Mum shares how she cleaned her mouldy bathroom as experts warn against using bleach and sprays

Mum shares her ‘amazing’ mould transformation and the ONE product she used to do it – but others have raised alarms about her method

  • An Aussie mum has shared how she transformed her mouldy bathroom ceiling 
  • She used a 30-second mould spray that made the ceiling look like brand new 
  • Sharing the results to Facebook, the woman said the spray was ‘amazing’
  • However many in the comments said mould sprays an bleach only mask mould 
  • The pointed out the pores are only bleached white and are likely to come back 
  • Experts back this claim and advise using clove oil, vinegar or bi-card soda 

An Australian mum has shared how she transformed her mouldy bathroom ceiling using one ‘miracle’ product. 

The woman took to Facebook to reveal how she used a 30-second Mould Off spray from Bunnings to completely rid her bathroom ceiling of the harmful fungi. 

However many in the comments pointed out the product contains bleach so could only be masking black mould spores that will inevitably come back.  

Before: Aussie mum shows off her incredible cleaning hack where she made black mould on her bathroom ceiling look as if it has completely disappeared using one product

After: The woman took to Facebook to reveal how she used a 30-second Mould Off spray from Bunnings to completely rid her bathroom ceiling of the harmful fungi

Before and after: Aussie mum shows off her incredible cleaning hack where she made black mould on her bathroom ceiling look as if it has completely disappeared using one product

‘Couldn’t recommend this product more, I’m amazed,’ the mum wrote in the post. 

‘The yellow is when the mould off is setting/softening the mould which essentially is the easiest time to wipe off with a damp cloth,’ she added. 

Her post attracted a string of comments with many warning the cleaning enthusiast that mould sprays and harsh chemicals only bleach the spores making it only look like they’ve been eliminated.  

‘As great as it looks. It will return. It’s a bleach based product and all it has done is discoloured the mould. It’s still there…you just can’t see it,’ one woman advised. 

However many in the comments pointed out the product contains bleach so could only be masking black mould spores that will inevitably comes back

However many in the comments pointed out the product contains bleach so could only be masking black mould spores that will inevitably comes back

Previously experts have backed claims bleach and harsh chemicals only mask spores with many recommending using clove oil and vinegar instead so stop it from coming back

Previously experts have backed claims bleach and harsh chemicals only mask spores with many recommending using clove oil and vinegar instead so stop it from coming back

‘It just bleaches the mould, it WILL come back. Mould needs to be professionally treated and removed,’ a second responded. 

‘Make sure you also treat it with clove oil so it doesn’t come back,’ another recommended adding the oil can be found at the chemist or health food store. 

‘Do you use heat lights? When I’ve used mine n the past it made the mould spread like a wildfire so now I’ve banned everyone from using them,’ asked a fourth to which the mum said she does and suspects it’s ‘adding fuel to the fire’. 

Previously experts have backed claims bleach and harsh chemicals only mask spores with many recommending using clove oil and vinegar instead to stop it from reappearing. 

Professional cleaners also recommend using eucalyptus and bi-carb soda, advise keeping the air-conditioning on at a cool temperature, and suggested using gloves and a face masks for safety while removing mould.

According to mycologist, Heike Neumeister-Kemp, who studies fungi for a living, using bleach and harsh chemicals is one of the worst ways to remove the toxic growths from your home.  

‘The fungi contain melanin and the bleach just takes the colour out, but the fungi are still there, you are just masking it,’ she told the ABC.

‘Six weeks later it appears to come back but it was never gone.’ 

Cleaners recommend using eucalyptus and bi-carb soda, advise keeping the air-conditioning on at a cool temperature, and suggested using gloves and a face masks while removing mould

Cleaners recommend using eucalyptus and bi-carb soda, advise keeping the air-conditioning on at a cool temperature, and suggested using gloves and a face masks while removing mould

One of the most productive ways of removing thick strands of mould is with a solution of vinegar and water. 

You simply take 80 per cent vinegar and 20 per cent water and put it into three buckets. 

What’s the best way to remove mould?

 You simply take 80 per cent vinegar and 20 per cent water and put it into three buckets. 

‘Grab a microfibre cloth, dip it into the first bucket and clean a patch of mould,’ Better Homes and Gardens wrote.

‘Rinse the cloth in the second bucket and rinse again in the third. Repeat until all of the mould is cleaned off.’ 

This works according to Mr Neumeister-Kemp because vinegar attacks the fungi ‘mechanically’. 

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Dip a microfibre cloth into the first bucket and clean a patch of mould, then rinse the cloth in the second bucket.

Rinse again in the third and repeat until all the mould is cleaned off.

This works according to Mr Neumeister-Kemp because vinegar attacks the fungi ‘mechanically’.  

‘So it actually, via osmosis, penetrates into the structure and explodes it, so you actually kill the fungi.’ 

Big Red Carpet Cleaning in Townsville offered some tips on how to stay safe around particularly large infestations.

‘Vacuum over the mould with a hepa vacuum to remove mould spores growing in the area,’ they wrote on Facebook. 

‘Keep your air conditioning on and set at 21-22 degrees to prevent the humidity from spreading more mould.’

For cleaning mould from carpet ABC Local Radio’s cleaning expert Shannon Lush recommends two tablespoons each of bi-carb soda, white vinegar and methylated spirits, and two teaspoons each of eucalyptus and glycerine. 

Sydney-based cleaner Ricky, who runs Ricky’s Cleaning Services, wanted to make it quite clear that safety around mould was the number one priority.

‘You need to wear gloves and a face mask to remove it,’ he told FEMAIL.

‘If any room has extreme mould it’s better to scrub it off instead of spraying chemicals to treat it. If it’s mild mould you can spray Exit Mould onto the area and brush it away.’ 

Could mould be making you sick? Here are the common symptoms to look out for 

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anorexia (loss of appetite, not to be confused with anorexia nervousa)
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Jaundice
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Food allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Balance problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vertigo
  • Seizures 

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