Mold isn’t always bad. After all, without mold, we wouldn’t have penicillin and other antibiotics, mushrooms, or many varieties of cheese. But the mold you might find growing in your home isn’t usually the good kind. In fact, it’s often the kind that triggers respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies or even causes serious illness. Mold thrives in warm, dark, damp environments, so places like the shower, dishwasher, and washing machine can see mold growth from time to time.

While a significant mold infestation is best handled by a professional restoration company, you have a powerful weapon against occasional mold growth in your kitchen cupboard: white vinegar. This humble household staple can kill more than 80% of mold species, including hazardous black mold. In fact, it’s more effective than bleach, which only kills surface mold and can actually make matters worse. Follow along as our cleaning experts from Merry Maids® explain how to kill mold with vinegar and keep it from coming back.

Using White Distilled Vinegar to Kill Mold

White vinegar is most commonly found with 5% acidity and works best undiluted, so don’t worry about mixing it with water first. However, because it is a mild acid, avoid using vinegar on aluminum, cast iron, waxed wood, or natural stone, as it may damage or cause etching in the finish.

Before you begin, gather the supplies you’ll need:

  • White vinegar

  • Empty spray bottle

  • Baking soda

  • Scrub brush or scouring pad

  • Mask, gloves, and goggles

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