Many products found in the home kill mold on contact. And while it’s essential to schedule mold removal services for your Orange County home for any infestation over 10 square feet, DIY methods work for small mold deposits. Always wear rubber gloves, goggles, and a mask while dealing with a small infestation to avoid inhaling mold spores, and use any of these products for effective results.
Distilled White Vinegar
The clear, inexpensive, nontoxic liquid immediately kills mold minus the harsh chemicals due to its acid content. It breaks down mold structures to prevent mold from spreading. If mold stains remain after killing the fungi with the all-purpose household cleaner, apply a second product. Scrubbing with baking soda is often enough to remove stains.
Baking Soda & Borax
Not only does baking soda work with white vinegar to create an effective mold-removing cleanser, it also complements borax. Both baking soda and borax feature high pH levels that make it challenging for mold to survive or multiply. Like baking soda and vinegar, borax is non-toxic and therefore will not harm indoor air quality. Since borax eliminates stains but is not as effective at cleaning and sanitizing on its own, it benefits from a baking soda addition.
Add equal parts of both products and a little water to make a paste. You can also mix white vinegar with the powders to create an even more powerful cleaner.
A chemical mold remover, chlorine bleach destroys mold and prevents related discoloration. Since it is a harsh product, always dilute bleach with water before use. Open windows as well to promote air circulation since inhaling household bleach can make you cough and even burn esophagus and lung linings to cause breathing difficulties. Never combine bleach with ammonia to kill mold or do any other cleaning because the combined fumes can have fatal results.
A 3% to 10% hydrogen peroxide solution destroys mold and prevents staining. However, since peroxide can bleach assorted surfaces, it is best to do a “test run” on an inconspicuous part of the affected area first. As with baking soda, vinegar, and borax, hydrogen peroxide is a non-toxic cleaner.