How to Clean Mildew With Vinegar

Mildew is persistent and invasive.

You can find it in almost any room in the house, and unless you kill the bacteria, it will remain and spread further. Mildew grows in damp and poorly ventilated rooms where air is humid. Luckily, it is easy to clean mildew in bathrooms and kitchens and on walls and doors, in general. Vinegar, which is highly acidic, kills bacteria and mildew. It is also environmentally friendly compared to harsh chemical cleaners. .

Clean any tiles, glass, porcelain and plastic affected by mildew with soap and water, and dry with a towel.

Soak a cloth in undiluted white distilled vinegar, and coat the mildew areas, allowing it to set for several minutes to penetrate the surface.

Rinse the vinegar away with water, and pat the area dry with a towel.

Soak a soft sponge in vinegar, and rub it over the affected areas. Squeeze out the sponge, soak it with more vinegar and apply it to the affected areas several times.

Rinse the newly cleaned areas with fresh water and pat dry with a towel.

Things You Will Need

  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Cloth
  • Soft sponge


  • Look for mildew often to avoid accumulation.


  • If there is a lot of mildew, use a face mask when cleaning to prevent potential allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

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