Does Rubbing Alcohol Get Rid of Black Mold?

by Allied / Monday, 28 December 2020 / Published in Mold Remediation
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Inhaling mold spores can cause serious health complications. If you have asthma, have a weak immune or respiratory system, then there is a higher possibility that you experience more severe symptoms when you get exposed to molds. 

To prevent that, you would want to get rid of black mold most efficiently and effectively. How do you do this? 

With everyone keeping a pile of rubbing alcohol in their homes to avoid getting infected by Covid, will it also help remove black molds?

Why Use Rubbing Alcohol For Mold Removal

Here are the top five reasons using alcohol to remove molds is not such a bad choice:

  1. It dries up fast. Molds thrive on moisture. During the cleanup process, since alcohol dries up quickly, it won’t add to the moisture which may already be existing on the surface. 
  2. Alcohol is cheap and accessible. Almost all, if not all, households have at least one form of alcohol inside their homes. If you don’t have any, you can easily go to the market or convenience store to buy one. 
  3. Alcohol can be used on any surface. 
  4. It is not toxic. 

Remember that using alcohol is not a one-time solution. To prevent or “kill” molds, you would need to address the root of the problem and act from there. Also, using alcohol may not be suitable for all types of molds. Employ alternative methods for harsher environments. 

Will Rubbing Alcohol Kill Molds?

The simple answer is – yes. However, this approach only works for mild cases. 

If you’re planning on using rubbing alcohol, it will require a higher concentration level to make it more effective. Don’t go below 60% when diluting. Otherwise, it won’t be enough to clean the area. Reduce the amount of water if you are not using 99% rubbing alcohol. 

If not using rubbing alcohol, any alcohol will do the trick. You can use denatured, vodka, rubbing, or isopropyl alcohol.  

Interestingly, the composition of vodka makes it more effective. Vodka contains more acetaldehyde because it is less filtered and distilled. Also, its alcohol content is likely pure. This composition acts as a poison to molds, making it easier to clean up. 

Moreover, alcohol in itself dries up quickly and works against molds that love moisture. Using alcohol to clean surfaces won’t “kill” black molds, but it helps remove traces of it on areas where you don’t want to use bleach or other harsh chemicals. 

How to Use Rubbing Alcohol to Kill Mold

When you are ready to clean up, take note of the following:

  1. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Avoid any skin contact with the molds, most especially if you have sensitive skin. Put on a mask so that you don’t inhale any fumes. 
  2. You can start using other methods first, like using a detergent and water solution, then using alcohol to disinfect later. 
  3. Depending on how much space you are planning to clean, make sure to follow a 1:1 ratio for alcohol and water. If you’re using rubbing alcohol, mix 3/4 cup of water and 99% rubbing alcohol. 
  4. You can mix one part alcohol and one part water in a spray bottle.
  5. Spray the mixture on books, leather, and furniture to remove visible stains.  
  6. Let it settle for 15 minutes before wiping it dry. 
  7. Blot or wipe the spot gently. Do it mildly, most especially for items with more delicate material. 
  8. You may also use a cloth or brush to help harder to remove areas. 
  9. Give it time to dry under the sun to remove moisture. Make use of absorbent material to help dry out any remaining moisture. You would want the moisture gone to reduce the growth of molds. 
  10. Repeat as deemed necessary. 

Rubbing Alcohol Only Bandaids the Mold Issue

Address the root cause of the issue. Find out what is causing molds to grow. Reduce the mold’s moisture and take appropriate steps to manage the situation. If you don’t take immediate action, molds can pose serious health risks to your family. 

Molds don’t only damage the physical condition of your belongings; they bring about health risks too. Household members with respiratory or immune system issues are more vulnerable.  

Removing molds can be tricky but follow the steps outlined in this article, and you’d be off at a good start. If you need more assistance removing the mold, give professional mold remediation experts a call at 406-756-4357