How to remove mold from a car's interior

Written by sabah karimi
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Mold or mildew build-up inside your car not only looks unattractive, but it can also be a health hazard. Mold can build up under or between seats, near the brake pedals or even on the inside of the car's roof. The best way to get rid of it is by scrubbing the area clean using a peroxide and bleach solution.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 tsp colour-safe bleach
  • 1/2 cup 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide solution
  • 2 medium-sized cleaning cloths
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Small bucket or bowl
  • Scented air freshener

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  1. 1

    Prepare your cleaning mixture. Mix the 1/2 tsp of bleach, 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 cups warm water together in a small bucket or bowl.

  2. 2

    Prepare your cleaning cloth. Dip one of the cleaning cloths in the mixture and wring it to remove excess solution.

  3. 3

    Remove the mould. Scrub the mould off the carpet using the cloth until all of the mould has been removed.

  4. 4

    Dry the area. Use the second cleaning cloth to wipe up any remaining residue or liquid.

  5. 5

    Spray the car with air freshener. Mold and mildew often leave behind an unpleasant smell. Spray the interior of your car with the air freshener to get rid of any remaining odour.

Tips and warnings

  • Keeping your car's upholstery clean will prevent damage to the fabric and will help you maintain the value of your car
  • Avoid eating and drinking in your car so that mould spores cannot develop easily
  • Make sure you clean any mould under a replacement seat cover, blankets or pillows that are on your car seats

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