Although bleach is commonly used to kill mold, safer alternatives exist. Try these.
- Vinegar: Killing an impressive 82% of mold, 99% of bacteria and 80% of viruses, undiluted white vinegar is a highly effective cleaner. Spray undiluted vinegar onto a surface and leave it for several hours before scrubbing with a brush. To prevent mold growth on moist areas such as shower curtains, spray the area with vinegar and allow it to dry.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: If you don’t like the smell of vinegar or don’t have hours to spare, spray hydrogen peroxide on the surface to be cleaned and leave for 10 minutes before scrubbing. For an extra boost, spray on vinegar in addition from a separate spray bottle.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract: While effective at killing mold and deodorizing, grapefruit seed extract is a pricier option compared with peroxide or vinegar. Place 10 drops of extract per cup of water in a spray bottle, and shake well before using. Spray and wait before wiping surface, or leave the solution on the surface without wiping.