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Remove mould with professional cleaner's 'non-toxic' solution – no bleach needed


Cleaning expert Petya Holevich, based at Fantastic Services – a domestic cleaning service – spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about how to get rid of bleach.

“If you leave it mould untreated for a long time, it’ll get worse and spread further,” cautioned Petya. “Luckily, there are ways to remove it easily and effectively.”

Surface mould can be removed with a “non-toxic” solution of washing-up liquid and warm water using a scourer.

Petya said this mould removal method is a “non-toxic alternative” to bleach.

She instructed: “Add a bit of washing liquid to a bowl of warm water. Soak the scourer and use the sponge to wash over the affected area.

“Wipe the washed area, and repeat until all the mould is gone and the area is almost dry. Use kitchen paper to wipe it clean, with a fresh piece for each wipe.”

Petya added: “You can also remove mould with vinegar, which is less harsh than bleach but still does a good job of removing surface and ingrained mould, and it’s a good choice for coloured surfaces.”

She said: “Mix three parts water with one part vinegar and add a bit of washing liquid.

“Spray onto the area, wipe it with a damp sponge and dry it with kitchen paper.”

Petya added: “You can also combine the vinegar and water solution with baking soda and similarly spray the liquid on the surface.

“This kitchen staple is also a mild disinfectant with no scent and it can even be used to remove mould on its own when combined with water.”

Another non-toxic solution to remove mould only requires two tablespoons of tea tree oil that is mixed with two cups of water.

“This solution can last you quite a while,” said Petya. “You’ll only need to spray it onto the mould patch without rinsing.”

While you may notice a “strong scent” from the treatment, the smell will lift within a few days.

Petya cautioned: “Keep in mind that in more serious cases, I wouldn’t recommend a DIY mould removal method because it can actually allow the mould to regrow and spread.

“I’d also add that the best non-toxic way to remove mould is to take preventative measures so it doesn’t appear in the first place.

“Since mould naturally thrives in humid environments, make sure to wipe any damp surfaces and prevent leaks and condensation. You can do that by investing in and using a dehumidifier.”

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