The Best Products for Killing Mold

Posted by on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 9:01pm.

While you've probably been doing your best to keep mold at bay after the recent Calgary flooding, you may be seeing some signs of it turning up even where it's least expected. There are different products that you can use to kill mold and some will be more applicable in certain cases than others.

Here are some of the most common types of mold-killing products that work well:

  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Vinegar
  • Borax
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Tea tree oil
More about bleach

Bleach is a great mold killer and can just about eradicate every type of mold species in the home and its spores. Once you have used bleach on the mold the surface will be more resistant to the future growth of mold and the surface will be sanitized. Bleach should only be used on materials that are non-porous like countertops, bathtubs, glass and tiles. It's not able to penetrate into materials that are porous and therefore unable to kill the spores below or behind a surface. While it will appear that the mold is being killed at the surface level, the roots haven't been touched and the mold will grow back shortly. Ammonia also kills mold but can only be used on non-porous surfaces.

Environmentally-friendly alternatives

Two of the best mold killers are tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract. While these may seem more costly, you don't need to use a lot of the product to see fantastic results.

Both of these non-toxic solutions can be mixed with water in a spray bottle and applied to both porous and non-porous surfaces. You won't have to rinse away the solution afterwords and you'll find that your home is left with a fresh clean scent; which is something you definitely won't experience if you're using bleach or ammonia.

Tried-and-true - Vinegar and baking soda

You can mix these ingredients together or use them separately to help kill mold around the home. Hydrogen peroxide also works well but it can often fade material. You'll want to do a test run with it first, especially if you are using it on upholstered fabrics or clothing.

Borax is another non-toxic solution that can also be mixed with water and used in spray form. Although Borax is toxic if swallowed, there are no dangerous fumes or chemicals emitted from it when used this way. It's also a great product to combat insects and fungi around the home.

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