How Long Does it Take for Mold to Grow on White Bread?

Updated February 16, 2017

Soft, moist white bread is a prime target for mould growth. The green, odorous slime begins as small spots on the outside surfaces of bread, but quickly spreads, covering the entire loaf.


Mold is a fungus like mushrooms, according to Experiment Resources website. It feeds on organic materials, such as bread, food and plant matter. Bread mould is usually green and may cause infections, especially in those with respiratory illnesses or compromised immune systems, advises Mad Science website.


Bread mould thrives in warm, moist conditions. It is slower growing in the refrigerator. Breads with a low water content grow mould more slowly than moist breads. Most commercial bakeries include mould inhibitors, such as calcium propionate, in their breads. Homemade or organic breads mould more quickly because they lack chemical additives.

Time Frame

Mold grows on white bread within two to seven days, depending on the environmental conditions and ingredients of the bread. Bread is best used immediately or frozen.

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