Lemon juice is a natural, non-toxic mold cleaner that leaves behind a refreshing, clean aroma. Its 5% acid content makes it effective in eliminating mold. Lemon juice can be freshly squeezed or purchased as a concentrate. To clean mold, it should be used full strength. It can be applied using a spray bottle or by soaking with a scrubber sponge.
Lemon juice treatment of mold should start by using simple soap and water to begin the cleaning process. Once rinsed, apply the lemon juice directly to the mold. Scrub the area immediately with a brush or scrub sponge. As with other treatments, the process should be repeated until satisfactory results are achieved.
Used as a daily cleaner, lemon juice can help prevent mold in a variety of areas in the home, particularly on kitchen, shower and bathroom tile. It is popular because it leaves a clean fresh natural scent. Lemon juice is also valuable in ridding the mildew smell and mold from clothing. Add ½ cup to a load of laundry with regular laundry detergent. Keep in mind that lemon juice can fade some colors on some fabrics, so lemon juice should only be used when washing whites or after testing for color-fastness.
Many households appreciate lemon juice as a natural all-purpose cleaner and natural mold cleaner because it is harmless to people, pets and the environment. It can even be combined with other natural cleaners like vinegar to improve odor and effectiveness.