally friendly cleaning products, to using sustainable materials for furniture. Here are some tips for living an eco-friendly lifestyle in your home:
    • Clean with white vinegar – You can use this as a natural disinfectant that is also eco-friendly. It is also inexpensive and easy on your pipes because you won’t be putting harsh chemicals down the drain.
    • Avoid aerosol cans – Aerosol cans contain harmful chemicals that will release into the air when sprayed. Try switching to an eco-friendly product or find another way to clean.
    • Use reusable napkins – Napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, even facial tissue all come wrapped in paper (or other packaging). Reusable napkins or dish towels will give you one less thing you need to throw away every day!
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Living with less waste in your home

One of the best ways to reduce your ecological footprint is by reducing the amount of waste that your household produces. Take a look at what you’re throwing away and try to find alternatives.
For example, instead of buying disposable napkins, use cloth napkins that you can throw into the wash. If you need face wipes for removing makeup, consider making them yourself from reusable materials like cotton rounds. And if you want to stop using plastic bags, use canvas bags or have bags made from recycled material. There are many other ideas for eco-friendly alternatives in your home as well.

Sustainable materials for furniture

Did you know that the average American generates over 4 pounds of waste every day? This means that we are throwing away a lot of furniture and other items in our homes. To stop contributing to this problem, it is best to use sustainable materials for furniture. Sustainable materials are made from recycled materials which can be up-cycled into new products. Not only are these items better for the environment, but they also save money because the items will last longer.
Sustainable materials for furniture include:
      • Recycled plastic
      • MDF
      • Plywood
      • Timber reclaimed from old buildings or driftwood
      • Bamboo
      • Faux leather (made from cotton)
The pursuit of a healthy, green and sustainable home is achievable for anyone. It will require more time and effort, but the payoff will be worth it.
Start with the small things. Make a conscious effort to recycle, turn off appliances and lights when you’re not using them, and check your thermostat. It’s easy to get into a routine of living without giving it much thought, but the more you make an effort, the easier it will be to live sustainably.
After you’ve made changes in your everyday life, look for furniture that is made with sustainable materials. You can also buy an eco-friendly houseplant for your home that requires little care.
    1. Tips for a healthier home:
      • Turn off appliances and lights when you’re not using them
      • Check your thermostat
      • Make a conscious effort to recycle
    2. Green cleaning products:
      • Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products
      • Safer and more environmentally friendly ways to clean
      • Sustainable living:
      • Living with less waste in your home
      • Sustainable materials for furniture
  • Sustainable materials for furniture:
    • Consider buying furniture made with sustainable