While many people do use bleach to remove mould, a cleaning expert has shared that it doesn’t actually kill mould at its source which means it’s likely to return even after cleaning it.
Rather than using bleach, Laura Harnett, the founder of Seep eco-cleaning tools, has recommended using white vinegar.
White vinegar contains acetic acid which makes it perfect for killing mould. The best white vinegar to use is one that contains five to six percent acetic acid.
Laura has explained exclusively to Express.co.uk how to remove mould and stop it from coming back without using bleach or harsh chemicals.
Laura said most people resort to bleach to remove mould, however, she said it doesn’t “kill mould spores”.
She explained: “Most people think that bleach will remove mould, but it’s a harsh chemical to use in the home and it doesn’t kill the mould spores themselves so it’ll just keep coming back, especially if the condensation isn’t tackled.
“White vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties and will remove mould in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way.”
White vinegar can kill up to 82 percent of mould species including black mould on porous and non-porous surfaces.
To use white vinegar to clean, use one tablespoon and mix it with one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of hot water.
Mixing white vinegar and baking soda together creates a powerful solution as the acid in the vinegar breaks down the baking soda which releases carbon dioxide gas.
The carbon dioxide gas helps to lift dirt from surfaces while the friction of the paste helps to remove tough stains.
Once you’ve made the paste, rub it gently onto the mouldy area using an old toothbrush with circular movements.
Then, wipe off the area using an eco cloth. This will likely absorb significantly more of the solution than a paper towel or a microfibre cloth.
Laura added: “After it’s clean, spray white vinegar directly onto the area and let it dry as this will prevent the mould from growing back.”
White vinegar can be bought from Asda for as little as 99p and from Ocado for £2.