Wanna Learn How To Get Rid Of Fungus In Cupboards? Step In!

Have you opened up your cupboard and found fungus growing inside, quickly trying to get all over your clothes? You need to learn how to get rid of the fungus in cupboards. We always think that mould and fungus appear in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. and don’t even realise that we need to keep an eye out for the fungus growing in wardrobes.

Signs of mould in a cupboard

Imagine taking out your treasured silk blouse from one of the shelves and finding fungus all over it! Whether the fungus in your cupboard is due to damp clothing or condensation, you have to get rid of it. Here’s your guide to understanding the kind of mould that grows in wardrobes so that you can get rid of it for good. Let’s get started!

How to Remove Fungus in Cupboards Naturally – Step-by-Step Guide

When dealing with kitchen or bathroom mould, you can easily scrape it off and treat the area with bleach. However, when it comes to fungus in the closets, you can’t use harsh chemicals. Even when diluted, it is very strong and inappropriate for wooden surfaces. Here’s how you can treat mould in a wardrobe.

How to Remove mould Using Vinegar

Vinegar can kill over 82% of the black mould species. For example, you can use it to clean your washing machine. You can use it safely to get rid of the disgusting fungus in your wardrobe.

Things That You Will Need

  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Sprayer Bottle
  • Brush
  • Water

DIY Steps

  1. Take a spray bottle and fill it with distilled white vinegar.
  2. Spray it directly on the surface with fungus on it.
  3. Let the vinegar sit for almost 2 hours so that the mould absorbs the vinegar.
  4. With the help of a scrub brush, remove the mould.
  5. Dampen a cloth in warm water and go all over the surface carefully.
  6. Make sure that the cupboard is thoroughly dry before you use it.
  7. If your clothes have fungus on them, add a cup of vinegar to a bucket of hot water and soak your clothes in it. 

How to Remove Mould Using Baking Soda

Baking soda not only allows you to make tasty baked goods but is also an amazing cleaning agent and disinfectant. It’s used to clean mould from shower curtains and as a moisture and odour absorber for closets as well.

Baking soda isolated on gray background

Things You Will Need 

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Brush
  • Cloth

DIY Steps

  1. Sprinkle great baking soda on the mouldy patch. 
  2. Let the bicarb. soda sit for 1 hour.
  3. Scrub the mould with a brush and then rinse the residue with water.
  4. Spray vinegar over the surface to disinfect it and let it air dry.
  5. You can also create a cleaning solution of 1 tbsp. bicarb. soda and 2 cups of warm water and spray it on the black mould.

How to Remove Mould Using Lemon

Lemon has citric acid, making it a natural, mild bleaching agent. It is an effective, natural mould cleaner. From wardrobes to clothes, you can keep your things mould-free using lemon.

Things That You Will Need

  • Water
  • Lemon
  • Baking Soda
  • Spray Bottle
  • Brush


  1. Take 1 cup of water in a spray bottle and add 5 lemons to it.
  2. Spray the solution over the mouldy area.
  3. Let it sit for 30 minutes, and then scrub the mould with a brush.
  4. If the mould is still there, you can sprinkle some baking soda over the area and then spray it lightly with the lemon solution.
  5. Scrub and clean!

How to Remove mould Using Bleach

You can use bleach as well to get rid of mould. However, you have to take some precautions while using this method. Make sure that you are wearing protective glasses, safety rubber gloves, and a mask to keep the harmful fumes away.

mould on the wall and shelves in a cupboard

Things That You Will Need

  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Water
  • Hard Bristled Brush
  • Cloth
  • Dryer


  1. Mix equal parts water and bleach. Spot test a small area first.
  2. Spray this solution onto the mould and let it sit for an hour.
  3. Take a hard bristled brush and scrub the affected area thoroughly.
  4. Dampen a cloth in hot water and remove the residue.
  5. Dry the area thoroughly using a dryer.

Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Cupboards Fungus-Free

  • Keep the cupboards ventilated

If you notice some wetness, dampness, and other signs of mould in the wardrobe, don’t ignore it. Never take mould problems and infestation lightly. Mould and fungus can trigger various allergic reactions, especially in kids and the elderly. 

Keeping the cupboards ventilated, regularly inspecting the wardrobe for leakage, water damage, etc., can keep the cupboards mould-free. Keep the wardrobe door open to increase light, fresh airflow, and ventilation in the area. 

As homeowners, if no one goes in your room, why not keep the doors open 24/7 to keep the fungus away, mainly if you live in an area with high humidity? Open up the windows, let in as much sunlight and fresh air inside the room and the wardrobe as possible. 

If it is possible, give the wardrobe direct access to sunlight. If that is not possible, you can remove the shelves and drawers inside the cupboard and leave them out in direct sunlight for 12 hours

Mildew and fungus thrive in poorly ventilated, dark, and moist areas. You can keep the bulb inside your cupboard on for a couple of hours each day, especially in the rainy season. Neem has excellent anti-fungal properties and is perfect for keeping fungus and mould at bay. 

  • Keep neem and camphor pouches in the cupboard

Take about 10 to 15 neem leaves. Dry them in the shade. Wrap the neem leaves in a cloth and place them between your clothes or in the corners of the wardrobe. It will keep the mould away, and fungus will no longer grow in your closet.

Similar to neem leaves, camphor also works as a natural mould repellent. Make small pouches with some cloves and a few camphor tablets in them. Keep these pouches inside the cupboard and see how your wardrobe stays fungus free! You can use silica gel pouches as well.

  • Buy a dehumidifier

If you have tried everything else, and still you keep finding traces of fungus and mould in your cupboard, you should invest in a dehumidifier. It will keep the humidity levels in your room optimum, and your wardrobe will be mould-free. You can also get an air purifier to get rid of the mould spores that cause mould in the first place. 

  • Dry the Items Before Keeping them In

Make sure that all your clothes, handbags, shoes, etc., are completely dry before you keep them inside the cupboard. You can get a dehumidifier for drying clothes. If you were wearing a coat in the rain, let it dry thoroughly before hanging it inside the cupboard again. 

  • Select chemical mould removal products carefully

Before you treat mould in a wardrobe with any cleaning product, make sure that you read the instructions carefully. Not every mould removal product works for wooden surfaces, and you can end up ruining your wardrobe.

mould on the wall and shelves of a cupboard

Mould spores are everywhere in the atmosphere. However, they can only grow on wet, damp surfaces. When the inside of a cupboard becomes wet, fungus and mould can thrive and grow in the dark, moist, and cool location.

Not only is mould unattractive, but it also poses lots of health issues, particularly respiratory problems due to the inhalation of the spores. Remove the fungus promptly using the easy, simple to follow methods discussed above. 

Here’s to clean, fresh-smelling, mildew-free wardrobes!

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