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How to Remove Minor Mold

Step 1

Place the moldy object(s) outdoors in direct sunlight. Drying is the most effective and important step when removing mold, as mold will remain active for as long as the moisture remains. If you have no access to sunlight, or if the object is immobile, try to dry it using an alternative source of heat. You can use an electric heater, space heater, dehumidifier or even a blow dryer for small areas of mold.

Step 2

Pour 1 part hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach into a spray bottle and dilute with water. Use 3 parts water for chlorine bleach, or 2 parts water for hydrogen peroxide. Mix well and spray over your mold. Wipe with a clean cloth. Bleach is one of the most effective chemical agents that you can use against mold. For moldy fabrics, add a cup of bleach to your regular wash (chlorine bleach for white fabrics, oxygen bleach for colored fabrics).

Step 3

Sprinkle lemon juice and salt over small areas of mold, particularly wood, paper and fabrics. Citric acid and sodium chloride provide powerful defense against mold, but make sure only to use enough lemon juice to dampen the object. When cleaning mold, always avoid applying excess moisture. Allow the salt and lemon juice to set for about 15 minutes and wipe with a damp cloth. Dry using sunlight or an alternative heat source.

Step 4

Sprinkle baking soda over objects when mold odor remains. This is particularly useful on carpets and fabrics. Allow the baking soda to remain on the object for up to an hour, then vacuum using a vacuum cleaner or vacuum cleaner hose extensions, as necessary.

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