How to kill mold and mildew without bleach

kill mold and mildew without bleach

Mold and mildew are disgusting. I used to think that bleach was the only way to kill it and get rid of it forever. However, the toxic fumes are dangerous and I don’t want to have to banish my kids away from the bathroom, open all the windows and don a bio-hazard suit just to clean my shower. So I set out to find a way to kill mold and mildew without bleach.

It just takes three ingredients — borax, vinegar and water. I found the perfect formula of those three ingredients and tested it on my moldy shower. Yes, the pictures below are my shower. Please don’t call the health department, my showers aren’t usually like this. I let it go just for this experiment and to show you, dear reader, the before and after. You’re welcome.

Here’s the before. I must warn you — swallow your coffee or tea. Make sure you’re sitting. Take the children to another room. It ain’t pretty and we don’t want to scare the little darlings.






Are you sure??







Please don’t judge……





moldy shower before



Are you ok? I know that was gross. Sorry. It had to be done, though to show you how effective this remedy is! So here it is:

Shower Mold & Mildew Cleaner
An effective mold and mildew cleaner for the shower WITHOUT bleach!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1/2 c Borax
  2. 1/2 c White Vinegar
  3. 1 c Warm Water
  1. Put ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until borax is dissolved. Spray on moldy surfaces and let sit for 20-30 minutes, or while you clean the rest of the bathroom. Scrub with a brush then wipe away with a sponge.
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Easy peasy, right? Ok, so this is how I used it. I sprayed the mixture on my shower and let it sit while I cleaned the rest of the bathroom. Then I sprayed it with my Tub & Tile Cleaner (recipe for that to come soon) and scrubbed with a shower brush. You could also use an old toothbrush. Then I wiped it away with a wet sponge and voila!

clean shower without bleach

Better, right? I know it doesn’t look completely clean but that’s as clean as this shower is going to get. The “mold” you do see is what was left from the previous renters and the landlord just caulked over it. Nice, huh? I was so happy that this actually worked! And when I say I scrubbed, I didn’t really have to scrub too hard. If you have a decently stiff brush, like this one, you won’t have to work too hard.

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Melanie is the founder of and main mom behind Mommy Has Cents. As a wife and mother of five children in a one income household, she needed to find ways to give her children the life they deserve without having to sacrifice too much. She taught herself how to coupon, how to make everything from basic household cleaner to cloth diapers and how to shop to get the best deals. Now, she wants to share this with you! Follow along and you'll be living a champagne life on a beer budget in no time!

16 thoughts on “How to kill mold and mildew without bleach

    • oh no! I had some moldy diapers once and I just threw them out! They were prefolds, though so I wasn’t too upset about it. If it was a $20 diaper I would’ve thought twice! Good luck and let me know if it works! :)

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