How to Kill Kitchen Mold

Every home has mold spores, and the right environment often results in mold growth.

The moist surface in a kitchen is one such environment, and mold may be found growing near the sink and on counters or backsplashes. Not only does mold disfigure your kitchen's clean appearance, but it can also pose a health and safety hazard. Clean your kitchen and kill the mold using common household ingredients for a sparking kitchen and clean counters. .

Wet the moldy area in your kitchen, such as the wall or carpet. Apply enough standard dish detergent to the area to create a soapy surface.

Scrub with a sponge to remove as much of the mold growth as possible. Avoid spreading the mold to areas in your kitchen that do not have mold. Discard the sponge after cleaning.

Mix 1 cup of household bleach with 10 cups of water in a plastic bucket or dish. Empty into a spray bottle.

Kill the mold. Spray the surface you scrubbed in Step 2 with the bleach and water solution. Let the bleach sit on the surface for 15 minutes. It will quickly disinfect the counter or wall and kill any residual mold growth.

Use plain white vinegar as an all-natural alternative to bleach. White vinegar is a natural disinfectant. This option is best for light mold growth. Spray the area with vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes.

Wet a rag with fresh water and wipe down the surface to remove the bleach or vinegar solution. Wipe again with another rag or paper towels to dry the surface.

Things You Will Need

  • Dish detergent
  • Sponge
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Rag
  • White vinegar


  • Avoid mold regrowth by keeping your kitchen dry. Wipe down surfaces with a towel or rag to remove moisture after washing dishes or preparing food. If your local environment is naturally humid, consider running a dehumidifier to dry out your kitchen's air.


  • Prevent the buildup of bleach or vinegar fumes by opening doors and windows leading into your kitchen.

About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.