The Truth About Mold Removal – Bleach vs. Vinegar
For some of you it may surprise you to learn that using bleach as an effective mold killer is a myth. Why would it not kill mold? It sure smells strong enough to kill anything, however, the real facts are that using bleach on any porous surfaces (i.e; drywall, wood etc) only takes away the discoloration, not the mold itself.
Mold is the name of a giant family of microorganisms and it can be found every where, inside and outside & especially in your home! Mold enjoys dark moist areas (i.e; under your kitchen sink) and loves living in the same temperatures we enjoy (between 68-86 degrees) However, it seems no matter the conditions mold grows where it is least wanted. On your walls, under your carpet and in your cabinets.
How to kill mold the EFFECTIVE way:
bleach will not kill the mold entirely. Molds have roots (hyphae) and bleach’s ion structure stops chlorine from penetrating porous materials, therefore when you spray all the chemicals are going to stay on top of your surface while the water part of the solution just soaks through. The EPA quotes “the use of chlorine bleach is not recommended as a routine practice for mold clean up”
So what works? It may surprise you to know that the most effective way to remove mold is most likely in your pantry..it’s vinegar! Straight vinegar kills about 82 percent of mold spores and also prevents future mold if you spray it on the surface and allow it to dry.
Although the smell of vinegar is not ideal, the scent will dissipate after awhile. Some prefer to mix essential oils in with their vinegar spray, tea tree oil and grapefruit extract are great choices when it comes to removing mold.
After all the hard work removing mold, how can I prevent it?
Be vigilant!! be aware of leaking pipes in your home, wipe your wet floors and walls after showers (dehumidifiers work excellent), clean up immediately after spills and clean with vinegar often!