Homemade Mildew Cleaner Recipe

by Taylor

Here is a homemade mildew cleaner recipe for removing and killing mildew and mold on hard surfaces, such as on tile or around the shower in the bathroom.


The main ingredient in this recipe is chlorine bleach. The reason for using chlorine bleach is that it kills mildew and mold.

I have seen some recipes out there which suggest to use vinegar to kill mildew, but it does not do nearly as good a job as chlorine bleach does to actually kill the mildew which helps prevent it from returning.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup chlorine bleach;
  • 1 1/2 cups water; and
  • 1 tablespoon borax
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and place in a spray bottle.

You can then spray the mildew cleaner onto the hard surface and let it sit for around half an hour.

The reason you want to let it sit this long is that the bleach cannot instantly kill the mildew and mold, but instead needs to stay in contact with the spores for about half an hour to make sure it has killed it all.

After waiting the required time period then you need to physically remove the mildew and mold that has built up.

You can do this with an old rag, sponge, toothbrush or scrub brush.

Finally, rinse the area with water and dry thoroughly to prevent it from regrowing because of damp conditions.

You may want to use this spray every couple of days for a while to make sure you kill all the spores, to prevent them from returning.

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Hydrogen Peroxide Is A Natural Mildew Cleaner

by Sara

Sara says:

I usually use hydrogen peroxide, full strength, to remove mildew from hard surfaces.

I let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse, followed by a brief scrubbing.

Everything comes off really easily.

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Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing this alternate recipe with me.

It is nice to be able to use natural recipes when they'll work.

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In addition, here's even more tips for cleaning and removing mildew and mold from hard surfaces.

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Comments for Hydrogen Peroxide Is A Natural Mildew Cleaner

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what I do
by: Lorie

I use bleach diluted with water. Of course we also try our best to prevent it. Wipe up water right away, proper ventilation in bathrooms, fix leaks/drips right away, etc.

vinegar
by: Angelina

I use vinegar to get rid of it and try to remember to wipe up water when done in the shower.

Mold/Mildew
by: Ginny

I use 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar, and 1 tsp tea tree essential oil. Easily scrubs off hard water stains as well.

Mold/mildew in old marble shower
by: AJ

We recently moved into a house that has old black and white marble tile in the shower. There is mildew in the grout and caulking. Is it safe to use bleach around marble?

Splash of bleach & hot water for humidifier
by: Lisa

Just swishing vinegar water didn't get the hidden corners of my son's humidifier clean from growing mildew.

I put on old, clean baby bib and filled with hot water and a splash of bleach. It didn't take long before the inside was crystal clean. I had tried every bottle brush, wire hanger, bendy tool I could find. Sometimes the simplest solution is right in front of us.

Homemade cleaner brew with bleach works!
by: Anonymous

Wow, I've tried all kinds of industrial strength products over the past couple months, this homemade brew knocks the socks off. Thanks for this most valuable information!

A note about bleach
by: jemc918

The article states clearly that bleach is only to be used on hard surfaces, but it doesn't explain why. You should never use bleach on wood because the bleach can only penetrate the top surface. There is usually mold underneath that will become resistant to bleach and rise to the surface. I think drywall has the same problem, but I'm not positive. In Australia after major flooding occurred, they sprayed water mixed with concentrated clove oil on the walls of buildings affected to both kill existing mold and prevent it from coming back.

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