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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.


  • Step 1: Seal it off Seal off the area from the rest of your home. Cover heat registers and ventilation ducts or grills.
  • TIP: Open a window, if possible, before you start cleaning.
  • 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.
  • Step 3: Apply chlorine bleach Apply the chlorine bleach and leave it on for one to two hours. Rinse the surfaces thoroughly with water.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Mold can appear in many colors, including orange, pink, blue, white, green, black, or brown.

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

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