How to remove window mould without using bleach – just need one kitchen item

There is nothing worse than having mould in your home, especially around your windows.

Mould is almost unavoidable in the colder months like December due to the ever-predicable British weather.

The most likely cause of mould around windows is condensation. If you can prevent the condensation from building up, mould shouldn’t grow. 

To get rid of the mould on windows, many opt to use bleach. However, applying bleach to mould may cause it to grow in surrounding areas that were previously unaffected.

Jade Oliver, Showroom Stylist at Express Bi-Folding Doors claimed: “Bleach doesn’t work – however white vinegar left for around an hour with a scrubbing brush, or even a cloth soaked in warm, soapy water should do the trick.”

White vinegar is most commonly found with five percent acidity and works best undiluted, so don’t worry about mixing it with water first. 

However, because it is a mild acid, avoid using vinegar on aluminium, cast iron, waxed wood, or natural stone, as it may damage or cause etching in the finish.

For safety’s sake, wear non-porous gloves, goggles or safety glasses, and a mask that covers your mouth and nose.

Pour enough undiluted white vinegar into the empty spray bottle to cover the area of mould growth. 

Spray the mould directly, fully saturating it with the vinegar, and allow the vinegar to sit for at least an hour. 

Don’t be tempted to scrub or rinse as the mould needs time to completely absorb the vinegar.

After, use a brush or scouring pad to scrub the area. After scrubbing, rinse the area with clean warm water. 

After scrubbing and rinsing the area clean, give the area one last spray of vinegar. This last shot will help eradicate any lingering mould and prevent it from growing back. 

Don’t worry about the strong vinegar odour as it will fade on its own after a couple hours.

Built-up dirt can also plague windows and make them look unsightly. Instead of using hot soapy water that will “make the dust stick to the glass”, Jade recommends using a duster or vacuum first.

She said: “Use a duster to loosen any dust particles first and then try gently vacuuming with the bristle attachment to avoid scratching the surface. 

“Finally, to get into any tougher nooks and crannies such as the corners and rims, work in a feather duster to manipulate the grime.”

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