Moisture leads to the growth of mould and mildew. Use safe kitchen practices, like always wiping the kitchen countertop dry after you’ve finished your work, hanging kitchen towels to dry, and wiping the kitchen sink after doing dishes. This will prevent mould growth.
Also inspect your walls regularly to check if there are any leakages due to plumbing problems. Damp kitchen walls can become a breeding ground for mould and mildew. They make your walls look unsightly and also give off an unpleasant, musty odour. Furthermore, mould is a potential allergen and can cause respiratory problems.
To keep mould and mildew in check, keep your kitchen well-ventilated and let natural light in. Treat any mould as soon as you spot it. Wear protective gloves to avoid direct contact with mould as it can cause skin rashes and irritation.
Use the cleaning tips given below to get rid of mould and mildew effortlessly.
1) Use Commercial Mildew Remover
There are many mildew removers available in the market. Choose one depending on your needs. If using for the first time, test the remover on an inconspicuous area of your kitchen walls. Read the instructions on the label carefully. Most commercial cleaning agents contain bleach. So, keep them out of the reach of children. Once you’ve applied the mildew remover as per the instructions, wash off the walls thoroughly to remove any residue with an effective dishwashing liquid. Wipe the walls dry using a clean towel.
2) Use Vinegar
Mix vinegar and water in equal quantities and add it to an empty spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the mould-affected areas of your kitchen. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Now, wash the walls with plain water. Repeat if necessary. Use undiluted vinegar in areas with heavy mould infestation.
You can also try using a kitchen cleaner for thorough cleaning. You can clean your kitchen shelves with a kitchen cleaner like Cif Kitchen Cleaner. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions.
3) Use Baking Soda
Add 1 tbsp. of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water. Stir it well and pour into a spray bottle. Now, spray this solution on the affected area and scrub the surface with a non-abrasive scrubber. Baking soda is mild alkali which helps dissolve grime and tough stains easily. Now, spray the solution once again and allow it to stay for 1 hour. Then wipe with a cotton cloth.
4) Use Lemon
Lemon is a natural deodorizer, bleaching agent and stain remover. The acidic properties of a lemon helps treating mould effectively. Pour 1 cup of lemon juice into a spray bottle. Spray it over the affected areas and allow it to rest for 40-50 minutes. Then scrub with a non-abrasive sponge and wipe with a cotton cloth.
Keep your kitchen clean and fresh smelling. Treat mould and mildew as soon as you spot them. Do not let the unpleasant odour seep into your clothes and spread to other rooms in your home.