How to Clean Mildew in Your Kitchen

What You'll Need
Latex Gloves
Baking Soda
Scouring Pad
Plastic Scraper
Cleaning Product
Disinfectant Spray

It may not be the most exciting chore, but it is highly important to clean mildew from your kitchen. The task won’t be easy and it will require you to put on rubber gloves and contort your body to get at all those hard-to-reach places. Nonetheless, cleaning mildew in your kitchen will not only help get rid of embarrassing odors, but it will also make for a healthier cooking area.

Step One – Choosing the Right Products

With a wide range of cleaning products on the market, the choice is entirely a personal one. When selecting a cleaning product, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. You will need to determine how bad your mildew problem is, and also whether you want to use an eco-friendly option. You can even decide how much effort do you want to put into scrubbing.

Although they are more family and environmentally friendly, green products usually take more effort to scrub away mildew stains. In fact, they often needing more than one application. If your kitchen mildew problem is particularly bad, you will probably need to use the strongest product available. Keeping this in mind, the staff at the local hardware store will be able to help you find the cleaning product best suited for your needs.

Step Two – Finding Hidden Mildew

Kitchen mildew is not always the easiest to find, as it often lurks in dark cupboard corners. Usually, the first sign of a kitchen mildew problem is a bad smell, even after you’ve cleaned up. Use a flashlight to explore damp areas that don’t get cleaned as often as your countertops. Places to look include under the sink, under garbage bags, around the dishwasher, behind the cooker and under the fridge. Remember to inspect cupboard walls and doors, since mildew can grow here as well.

Step Three – Cleaning Mildew Stains

Begin by surface cleaning the affected area. Sprinkle the mildew stain with baking soda and scrub with a vinegar-soaked scouring pad. Remember to wear latex gloves to protect your hands. Use a plastic scraper to remove any large pieces of food stuck to the surface.

Use a stronger cleaning product to coat any surfaces covered with black mildew stains. Scrub the mildew stains with a new scouring pad. Repeat the process as often as necessary until the mildew stains have disappeared.

Step Four – Disinfectant

You will want to kill the invisible bacteria that caused the mildew to form in the first place. Spray the newly cleaned surface with a disinfectant product and wipe it away with a dishcloth. For bad cases of mildew, allow the disinfectant to dry and then reapply it, wiping clean on the second application.

Step Five – Prevention

Mildew is caused by bacteria that thrive in a damp environment. Regular cleaning in areas around the sink, under the garbage and near the dishwasher will reduce the chances of mildew returning. Using a disinfectant spray or wipes at least once a month will help kill the bacteria that causes the smell and stains created by kitchen mildew.