How to Remove Mould Naturally

This guide shows how to remove mould naturally from household items such as blinds, furnishings, blankets, wallpaper and cupboards. You don’t have to stink your home out with chemicals to keep on top of this common household problem.

Mould spores are present everywhere but like to grow in moist areas that have little ventilation. Some types of mould can cause health problems for people who have allergies, asthma or weakened immune systems so it is important to keep an eye out for any mould growing in your home.
Preventing Mould
Prevention is always better than cure. In the case of mould spores there are a few things you can do to prevent their growth.
Always use an exhaust fan in the bathroom and kitchen to remove steam and moisture.Open windows to improve cross ventilation.Reconsider the use of fish tanks as they can increase the moisture level in your home.Use flued gas heaters instead of gas heaters that are not flued. Limit the use of humidifiers.  Fix water leaks quickly. If water does saturate your carpets make sure they are completely cleaned and dried or they may have to be removed.Removing Mould Naturally
It is easy to grab the latest product from the store that claims to be the best mould remover but the chemicals used can cause reactions in some people, not to mention the smell.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

Pick the Natural Product
Different products will work for different situations. See below for which product to use on walls and wallpaper, curtains, ceramic tiles, blankets, blinds, cupboards, fridge, umbrellas and books.
Apply the Product
Non-scratch sponges are less abrasive but a stiff brush can be used in some instances. It is usually best to apply the product then scrub to prevent mould spores floating through your home.
Otherwise scrub the mould outside before applying the product.
Wipe Off Clean Then Dry
Wipe off the mould and product with warm water and a soft cloth or sponge. Dry the area as best you can. If possible leave outside in the sunlight to dry as sunlight will kill mould spores.

Preventative Measures
Look for ways to reduce moisture and improve ventilation in the affected area.
Natural Mould Removal Remedies
Some of these natural mould remover remedies will work on some types of mould better than others so you may need to try a few different techniques to find what will work for your situation.

The most common natural mould removers are white vinegar, bicarb soda, salt and lemon juice. Sunlight will also help to kill mould spores. For some items scrubbing may be required.

This vinegar concentrate in a 5 gallon pail is great for home cleaning and can be diluted down so it will go further. Find it on Amazon.
Walls and Wallpaper
For washable wallpaper place straight white vinegar on a damp cloth then wipe over the paper.

For wallpaper that can’t be washed try gently rubbing talcum powder over the spores. Mould on wallpaper usually means there is moisture problems in the wall itself that will need to be addressed or the mould will come back.

For painted walls; spray straight white vinegar on the wall then wipe off with a non-scratch sponge.
Take the curtain outside then brush the mould spores off with a stiff brush. Rub over the area with half a lemon and salt. Wipe off then hang on the line to completely dry before hanging inside.
Ceramic Tiles
Outside tiles can be cleaned of mould spores by rubbing with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and kerosene.

Scrub mouldy grout with a nail brush and either Epsom Salts or Bicarb Soda then wipe off. If the mould remains try mixing the bicarb soda with a little white vinegar to form a paste then scrub.
Make a paste with salt and lemon juice then place on the affected area. Leave to dry in the sunlight. Brush the paste off then wash the blanket. Another method is to soak the affected area in vinegar for 1 hour before washing.
Wash blinds with a mix of 2 pints (1 litre) of water, ¼ cup salt and 1 tablespoon of bicarb soda. Rinse then dry. For wood blinds finish by rubbing with a little linseed oil.

For roller blinds either spray the mould with straight vinegar or wipe the vinegar on with a cloth. Scrub with a non-scratch sponge then wipe off. Leave to dry completely before rolling the blind up.
Scrub the spores with a stiff brush then rub with either straight white vinegar or spirits with a high alcohol content such as vodka. Wipe clean then dry well.
Scrub with toothpaste, wipe off then clean the area with lemon juice on a cloth to help kill any remaining spores.
Beach Umbrella
Rub the affected area with half a lemon dipped in salt then wipe off and leave to dry in the sun.
Scrub the affected area with antiseptic mouth wash then wipe off. Rub a little Vaseline into the area to rejuvenate the leather.
Gently rub books with a damp cloth that has been soaked in either white vinegar or lemon juice. It is best to try a small section first.

To prevent mould on books; ensure they are not packed too tightly together to improve air circulation, sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the bookshelf or place pieces of charcoal or silica gel around the books to soak up any moisture.

These silica gel satchels from Amazon are perfect for removing moisture from shelves and cupboards.
Stubborn MouldHow Do I Get Rid of Stubborn Mould?
If the mould persists you may need to use bleach to completely kill the spores. If affected by the fumes remember to wear a face mask and gloves. Bleach should not be used on anything that is coloured as it may stain.
Depending on how bad the mould is you may be able to dilute the bleach in water otherwise use full strength. While bleach is not natural it is cheaper than buying other mould remover products which use bleach as their active ingredient.

For more cleaning home remedies try this guide to white vinegar uses, baking soda uses or remedies for furniture scratches. You might also like this Homesteading guide.

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