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Hydrogen Peroxide and Mold

May 31, 2011

Hydrogen Peroxide and Mold:

Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-fungal, an anti-viral, an anti-bacterial, and it can kill mold.  Hydrogen peroxide is a good alternative to chlorine bleach because it is safe to use and it doesn’t harm the environment.  It also doesn’t leave behind toxic residue or produce toxic fumes like chlorine bleach does.  Hydrogen peroxide is also inexpensive to buy.

Hydrogen peroxide kills mold effectively on many materials such as clothes, floors, bathrooms fixtures, walls and certain items such as kitchen appliances.  Since hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, it can also help fade the stain that mold leaves behind.  Always remember to spot test hydrogen peroxide on the material before cleaning to make sure it won’t fade the material colors.

Recipe for Killing Mold with Hydrogen Peroxide:

  1. Pour 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray the moldy surface so that the moldy areas are saturated with hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Wait about 10 minutes, then scrub the area making sure to remove all the mold and mold stains.
  4. Wipe the surface down to remove residual mold and spores.

Vinegar can also be used with hydrogen peroxide during the cleaning to remove the mold more effectively.

Remember to store the spray bottle in a dark place since light diminishes hydrogen peroxide’s effectiveness.

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