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Does Dish Soap Kill Mold?

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Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 01:28 pm

Dish Soap is usually made from chemicals and substances that coagulate every appearance of bacteria and microorganisms. They also inhibit the activities of these bacteria and are very effective in cutting them off. Consequently, they are reduced from dishes and surfaces where they can be found.

Dish soap does not kill mold but only washes them off your hands when you use water. Once washed in soapy water and scrubbed with a sponge, dishes can completely be free of molds.

Does Dawn and Vinegar Kill Mold?

Dawn soap and vinegar kill molds. They have been proven to remove molds in the house effectively. Even though Dawn and Vinegar are both used in killing molds, vinegar is more effective than Dawn soap.

This feat is due to the dual antifungal and antibacterial properties of vinegar. So, without further ado, let’s discuss how Dawn and Vinegar kill mold.

Vinegar is very effective in killing bacteria and fungus. By percentage, it kills up to 82% of molds. To apply to affected areas where molds have grown or affected, you can fill a spray bottle with water and 5% vinegar and shake well before application.

Vinegar will take at least 60 minutes to be completely absorbed into a mold colony before you scrub or wipe it off; this, however, depends on the amount of mold the Vinegar is acting upon.

Vinegar has both antifungal and antibacterial properties that is why it is commonly used to get rid of molds. For vinegar to eradicate molds, you should consider the surface on which it is growing and the type of molds found on it.

Dawn soap kills molds by neutralizing the collective mycelium known as the high hyphae. When this happens, the mycelium’s growth is inhibited. Thus, a combo of dawn soap and aspirin helps reduce fungal infection due to mold growth.

You can mix dawn and vinegar to kill molds without any toxic reaction occurring from the mixture. Vinegar is mixed with Dawn soaps to dilute it to be easily spread on any surface without stress.

Do Soap And Water Remove Mold?

Hot water and soap can be conveniently used to wash off mold but may or may not kill them. However, using water and soaps to wash off molds from surfaces is one of the easiest and cheapest methods to control most growth.

It does not require any special skill training or knowledge to be carried out. However, suppose you are particularly not in a position to handle biocidal agents or other hazardous and toxic substances that can kill molds effectively. In that case, it is best to stick to using soap and water.

No guarantee using soap and water will eliminate moles in your house or kitchen surfaces and even dishes. Still, it is worth trying if you cannot afford an experienced person to help you spray chemicals in your house that would keep molds out for good.

Here are some steps you can follow using soap and water to remove molds on your dishes effectively;

  • Mix your soap with Borax inside a bowl of warm water, then gently apply to the area where molds are visible.
  • Pour adequate amount of soap in water and splash on the mold colony
  • Allow the colony to soak up water, then scrub off molds that have grown on hard surfaces with soap and occasionally pour water
  • When you are sure that the area has been scrapped completely, rinse it with water and scrub again at least twice.

Dish soaps make molds lose their stand on dishes. It also helps in deactivating their activities. However, some dish soaps are made from very volatile chemicals such as bleach, which helps kill moles and other bacteria.

Triclosan is an active ingredient used in the making of most dish soaps. It helps in stopping the spread of molds and bacteria. It is therefore known as an antibiotic for killing microorganisms.

It is the constant practice of washing dirty dishes that prevent the spread of molds. However, to wash away and kill the mold on your dishes, you should; wash dishes with warm water, wash thoroughly and change your sponge regularly, at least every week.

You can also gently scrub or scrape the molds appearing on your soap as dark-like or brown structures and rings.

What Kills Mold Permanently?

Molds are extremely difficult to do away with permanently because they grow almost everywhere there is water or moisture. So the best you can do is control their growth.

For example, in the house, you can control molds by:

1. Always keeping the humidity under 60 per cent and not more. This action helps in controlling moisture in the home.

2. As much as you can, avoid leaving wet surfaces for long periods. Clean all wet surfaces as soon as they are noticed.

3. Cultivate the habit of using a vapor steam cleaner from time to time.

4. Repair all broken pipes, broken PVCs and also close all possible leakage areas in the house.

5. Dishes and other home appliances that use water should all be cleaned properly before storage.

6. Rearrange your room to create space for ventilation. For example, you should not place furniture such as chairs close to the wall for easy movement and ventilation.

7. Insulate walls, install dehumidifiers, foundation drains, and thermal drains to give off enough heat for your room to always be dry.

To stop mold from growing in the bathroom, you should;

1. Get a fan for your bathroom. You can turn it on as you bathe and also keep it running to dry every wet surface after you might have been done in the bath. Get a fan that is going to have its size fit perfectly for your bathroom.

2. Use squeegees to dry up showers and bathtubs after baths.

3. As much as you can, repair all leakages and broken pipes in the bathroom.

4. Constantly spray your bathroom with repellents such as vinegar, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide. However, should you mix any of these substances on no account because doing so would produce a toxic or volatile reaction!

If you have experienced a very disturbing effect of molds activities in your home, you can stop it from reoccurring by;

1. Avoid washing indoors, and boiling should not be done for a long time to avoid giving off steam and vapor that will condense and become water droplets. You should cover all pots, kettles, and saucepans carefully.

2. Your heater should constantly remain at 15 degrees Celsius. In addition, the home heater should always be powered on to keep the house warm and dry.

3. You can open all doors and windows at least half an hour every day and even more if you can. Doing this will enable proper ventilation and circulation of air in the house.

4. Always keep surfaces, dishes, floors, and other water-based appliances dry. To better achieve this, you can install extractor fans in your bathroom and kitchen.

5. If you can, ensure to paint your house with anti-mold and anti-condensation paints.


Dish soaps do not kill mold. Nevertheless, soaps are used In washing off molds for mold that would potentially grow on surfaces if allowed. However, some dish soaps are made from volatile chemicals that kill molds and serve as repellents to them.

Molds grow on any moist or wet surface. That is why it is best to be on your toes to get rid of wet areas in the house.

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