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How to Get Rid of Mold

Mold can release particles that can cause headaches, irritated eyes, coughing, and wheezing. Safely remove mold from your home by using these helpful tips.


  • Step 1: Machine wash clothes Machine wash moldy clothes in hot water, adding a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  • Step 2: Replace drywall and insulation Remove and replace moldy drywall, insulation, carpeting, and ceiling tiles as soon as possible. Mold is impossible to remove from these items.
  • Step 3: Wear a filtered mask Wear a filtered mask anytime you are working in a moldy area so you do not inhale mold spores.
  • Step 4: Wash hard surfaces Scrub hard surfaces with a solution of two parts white vinegar and one part water. For tough areas, use straight vinegar.
  • Step 5: Mix equal parts bleach and water Clean mold from grout by mixing equal parts bleach and water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the grout, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse.
  • TIP: Use a stiff brush to scrub in between tiles.
  • Step 6: Use a dehumidifier Use a dehumidifier set between 30 and 60 percent in your basement to eliminate moisture, which breeds mold.
  • Step 7: Clean moldy shower mat Remove mold from your shower mat by soaking it in a solution of 1/8 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water for 3 to 4 hours.
  • FACT: Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin from a mold called Penicillium notatum.

You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Dehumidifier
  • Filtered mask
  • Stiff brush (optional)

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