Does Bleach Kill Mold and Mildew?

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Does Bleach Kill Mold and Mildew?

Chlorine bleach does not kill mold. Chlorine bleach does not kill mold spores that grow into mold. The notion that bleach kills mold is a myth. Bleach will only change the color of mold and temporarily slow the growth of mold. Eventually the mold will re appear and thrive digesting anything organic or cellulose in its path. The EPA Environmental Protection Agency and the manufacture of Clorox Bleach have both issued statement acknowledges that bleach does not kill mold.

One of the problems with chlorine bleach killing mold is that chlorine bleach is practically 100% water that helps to feed mold. Researchers have stated that the active ingredient in bleach begins to die off almost immediately after the manufacturing process has been completed. Furthermore, researchers have stated that chlorine bleach looses almost 50% of its strength within the first few month of storage and continues to degrade thereafter.

Mold is not going away. Mold is everywhere and it’s here to stay. It’s part of our environment and Mother Nature’s way of cleaning up the earth of unwanted organic material such as dead vegetation, fallen tree leaves and construction materials like wood and paper products. Mold spores are microscopic and naked to the human eye. They are airborne floating though the air landing on anything waiting for water and a nutrient source that will enable the spores to produce mold.

The only way to kill and control mold is to utilize a mold killing product that is approved by the EPA Environmental Protection Agency for the sole purpose of killing and controlling mold.

Remember, bleach does not kill mold and it is impossible to completely get rid of mold. The only course of action against mold is to control the spread of mold and the environment we live in. Keeping areas dry and our climate controlled is the key.

By: Bradley Skierkowski