What household cleaners kill mold?

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What household cleaners kill mold?
Never mix bleach with ammonia. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Mold can grow practically everywhere as long as it has moisture and oxygen. It can exacerbate asthma symptoms and other respiratory problems. The Wisconsin Department of Health recommends finding out why mould grows in your home before you clean it up. Leaking water or a food source need to be dealt with to prevent future mould outbreaks. Various household cleaners can eliminate current mould and mildew.


Regular household bleach is the main ingredient in most commercial mould cleaners. Fill a 354ml or larger spray bottle half with bleach and half with water and spray it on the affected area to remove mould. However, bleach whitens fabrics and can destroy carpets, paint and furniture, so test the bleach and water mixture on a small area before fully applying it to the surface you wish to clean. Protect your skin when handling bleach by wearing gloves.

Tilex Mold and Mildrew Remover

Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover kills common household mould, mildew and bacteria. You can purchase it at most grocery stores, as well as home improvement stores. You can spray Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover on nonporous surfaces in your bathroom or kitchen to eliminate mould and mildew. Additionally, you can use it to clean mould from vinyl and plastic outdoor furniture.

Lysol Mold and Mildew Remover With Bleach

Lysol Mold and Mildew Remover with Bleach both cleans and disinfects, killing both mould and mildew. It also destroys 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. Because it contains bleach, test it on a small area before applying it to the entire surface you want to clean. Make sure the bleach does not ruin the colour of the item or surface. You can use this cleaner equally as effectively on bathroom surfaces as on kitchen surfaces.

Vinegar Spray

According to the Mold Removal Guide, vinegar can kill about 82% of mould spores. This means you may still have some mould left after cleaning with vinegar and may need to use another cleaner to safely remove all the mould. But vinegar does offer an alternative to the more toxic chemical cleaners.

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