7 Fool Proof Tricks to Eliminate Mildew

September 27, 2016
In addition to using products to eliminate mildew and mold, it's important to ventilate areas to kill fungi and prevent bad odors.

Mildew in a home is a problem that can be caused by the materials from which it was made. Other causes of this problem are the impact of the climate and lack of proper ventilation.

Mildew is uncomfortable and is a risk to your health as it can facilitate the development of mold. It can also create the conditions necessary for mites, dust and bad smells to thrive.

As a result, it leaves ugly stains on walls and in corners. And over time, your body can develop allergies and respiratory difficulties.

Luckily, there are a few all-natural methods that you can use to help remove it to prevent further problems and leave affected areas looking and smelling fresh.

Below, we’ll share the 7 best all-natural tricks to eliminate mildew before you resort to harsh chemical measures.

Let’s take a look!

Best tricks to eliminate mildew:

1. White vinegar


White vinegar is one of the best natural products you can use to eliminate mildew and mold in the home. It can be used on everything from walls in bathrooms to clothing and even areas of the kitchen.

In fact, despite its unpleasant smell, white vinegar is the best solution for destroying mildew and damp odors in closets.


  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 spray bottle


  • Dilute the white vinegar in water and pour into a spray bottle.
  • Shake the bottle and spray the solution on the mildew stains in your home.
  • Let air dry.
  • Repeat application daily for a week.
  • If the mildew stains are really stubborn, use straight vinegar.

Read more: 6 Things You Shouldn’t Clean with White Vinegar

2. Open the windows

Opening the windows is a simple way to prevent mold, mites and other impurities from accumulating.

The circulating air helps naturally dry areas and alters the environment that fungi and bacteria need to thrive.

This explains why we ventilate our homes when we want to get rid of unpleasant odors that linger inside.

3. Don’t hide stains

Many people place furniture and other objects in front of stains on the wall in an effort to hide them. The problem with covering up these stains is that it prevents air from circulating and promotes mold growth.

So the best idea is to keep furniture a good distance from stains so that there’s enough space for air to properly circulate.

4. Don’t hang wet clothes inside

One of the most common mistakes that cause mold growth and bad odors in the home is hanging wet clothes inside to dry.

This attracts mildew, keeps clothes from drying properly and leaves an unpleasant and difficult to eliminate odor.

5. Baking soda


Another economical alternative to eliminate mildew and odor stains is common baking soda.

Baking soda is a non-aggressive ingredient that has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and is great at absorbing odors.


  • Rub a little baking soda on the affected areas and let work for two hours.
  • Remove with a brush.
  • You can also try putting a little in several small containers and placing them inside closets that tend to develop mildew.

Read more: 5 Chemical-Free Solutions for Cleaning Your House

6. Sea salt

Sea salt is a natural ingredient that can help eliminate mildew in closed spaces. It disinfects, neutralizes strong odors and prevents black mildew stains from forming.


  • Put some sea salt in small containers or bags and place inside closets.
  • Change them out once a month.

7. Borax


Borax has fungicidal properties that, unlike products like bleach, are non-aggressive and won’t harm the environment.

While it’s really useful in a wide range of applications around the home, an important thing to be aware of is that it’s an excellent solution for mold.


  • Make sure to use gloves when handling borax and dilute a tablespoon in two liters of water.
  • Apply to the affected areas with a brush, let sit for half an hour, then wipe with a clean cloth.

As you can see, there are many different ways to combat the mildew that accumulates in our homes. Follow each of the recommendations in this article and say goodbye to mold and mildew problems for good.

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