How to remove mould and mildew without using chemicals 30



View Profile

It might be summer but it’s mould season – the damp, stormy weather, combined with closed-up houses makes the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew.

If you’ve noticed your walls have been more wet than usual, and have seen dark stains around the house, it’s likely you have mould. And it’s not just unsightly to look at – mould eats into surfaces, ruins fabric and can affect our health.

An allergy to mould can develop as a result of exposure over an extended period of time and about 50 per cent of people who live in mouldy conditions will develop hay fever-like symptoms. Health conditions are made worse by mould as it can irritate your airways and aggravate asthma.

So if you’ve discovered mould in more than just the bathroom, it’s time to clean up. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals either – it’s been proven that bleach and ammonia are not effective in preventing mould.

Before you start

Sort mouldy items into non-porous (hard plastics, wood, steel), semi-porous (walls and surfaces) and super-porous (clothes, carpet, paper, furniture).

Throw out anything that is super-porous and covered in mould – it’ll be hard to restore it, unless you have your carpet professionally cleaned.

DIY mould solutions

Vinegar solution


  1. Pour a concentration of 80% vinegar to 20% water into three buckets
  2. Grab a microfibre cloth, dip it into the first bucket and clean a patch of mould
  3. Rinse the cloth in the second bucket, and rinse again in the third
  4. Repeat until all mould is cleaned off
  5. Wipe areas with dry microfibre cloth when finished

Tea tree oil


  1. Add 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to a spray bottle filled with water
  2. Spray on problem areas and do not rinse
  3. Wipe areas with dry microfibre cloth when finished

Grapefruit seed extract

If you don’t like the smell of tea tree oil, grapefruit seed is just as effective.


  1. Add 20 drops grapefruit seed extract to a spray bottle filled with water
  2. Spray on problem areas and do not rinse
  3. Wipe areas with dry microfibre cloth when finished

Bi-carb soda

You can use bi-carb with vinegar too.


  1. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of baking soda into water and spray onto surface.
  2. Let it sit, then scrub and wipe with a damp cloth.
  3. Wipe areas with dry microfibre cloth when finished


You don’t need to use an expensive vodka for this solution.


  1. Put half a cup of vodka into a spray bottle and add a little water.
  2. Spritz the vodka straight on mould and leave on.
  3. Use a rag or sponge to wipe away the mould.
  4. Wipe areas with dry microfibre cloth when finished

Of course the best solution is prevention. Here’s some tips:

  • Invest in a dehumidifier for damp areas – these can be bought from cheap stores for around $2. You’ll be amazed how much moisture they will gather.
  • Fix any leaks in a room or gaps in floor boards.
  • Let in fresh air and sunlight – open some windows even in colder months.
  • Keep clothes and other fabrics dry – don’t leave on the line all week in the rain

Originally published here

Starts at 60 Writers

The Starts at 60 writers team seek out interesting topics and write them especially for you.

  1. I use vinegar all the time and bicarbonate. Bicarb is also good for diarrhea and vomiting

  2. Apparently oil of cloves kills mould and mildew. You spray it on and leave over night and wipe it off next day.

    1 REPLY
  3. Yes, Oil of Cloves, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon in a litre of water in a spray bottle, will kill the mound spores, not just wipe the mound away. It must be left on the area for 24 hours to work.

  4. Oil of cloves works but you have to water it down also be careful to open windows the fumes are very strong.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *