Black mold appears in damp, dark areas, and can spread quickly if not taken care of. Luckily, you can clean it with cleaning detergents, such as borax or bleach, or natural solutions, such as white vinegar or tea tree oil. Wear protective gloves and goggles when cleaning the mold, and throw out any items that are completely contaminated. In extreme cases, you may have to call a professional to evaluate and eliminate the black mold.
Mold can be a nasty surprise, but there’s a good chance you have what you need to clean it lying around your home already:
- If you have borax, use it to remove mold from tile, glass, and wood.
- If you have laundry detergent, make a scrub to remove mold from nonporous surfaces.
- If you have ammonia, make a spray to remove mold on glass and tile.
- If you have bleach, use it to clean tough mold on nonporous surfaces.
- If you have hydrogen peroxide, use it as a nontoxic cleaner.
- If you have tea tree oil, make a spray to use as a natural fungicide.
- If you have vinegar, use it as a cheap and effective mold cleaner.
- If you have baking soda, you can clean both porous and nonporous surfaces.