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7 Best Mold & Mildew Removers (2022 Reviews)

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I’m a very active person… hiking, biking, crafting, learning, traveling… but one of my most time-consuming activities seems to be cleaning! Especially if you’re a parent of young children, you know the never-ending calling of ‘house cleaner’ very well. That’s why it’s important for me to find the best products that do the job and do it well. I don’t want to re-do a task just because the first cleaning product or tool didn’t work sufficiently.

One of my main concerns is keeping my home free of mold and mildew. Mold can be very damaging to your health, and it can even damage your home. A lot of people find that treating mold is challenging because the mold remover they are using isn’t cutting it.

Whether or not you’re dealing with a slight problem or a dire mold situation, I’ve compiled my top 7 mold removers, complete with all the pros and cons. In the end, you’ll save time and have a super clean home, which means you can go back to all those activities you enjoy much more than cleaning!

The Best Mold Removers On The Market

  • 1.

    (Best budget option — $)

    Why it’s great: The versatility of this mold removing solution is what makes it stand out from the rest. It can be used in almost any situation; from laundry to air ducts to car upholstery! Plus, the citrus seed extracts in this essential oil blend have a really pleasant scent; helping to create a calm, crisp environment for everyone who enters the room. As a bonus, since it’s a concentrate, it’s very cost-effective because you mix it with water and it makes quite a bit of product. One 16 oz bottle makes one gallon of solution! It can be put into a fogger if directions are followed properly. EC3 Mold Solution should be used regularly to ward off the pesky mold before it starts.

    Keep in mind: Since it’s not a bleach, it won’t remove black stains. However, it kills the mold spores that are treated and prevents new mold growth.

    Good for: people who want to use natural products that contain essential oils

  • 2.

    (Best stain removal — $$)

    Why it’s great: If you want to be amazed by a disappearing act, buy this mold remover! It’s so powerful that it can even clean mildew-stained grout that you thought would never go away. The powerful bleach formula just gets sprayed onto the hard surface, and then is rinsed off several minutes later. No scrubbing! Bathrooms and kitchens will shine like the top of the Chrysler building after this mold remover kicks into action. It’s also a great pre-cleaner when you’re going to paint the walls of your home. Just spray and wipe, then do the normal painting. Your walls will have an improved appearance instantly!

    Keep in mind: Because this product is so strong, the initial fumes can be a bit much. Open windows and use a fan for good ventilation while using Mold Armor.

    Good for: People with a significant mold problem who want a quick solution.

  • 3.

    (Best disinfectant — $$$)

    Why it’s great: Products that do double duty are always top-notch in my book. This one not only combats the mold and mildew, but also fights against bacteria and viruses. Perfect for killing all those germs that seem to be going around these days! It’s popular not only in households, but in hospitals, restaurants, and other institutions. It’s not bleach based, so the smell isn’t as harsh as some other potent cleaners. One other great thing about this spray cleaner is that it is super fast acting. Watch mold and mildew just melt away in minutes!

    Keep in mind: This ammonia-based product is not recommended for use around infants, small children, nor pets. Spray and wait 20 minutes before touching surfaces. Wearing gloves is highly recommended.

    Good for: homes without pets, hospitals, institutions, restaurants, offices, and other locations that need a top notch disinfectant.

  • 4.

    (Best outdoor mold remover — $)

    Why it’s great: Often mold grows in areas with a lot of humidity…and those areas are usually the most fun places to be! Such as along the coast or in the Caribbean. If you live in these places, you may own a boat or have some great outdoor furniture. Many mold/mildew removers aren’t deemed safe for use on boat seats nor typical patio furniture, but this one by EcoClean is a pro at cleaning those things. Plus, since you only have to spray, wait, then rinse, it’s an easy product to use on outdoor surfaces. It’s fast-acting and results can start to be seen in mere minutes. Then you can get back outdoors and enjoy your patio or boat like you were meant to.

    Keep in mind: Even though this product is safe for use outdoors, it should not be sprayed directly on plants. Also, some surfaces are not recommended for treatment, such as marble or limestone.

    Good for: People who have boats, patio furniture, and outdoor awnings.

  • 5.

    (Best stain fighter — $$$)

    Why it’s great: This product is nearly magical; it will dissolve stains while you wait! Grout and tile in bathrooms tend to be one of the hardest things to treat, but this stain remover will get rid of mold of any color that is lurking on your bathroom tile. It uses Active Cling Technology, so the cleaning agents can hold onto surfaces longer, which allows more time for erasing mold from the picture. Another great feature is that it’s manufactured in the USA and the spray bottle is made out of recycled plastic. That gives some added peace-of-mind. Just spray, rinse, and sit back and watch the magic.

    Keep in mind: Because it contains advanced bleach gel that is so effective for cleaning, it can stain fabrics and carpet. Wear old clothing when you’re applying this product.

    Good for: Those who have vertical surfaces they want to remove mold stains from, such as stand up showers or vinyl siding.

  • 6.

    (Lowest odor — $$$)

    Why it’s great: If you’re sensitive to harsh scents, this mold spray is a great choice. It has nearly an undetectable odor, which probably stems from the fact that it doesn’t contain bleach. For this reason, it’s also commonly used in cars to help control mold. I think everyone’s had that fateful day that they’ve left the car windows rolled down and a rainstorm popped up…. Hit that mold quickly with Concrobium so the mold spores will stop spreading. Because it’s effective on quite a variety of surfaces, this is one product that’s easy to keep in the cupboard regularly. No matter what surface you treat, this product leaves an antimicrobial shield behind so that mold won’t grow back. And since it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals nor volatile organic compounds, it can be used on high contact surfaces without worry. When dried, it’s safe around children and pets. This is a great choice when you have a mold issue in multiple locations around your residence or workplace.

    Keep in mind: While effective in crushing mold spores to their roots, it doesn’t always get rid of the stain that can be left behind if you have a larger mold problem.

    Good for: People who want to treat mold in a vehicle, or need to treat multiple types of surfaces.

  • 7.

    (Most family friendly — $$)

    Why it’s great: This is the most safe version of a mold and mildew remover that I have found. In fact, it’s so natural and safe, that I was able to use it (a small amount, diluted) on a couple of plants outside that had a bit of powdery mildew on them, and it cleared most of it up. Because it’s made of natural enzymes that break down the mold, I’m not worried about it around my children or dog. As a bonus, the smell of the spray is a very light citrus or eucalyptus, and not a chemical scent. It also won’t stain my clothes as I’m cleaning! What a great go-to household cleaner.

    Keep in mind: Because there are less harsh chemicals in this product, you may need to scrub the surface you are treating to get the desired effect.

    Good for: anyone who has pets and children, or who is avoiding harsh chemicals and wants something natural.

Best Overall

The EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate is our overall top recommendation. It's the highest quality product we have found with the most affordable price making it the best value on our list..

FAQs about mold removers

  • 1. How can I tell if I have a mold problem?

    Although mold spores are naturally occurring, and the spores are invisible to the naked eye, you can detect a mold problem when the spores take root in a moist environment and begin to spread. There are a variety of colors that mold can be, such as orange, white, gray, green, and even the infamous black mold. You will generally find mold in moist, slightly warm places, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.

  • 2. Why should mold be treated?

    Mold has been linked to allergies, respiratory illnesses, reproductive problems, infections, and other sicknesses Everyone has a different reaction to mold, from minor to life-threatening. It’s important to treat mold immediately to remove the dangers it poses to people and pets.

  • 3. What is the best way to prevent mold from growing?

    Since mold loves to grow in moist places, make sure you don’t have any leaks under your sinks, in your basement, or around hose bibs. Indoors, during the rainy season, it’s also a good idea to have a dehumidifier running. Buying a good preventative mold solution, such as the Concrobium Mold Control Spray, helps keep mold from gaining traction in the first place (or returning). Lastly, if you have a spill onto rugs or carpets, run fans in the room to get rid of moisture fast.

  • 4. Should I use a product that contains bleach to clean up mold?

    In most cases, it’s healthier and safer to treat a mold problem without bleach. However, in some of the more severe cases, or with some individuals who are highly allergic to mold, a professional may suggest using a beach-based cleaner. In general, bleach alone will not eradicate mold. It must be used in combination with other cleaners, so buying a good spray that is designed for mold removal yet contains a bleach solution is a good compromise, rather than straight bleach or bathroom cleaners that don’t target mold specifically.

  • 5. How can I test for mold?

    Before purchasing a property, it’s always a good idea to have a professional test for mold. In some states, it’s mandatory! However, there are other ways to test for mold. At-home test kits, which involve swabbing an area and following the directions on the package to determine results, can be purchased not only online, but at retailers such as ACE hardware. Once you determine if you have a problem, you can look into which mold removing product is best for you. I’ve made the choices easy to see in this article, which highlights seven of the best out there.

  • 6. Does mold have an odor?

    There is often a musty smell associated with mold growth. However, in larger rooms or areas that have other overpowering smells (like kitchens), sometimes an odor cannot be detected. Don’t rely solely on smell to determine if you have mold. Inspect areas visually and use a home test kit, if necessary.

Conclusion

Mold is a highly adaptable, invasive fungus that can grow on just about any surface that has moisture. You will probably have to treat a mold outbreak at some point in your future, perhaps even right now! It’s important to treat mold quickly when you find it because it can be very harmful to people and pets. Many sicknesses are caused by, or worsened by, mold spores. You’ll want to treat the situation with a product that fits your needs. Perhaps you need something more geared for the outdoors. Perhaps you have pets or children at home. Maybe you need something that can cling to surfaces for a longer period of time. And maybe you need something that doesn’t stain surfaces. Whatever your requirements might be, there are products to fit the situation. The top 7 mold removers I’ve mentioned in this article all have their specialties for treating mold and mildew. Keep your family safe and smiling in a mold-free environment. Find the one that fits what you’re looking for, and give that pesky mold invasion the final blow to wipe it out completely.