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Old 04-19-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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what can you do to stomp out black mold without bleach?

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maybe Tea Tree Oil? is it on something that could be boiled (or have boiling water poured over it?)
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If the mold it on dry wall the only way to get rid of it is to replace the dry wall. I think there are some safer products that bleach out there for other surfaces.
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If you are talking about hard, washable surfaces, I would try spraying them with hydrogen peroxide. It works really good in the shower, tub, etc. You'll hear it foaming as it eats the mold up, then you can just scrub and rinse.

If its drywall or wood, though, I agree with pp, you will probably have to completely replace it.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:58 PM   #5
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i get it on my windows, really bad in the childrens room where i run the vaporizer when they are sick. it also grows in the corners of my basement. i need to seal those walls, and it should take care of that problem. but I will try Hydrogen Peroxide on the windows next time I scrub them.
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Re: cleaning black mold without bleach

We had it bad on the kids' windows. Last fall, I cleaned them up really well, then we covered them with the winterizing plastic like you get at the hardware store. Not a single bit has come back. I'm leaving it on all year 'round.
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We had some issue in our basement when we first moved in. Mold can spread quickly so we got a testing kit and ran a dehumidifier for about 2 weeks straight after we cleaned, just to make sure the mold wasn't still spreading.

To clean, I put vinegar on a rag and added some tea tree oil to disinfect.

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Does Vinegar Kill Mold?

Vinegar is a mild acid which can kill 82% of mold species. However it also has the advantages of being natural and safe. Vinegar is non-toxic and doesn't give off dangerous fumes like bleach does.

Cleaning Mold with Vinegar

To kill mold with vinegar, use white distilled vinegar which you can buy cheaply from the supermarket.
Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle without watering it down.
Spray the vinegar onto the moldy surface and leave it to sit for an hour.
Wipe clean the area with water and allow the surface to dry. Any smell from the vinegar should clear within a few hours.


If you want to use vinegar to prevent mold growing on surfaces just spray vinegar on the surface and leave it. Repeat this every few days to ensure the surface will stay mold-free. You can even mop your tiled bathroom floor or other hard non-porous floors with vinegar if you are worried about mold growing on them.
ETA: Mold can cause serious health issues, especially black mold. If you can, invest in a dehumidifier and run it after it rains.
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We had some issue in our basement when we first moved in. Mold can spread quickly so we got a testing kit and ran a dehumidifier for about 2 weeks straight after we cleaned, just to make sure the mold wasn't still spreading.

To clean, I put vinegar on a rag and added some tea tree oil to disinfect.

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ETA: Mold can cause serious health issues, especially black mold. If you can, invest in a dehumidifier and run it after it rains.
I agree with this!!!
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