The base cabinets in the bathroom and the base cabinet that covers the structure of the kitchen sink are at risk of generating moisture, mold, stains and damage. It is very easy to clean mold from these cabinets and eliminate excess moisture . We show you how to do it in this cleaning guide!
Bad-smelling or damaged base cabinets? The base cabinets in the bathroom and, specifically, the base cabinet that covers the structure of the kitchen sink, are areas that tend to generate humidity and are very prone to the growth of mold, fungi and other bacteria.
Cleaning the mold generated is very simple, but completely eliminating the moisture that is produced is a bit more complicated, although not impossible. We teach you how to clean the mold from the cupboard under the kitchen sink and the mold that appears on the base cabinets in the bathroom . All this with homemade tricks and very cheap products that will help you keep that excess moisture at bay.
Signs that indicate there is moisture in the cabinets
The first thing you have to do is identify if there is moisture in the bathroom and kitchen cabinets . The most obvious signs are the following:
- 1. Bad smell.
- 2. Chipping of cabinet doors.
- 3. The appearance of mold and mildew on the furniture (black stains).
If your cabinets show these signs of moisture, it’s time to put on your gloves and clean up.
Well, after checking that the humidity is actually making a dent and spoiling your furniture, have disinfectant products for the bathroom or kitchen on hand, as we must eliminate all the mold that has appeared or is emerging in your base cabinets.
Cleaning mold from kitchen and bathroom base cabinets
Two essential products to kill mold are bleach (bleach) and ammonia (ammonia liquid) . Both products are excellent at removing mold from furniture at the root and preventing its appearance. Besides being very cheap products, you can find them in any supermarket or department store. You just have to come up and ask for any of them.
Before starting these cleaning recipes, use latex gloves, since bleach and ammonia are highly corrosive products for the skin. Also avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth.
Important: Never, for any reason, mix both products . The mixture of the two generates highly toxic vapors. Always use them separately and diluted in water.
Cleaning mold with bleach or bleach
In a sprayer, pour one part bleach or bleach to three parts water. That is, for every liter of water, add 20 ml of bleach . Spray the affected surfaces, let the bleach kill the mold for 10-15 minutes, and rinse with a cloth or sponge. Then we will discard that cloth or sponge.
Repeat the process a second time to make sure you’ve removed as much mold as possible. When rinsing with a lint-free cloth, leave the cabinets open to dry.
Cleaning mold with ammonia
Another excellent product for removing mold that has appeared in kitchen and bathroom cabinets is ammonia. In a sprayer pour 1 liter of water and a cap of liquid ammonia . Spray the mixture on the places where mold has appeared and let it act for 10 to 15 minutes . Then start cleaning with kitchen paper or an old cloth (which we will discard later). Like the previous case, it is very important to leave the cabinets open to dry.
As we have been saying, the areas of greatest conflict (because they present higher humidity than the rest of the house) are, by default, the base units, that is, those that cover the structure of the kitchen sink and the furniture that covers the structure of the sink. In these cabinets it is customary to store cleaning products, garbage cans or others. That is why it is very important to always have them ventilated and clean.
The fact that humidity is generated in these cabinets is a serious problem, since it can indicate that something is wrong in the environment of your home. It can be a specific humidity problem or it can be general affecting other furniture. When you’ve cleaned the mold out of these cabinets, it’s time to tackle the root problem: moisture .
How to get rid of the humidity in these base cabinets?
To prevent moisture from wreaking havoc again and priming with these cabinets, it is essential to maintain a cleaning frequency and ventilate the house daily . In this case, ventilation is essential to prevent the re-generation of moisture and mold.
For example, after showering, always leave the bathroom door open. Before going to work, leave these cabinets open. Thus the circulating air is constantly renewed.
To keep mold at bay, clean these base units with bleach or ammonia at least once a week. If you prefer to use less abrasive products, we recommend using our homemade multipurpose par excellence: a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar , 1 cup of hot water and the juice of 1 lemon . If you use this solution, your furniture will always be disinfected and smells good!
Products that keep moisture at bay
In the market you can also find products that will help you maintain the ideal humidity in the cabinets. There are dehumidifiers , which convert humid air into dry air, and compact dehumidifiers, which directly trap moisture from the environment.
We recently taught you how to remove moisture from clothing closets , and in that article we indicated that there are other products, this time natural, that also help to keep moisture from closets at bay: it consists of making bags with rice or wrap a piece of charcoal and place it in the cupboards to trap excess moisture . As you can see, it is very easy to get rid of moisture and dirt from these cabinets.
As always, consistency when cleaning is a determining factor in maintaining good hygiene at home and, why not, also good health.