How to Clean Mold from Bathroom Cabinets

Damp and humid, bathrooms are the perfect breeding ground for potentially dangerous mold and mildew. Learn how to get your bathroom sparkling clean and fungus-free.


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Keeping the bathroom and kitchen clean is an ongoing battle. Make it easier with the cleaning tips and tricks in these videos. You'll learn fast, easy ways to get rid of bathroom mold, hard water marks, rust stains, bathtub rings, lime scale, mildew stains, soap scum, and more. Plus, tips on how to clean a granite countertop, a toaster oven, the garbage disposal, a sink drain, chrome, grout, your microwave, shower curtains, and many other hard-to-clean household appliances and surfaces.

You Will Need

  • Protective gloves, goggles, cotton face mask
  • Sponge and a bucket
  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Stain-killing primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Mildew-resistant latex paint
  • Ventilation fan


  1. Step 1

    Seal it off

    Seal off the area from the rest of your home. Cover heat registers and ventilation ducts or grills.

  2. Open a window, if possible, before you start cleaning.

  3. Step 2

    Scrub it down

    Put on the protective gloves, face mask, and goggles. Use a sponge and bucket filled with a strong solution of trisodium phosphate and water. Scrub down the cabinets and anywhere else mold is present.

  4. Step 3

    Apply chlorine bleach

    Apply the chlorine bleach and leave it on for one to two hours. Rinse the surfaces thoroughly with water.

  5. Step 4

    Brush on primer

    Brush on a stain-killing primer and let it dry as directed. Then paint the cabinets with a mildew-resistant latex paint.

  6. Step 5

    Use prevention

    Use preventative measures to keep mold and mildew from returning. Clean your bathroom regularly and consider adding a ventilation fan ducted to the outside to remove the humidity that causes mold.

  7. Mold can appear in many colors, including orange, pink, blue, white, green, black, or brown.