We can’t think of many household problems less desirable than a mold issue. Not only is it entirely unappealing to look at it, it can present real dangers to your health and enjoyment of your space. But when it comes to mold removers, so many of them use harsh chemicals which are also potentially hazardous. In this article, we’re showing you the natural solution. We’re looking at the best options for addressing your mold issue in a safe, natural, environmentally conscious way.
“Natural Mold Removers”
Before we start, it’s important to set some expectations. What exactly do we mean by “natural” mold removers. Generally speaking, natural mold removers will not contain ingredients or chemicals which can harm you, your children, pets, animals, or the environment.
That being said, there are still a wide range of all-natural mold removal solutions, with varying degrees of effectiveness for different mold problems. Below, we’ll examine the most popular “green” mold removal solutions. We’ll start by evaluating some products available for sale, and then look at some easy DIY solutions with household ingredients.
We won’t lie to you and say that each natural solution is just as effective as harsh chemicals for removing mold. But these solutions are quite effective in their own right, and have the added benefit of being safe and green.
Best Natural Mold Removers
Let’s get to it, the top natural mold removal options. First, we’ll examine some of our favorite all-natural mold control products, and then we’ll check out some handy DIY recipes. Be sure to pay careful attention to each products’ capabilities so that you can match the solution with your problem (because some mold problems require more extensive solutions).
1. Concrobium Mold Control Spray (BEST OVERALL)
Concrobium Mold Spray is a great example of a natural mold remover. It packs a punch without the use of harsh chemicals. It has a great formula that works, and might be the perfect solution you are looking for.
This spray is for use on mold, mildew, and musty odors. It is very easy to apply, as it’s a simple spray-on formula. No need for any scrubbing or rinsing. Simply spray on and wait to dry. As it dries, it kills the existing mold and forms an invisible layer which prevents re-growth.
And best of all, this is a safe formula. There is no bleach or harsh chemicals. This makes it safe for you, but also makes it safe to use on all sorts of surfaces!
It’s also a great value choice. You get a 32 oz. bottle, which is good for 80-110 sq. ft of action.
This gets our best overall pick because it’s effective, easy to use, and there are no harsh chemicals or bleach! Great value and great efficiency.
- No harsh chemicals or bleach in formula.
- Effective for mold and mildew.
- Cost effective.
- Up to 110 sq. ft. coverage per bottle.
- Might not be ideal for deep mold problems (best to speak with a professional)
2. ZORBX Spray (BEST PREMIUM)
ZORBX Spray is another mold removal solution we really like. This is a safe formula that is free of harsh chemicals. It’s hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and safe for all (pets, people, and the planet!). Free of harsh chemicals and bleach, strong odors, enzymes, and also phthalate free.
That being said, it works, and the numerous customer reviews will attest to that. You can use this mold removal substance on carpets, wood, tile, appliances, and more! It’s not harsh, won’t damage surfaces, and works to remove mold and prevent re-occurrence.
It’s also quite easy to use. You simply spray and wait. It breaks up the mold at the molecular level, lifts it up, and makes it easy to clean from there.
It’s a bit more expensive than other brands, but keep in mind that this is an extra-strength formula which is made in the USA.
- Non-toxic, biodegradable, and safe for all.
- No harsh fragrances.
- Suitable for any surface!
- Made in the USA.
- Premium pricing.
- Not as extensive as harsh chemicals like bleach.
Next up, we have Magical Mold Remover Gel. Unlike the products we examined above, this Japanese special formula comes in gel form.
This product is meant to clean mold in difficult-to-reach mold hot spots. The thin nozzle is meant for straight-line applications to these areas, for a concentrated blast of mold remover.
You simply apply the mold to common cracks, cervices, and areas where mold regularly develops. Areas such as around sinks, gaps between tiles, refrigerator doors, shower doors, at the base of the toilet, etc. These areas are lined with the special gel to break up the mold, and then rinsed with water after 3-5 hours.
Application is simple and easy, and it’s a more direct approach than the above sprays.
And best of all, this formula contains no chemical ingredients! It’s made from all-natural ingredients including organic oils and cinnamon extract.
- Great at cleaning mold out of difficult-to-reach areas.
- Use in many common mold hot-spots.
- No harsh chemicals – all-natural ingredients list.
- Time consuming process – mostly ideal for small cracks and crevices.
- Not ideal for larger mold problems that cover big areas.
Unfortunately, your list of natural mold remover products is quite limited. Simply put, most mold removal methods require harsh chemicals and bleach.
However, you still have options at your disposal. In this section we’ll show you how to make all-natural mold solutions with household ingredients.
We’re not going to lie to you and say that these are just as effective as bleach or chemical-based solutions. But they are effective, and they might be just what you need for smaller mold problems.
4. Lemon Juice
First up we’re using the power of citric acid – lemon juice! Lemon juice can actually make quite the effective mold removal solution. The high concentration of citric acid works to break down the mold, which makes it easy to scrub off and take away. It’s strong enough that it can even be used for small amounts of black mold.
Lemon juice has the added bonus of being an entirely safe, non-toxic substance that won’t harm any humans, animals, or the environment! It also has that pleasant citrus smell.
If you want, you can dilute the lemon juice into a bit of water, but it works just as well on its own. Take some 100% lemon juice (like the brand we linked above), and pour directly on the mold. Wait about five minutes for the citric acid to break down the mold, and then wipe the surface with a damp towel. You’ll be surprised at its effectiveness!
- Simple, all-natural ingredients.
- The power of citric acid!
- Refreshing citrus smell.
- Very cost efficient.
- Safe on almost any surface.
- Not for heavy duty mold problems.
Hydrogen peroxide is another safe, effective way to address your mold issues. Hydrogen peroxide is best known for its anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, and these same properties make it an effective mold remover as well. It works best on hard surfaces such as walls, appliances, bathroom fixtures and sinks. We wouldn’t recommend it on soft surfaces or wood, because the strength of hydrogen peroxide can lead to discoloration and damage.
You don’t even have to dilute the mixture. Simply place a 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide (like the one we linked above) into a spray bottle, and spray on affected mold area. Let sit for about 10 minutes to allow the hydrogen peroxide to break up the mold, and then rub vigorously to remove.
Hydrogen peroxide is natural and safe, despite its chemical-sounding name. It’s effective and cost efficient. It has a mild smell, but it should go away with some time.
- Easy to use, simply apply to affected area and scrub.
- Effective for a wide range of surfaces.
- Cost efficient.
- Might discolor or damage certain surfaces, be careful not to over-apply.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an awesome substance. Totally safe for use, and great for such a wide variety of purposes. It’s quite effective at breaking up mold, and so easy to apply. It also goes without saying that baking soda is completely safe and non-toxic.
Making a DIY baking soda solution is easy. Simply take one part baking soda, one part water, and stir together! Keep the mixture 50/50, and stir hard until it resembles a “paste-like” substance. Add paste substance to problem area, and use a hard-bristle brush to scrape away any mold.
As a bonus, you can also use baking soda as a method of preventing mold. Baking soda soaks up moisture in the surrounding air, and moisture is one of the leading causes of mold issues. Keeping baking soda in cupboards and fridges is a great way to protect against future mold problems.
You can even harness this power of protection in a DIY spray. Simply mix 2 tbsp. baking soda and 2 cups of water. This mixture is much more diluted, and can be put into a spray bottle and sprayed onto affected area. Let dry, and the baking soda will “guard” the area against future mold problems.
- Dual purpose for mold removal and protection.
- Non-toxic, odorless, and can be used on a wide variety of surfaces.
- Easy to make solution – just add water!
- Highly cost-effective.
- Not ideal for deep, persistent mold problems – best for small mold problems.
Another common household product that has utility against mold issues is vinegar! Distilled white vinegar contains plenty of acidic characteristics that work to break up mold and make it easy to remove.
Vinegar is ideal for cleaning and deodorizing a wide range of surfaces. It is even effective for black mold, although it’s not quite as intensive as something like bleach, as you can see in the video below.
But vinegar is still highly effective for a wide variety of smaller mold problems, and it’s non-toxic and safe for all. You don’t even have to dilute it. Simply pour it into a spray bottle and spray onto effected area. Leave it for about an hour to do its work, and wipe off the area.
It won’t damage most surfaces, but we wouldn’t recommend it for particularly sensitive fabrics or soft surfaces.
Overall, it’s yet another effective DIY solution, but do take note of the strong smell!
- Effective for smaller mold problems.
- No need to dilute, simply pour vinegar into spray bottle.
- Very cost-effective solution.
- Strong vinegar smell.
- Not as effective as chemicals like bleach.
Before we wrap up, let’s take a look at some common areas of confusion to help you make your decision. We covered a lot of mold removers above, and we want you to make the proper choice for your own mold problem. Consider these factors to choose from the products above:
Extent of Your Problem
This is the first and most important consideration you will need to make in choosing a product. Simply put, the mold removal solution you need to go with will depend on the extent of your mold problem.
Many of the options surveyed above are effective removers for wide variety of surfaces. However, it may simply be the case that your mold problem requires the use of heavier chemicals. These chemicals are undoubtedly effective, but there’s the obvious trade-off when considering their toxic nature and environmental impact.
That being said, you likely want to avoid this if possible. Consider the above products for your smaller mold issues. If you are in doubt about which solution is best for you, you might want to consult a professional.
Ingredients and Their Effect
If you have decided that a natural mold solution is right for you, you’ll still notice that there are many options available. One of your main considerations will be the ingredients in each solution. Pay close attention to strength of the ingredients (which could lead to discoloration or damage), and other factors such as odor.
Even within the area of “all-natural” products, there are still varying degrees of ingredients, each that tout their own benefits for different purposes.
Also pay close attention to the recommended surfaces. This will determine where you can use the mold removal product. Some products are very limited in their application, and some are suitable for a wide variety of surfaces. This is typically because they are too strong for certain surfaces and will cause damage.
Typically, any store-bought product will clearly mark their intended surfaces.
Conclusion and Top Pick
Thanks for reading through our guide to all-natural mold removers. We’ve done our best to give you a wealth of options to choose from, including many DIY mold removal solutions.
Our top choice is the Concrobium Mold Control Spray. We really like this formula, and it’s quite effective at removing mold. It’s great for use on a wide variety of surfaces, and is very cost-efficient as well.
That being said, take it on a case-by-case basis. We’ve given you options for all sorts of mold problems, and the best solution is one that perfectly aligns with your personal requirements.
Before we wrap up this article, we’ll check out some of the most frequently asked questions about mold removers.
How Do I Prevent Mold?
Perhaps the most effective way to control your mold issue is to prevent mold in the first place.
The best way to do so is by regularly cleaning areas where mold regularly develops. You can clean the area with many of the store-bought or DIY solutions we examined above. Mold typically develops in areas that have frequent moisture build-up – such as surrounding sinks, showers, toilets, between cracks in tiles, and more. It also occurs in areas that you don’t check with regularity, such as within cupboards, crawlspaces, under radiators, etc. Be sure to frequently check and clean these areas.
Also be sure to prevent moisture build-up in these areas in the first place. Not only check them for mold, but check them for moisture as well. This is particularly important in areas that get frequent moisture from running water. For example, if you have a glass shower door, be sure to squeegee after use.
Are All-Natural Solutions Just as Effective?
Simply put, no. All-natural solutions are not always as effective as harsh chemicals for removing tough mold. Deep, hazardous mold issues may require the use of chemicals and bleach.
That being said, these chemicals can be dangerous to you, to your surfaces, and to the environment. All-natural solutions are often enough for smaller mold problems, and they have the added benefit of being safe to use.