Homemade Mildew Cleaner

We all have to deal with mildew of some sort in the bathroom. Instead of using a commercial product that contains plenty of harsh chemicals that aren’t good for your lungs, they one of these two homemade mildew cleaners instead. As an added bonus they are also a lot less expensive than the stuff you buy at the store

Homemade Mildew Cleaner #1 – Vinegar Based

Mix equal parts of plain white vinegar and water and fill it into a clean spray bottle. Spray it on bathroom appliances, shower curtains, tiles etc.

Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe the counters etc. with a clean wet rag. In cases of really bad mold you may want to use a stronger vinegar solution.

Homemade Mildew Cleaner # 2 – Bleach Based

Mix 3/4 cup chlorine bleach in 1 gal of water. Put some of this mixture into a spray bottle and use like you would a normal bathroom cleaner. A little elbow grease and some soaking will help remove tough stains.

Remember this is bleach you are using and it will leave spots on your clothes. Wear an old t-shirt and shorts when using this bleach based mildew cleaner.

If mildew is an on-going problem in your home, it may be due to excess humidity. If this is the cause, you can regulate humidity with a home dehumidifier.

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Tawana - September 26, 2010

I have this pesky shower stall that is the devil to clean. I keep a bottle of alcohol that i have left the seal on and put a pin hole to allow it to stream out and squirt that around the corners where mold grows. I have not had a problem with mold since i have been doing this for about 2 months now. I will however try the vinegar and water and see if that works just as good.

SouthCountryMom - January 23, 2011

Because we live in the south and have a basement I have had to learn to cope with mold at times. I love bleach for killing mold/mildew and have learned that, once you get the mold killed, anywhere straight white vinegar is sprayed will stay mold/mildew free for 2 months. Now I spray straight white vinegar regularly and have no problems with mold/mildew reoccurring. It is safe to use on leather, upholstry, etc. Just coat the area with a fine mist and you are good to go. If you wish, you can burn scented candles or spray a room freshener afterward.

Laura - March 3, 2011

Our family suffers from many allergies including mold AND bleach. We have created a mold and mildew remover/cleanser that also works on tough to remove stains in the laundry. 1 cup hot water, 1/2 cup borax, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 cup pure lemon juice. Mix all together and drizzle or dab on area to be treated. Allow to sit for 20 minutes and rinse with clean water. This worked very well on the carpets in the house and the car as well as mud stained clothes.

    The Hillbilly Housewife - March 3, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your recipe, Laura. Don’t forget, you can submit your recipe and I’ll post it in the recipe category. That way it won’t get lost in the comment thread months or years from now. If it’s in the recipes category (under laundry and cleaners) it will be “searchable” and more easily found. Thanks again, Laura.

Ginny - January 11, 2015

Hi, I just stumbled onto your site today. I’ve been searching online for a homemade mildew cleaner for a couple of days. So, yesterday I mixed up 1/2 cup peroxide, 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar, and 1 tsp tea tree oil. I sprayed a small area above the tub in a corner, allowed it to sit few minutes, then used the green scrubber side of a sponge, and the orange colored spots scrubbed off with ease. Some of the black spots wiped off but not completely. But it’s clean enough for me and the ceiling looks cleaner than it did. If you try using this solution, PLEASE use cleaning gloves, open a window, and BE CAREFUL not get any of this solution in your eyes and on your skin. The only thing I don’t like is having to balance myself on the rim of the tub. I need a step ladder ASAP.

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