How to Use Vinegar to Remove Mold Stain

Updated February 21, 2017

Molds are microorganisms that can grow on almost any moist surface. Basements, crawl spaces and damp clothing are common places where mould is found. Unfortunately, even if you scrub off the furry growth, mould can leaves stains on the surface. These stains are generally black but may also be white, orange, green or brown. There is a low-cost way of removing mould stains from clothing and hard surfaces using a simple household product.

Fill a large bucket with water and 1 cup of white vinegar.

Soak the stained clothes in the bucket for one hour.

Wash the clothes with washing powder as you normally would. This will remove the vinegar odour and any remaining traces of mould. If the stain is still present, repeat the process.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar.

Spray any mould stains around the house with vinegar and use a stiff brush to remove them.

Rinse the area with a damp wash cloth. Dry the surface thoroughly.


Remove clothes promptly from a washing machine and place them in the dryer. Allowing damp clothes to sit for long periods of time in a warm place contributes to mould growth. You can treat clothing and other fabric items such as draperies, slipcovers and mattresses with water-repellent sprays to prevent moisture build-up.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Washing powder
  • Spray bottle
  • Stiff brush
  • Washcloth
  • Towel
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Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.