Black mold will normally appear in damp, dark areas in your home. It is especially nasty as its growth rate is incredibly fast. You can clean black mold with different household products; bleach, vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, and borax.
Black mold can cause serious health risks when inhaled as can some of these cleaning products. When cleaning wear protective gloves and when finished, throw all materials away.
Where black mold is growing determines which product to use
If you have black mold growing on your wood, glass or tile you will want to use borax to remove it. If it is appearing on nonporous surfaces, make a paste with laundry detergent to scrub it off. Black mold on glass or tile can be sprayed away with ammonia mixed with water in a spray bottle. If the growth has had time to take root and it is not coming off nonporous surfaces easily with the laundry detergent, use bleach.
The other alternative that will work for getting rid of black mold is hydrogen peroxide which is a nontoxic cleaner. To use a natural fungicide, use tea tree oil and a cheap and effective mold cleaner is vinegar. For the use of ridding black mold from both porous and nonporous surfaces, you can use baking soda.
How to use the different products
If you have black mold growing on you tile, glass, wood, or other porous surfaces you can find borax at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle. It is an inexpensive and effective method to use. The area you are cleaning will have to be able to withstand excess moisture as the borax will be mixed with water and left on to prevent more spores from growing.
To begin the cleaning process, vacuum the entire area with HEPA (filers that meet HEPA guidelines are high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filtered vacuum so the spores get trapped in the vacuum and don’t travel throughout the room or house. Then mix 1 cup of the borax with a gallon of water. Use a scrub brush to dip into the borax mixture and scrub the area clean. Wipe the mold off the area, but do not rinse it. Leave the borax mixture on the surface to prevent the mold from growing back.
To clean with detergent on glass, tile, and other nonporous surfaces, you will mix the detergent with water. Mix 1 cup of detergent with a gallon of water and use a scrub brush to remove the mold. Rinse the area when you are done. Detergent solution will not kill the mold, it will only clean it off the surface.
Another product to both kill and clean the mold is ammonia. Ammonia is a toxic cleaning product so use caution if you choose this method, and use it sparingly. This method is suggested only on the toughest cases of mold found on glass and tile. It is not for use on wood or other porous surfaces. Mix 2 cups of ammonia with 2 cups of water and put this mixture in a spray bottle. Spray the solution over the mold and let it sit for about two hours, then wipe and rinse the area.
Bleach will also kill and clean black mold and works well on nonporous surfaces like tile and glass. Bleach can take color out of products so make sure the area you are treating can withstand the effects of bleach. Make sure you ventilate the room well as bleach produces toxic fumes, and wear protective gloves on your hands. Mix 1 cup of bleach with a gallon of water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. You can also use a sponge to wipe onto bleach or spray it with the bottle. Let it sit for about an hour then wipe away if you choose or letting it stand won’t hurt either.
How to clean black mold by natural methods
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural method to kill black mold. It is an effective approach to getting rid of it on all types of surfaces. This is a completely nontoxic product. Use hydrogen peroxide that is 3% and fill a spray bottle with it. Spray the black mold with the hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for about 20 minutes, then wipe the area.
Tea tree oil is another natural product which is non-toxic and can be used to kill black mold on any surface. This is a natural fungicide and works quite effectively on getting rid of black mold. Mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water and place mixture in a spray bottle. Use the spray to saturate the mold areas. You do not have to wipe this solution off as it will continue working by preventing spores from growing.
Grapefruit extract is also an all-natural product that will kill black mold and not leave behind any odor. Mix 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract with 2 cups water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Use the spray bottle to completely saturate the moldy areas. You can leave the solution on the area to prevent spores from growing again.
White vinegar can be used on areas where heavy spots of mold appear by not diluting it. Use a diluted solution for areas not as heavy. You can use vinegar on any type surface including wood and carpet. Put the vinegar into a spray bottle to apply, and saturate the area where mold is growing. Leave the solution on the area to dry and kill the mold.
Finally, another all-natural product to fight your black mold growth is baking soda. This is an effective method which can be used on all surfaces. Mix a quarter teaspoon of baking soda with 2 cups of water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Use the spray bottle to apply solution to the moldy areas and then scrub with a brush. Rinse the area after scrubbing.