Best mold spray — 5 mildew and mold-busting buys

Our pick of the best mold spray buys will get rid of mildew and more in no time

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The best mold spray will eliminate the annoying black marks that appear in many people's bathrooms and kitchens – and sometimes in more unusual places. 

We've rounded up the best products for tackling mold growth – but please bear in mind that if mold is caused by a structural issue in the home, a spray won't solve it. 

We present a selection of the most effective sprays, as well as a brush-on product that is great for tiles in bathrooms. These cleaning products can be safely used around the home – just remember to open the windows as you use them – but we have also found a bleach-free option for those who are worried about using harsh chemicals in the home.

Best mold sprays

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Astonish Mold & Mildew Remover

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1. Astonish Mould & Mildew Remover

The very best mould spray, bar none

Specifications

Best for: All-rounder
Type: Spray
Size: 750ml

Reasons to buy

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Cruelty free and vegan
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No need to scrub
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Can be used on multiple surfaces
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A little goes a long way

Reasons to avoid

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Extremely strong, so follow instructions carefully
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Comes out fast

A highly effective, fast-acting mould spray, Astonish Mould and Mildew blaster is our pick of the best mould spray you can buy. 

For use on walls, UPVC window frames, glass, plastic shower curtains and much more, a little goes a long way to remove mould stains and most of all, kill 99.9% of bacteria. Spray it on the affected area, leave for around 10 minutes and wipe clean. No scrubbing required – it's as simple as that. Because this mould and mildew blaster is so strong and effective, be careful when spraying as it does come out fast, and if you spray too much on your walls or leave it on for too long, it could remove paint or make it run.

HG Mould Spray spray bottle

2. HG Mould Spray

The best mould spray for bathrooms

Specifications

Best for: Bathroom
Type: Spray
Size: 500ml

Reasons to buy

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Good for tiles and grout
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Multi purpose

Reasons to avoid

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Smell is strong

It's easy for bathrooms to develop mold, but it can be extremely difficult to get rid of, especially if the stains are deep into your sealant or grout. This mould spray is very effective at getting at tough mould stains (and it can be used to remove coffee or tea stains from worktops, too). Spray HG Mould Spray onto the affected area and leave for around 10 minutes. Rinse off with water and a sponge, and if there's still a stain, repeat the process. As with the majority of mould removers, this spray does smell quite strong.

Blitz That Mould Brush-On Mould Remover Gel

3. Blitz That Mould Brush-On Mould Remover Gel

The best mould spray for targeting hard to reach areas

Specifications

Best for: Targeting areas
Type: Brush
Size: 250ml

Reasons to buy

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Little to no smell
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Great for targeting areas

Reasons to avoid

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Comes out fast so product is sometimes wasted
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Brush needs washing frequently
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Not suitable for use on enamel, marble, aluminium, wood and granite

An ideal product if you have mold growing near wires or in an intricate place where a precise application is required, this mold remover has a brush head so you can apply the product directly to target the affected area. It also works within minutes and doesn't have a very strong smell, which is a bonus. Using the brush, spread the gel evenly over the stain and leave it to work for 30 minutes. Wipe with a wet cloth and for very stubborn stains, repeat. You'll need to wash the brush head during application over a large area or you'll spread the mold, but overall it's a pretty effective product. 

Be warned: it comes out fast and it cannot be used on enamel, marble, aluminum, wood or granite.

Cif Perfect Finish Mould Stain Removal Spray

4. Cif Perfect Finish Mould Stain Removal Spray

The best mould spray for getting it out of your tiles

Specifications

Best for: Tiles
Type: Spray
Size: 435ml

Reasons to buy

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Comes out lightly
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Works great on grout

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't work so well on silicone sealant 

With a different spray head to give a lighter application, Cif Perfect Finish Mould Stain Removal Spray removes black mould stains from tiles within minutes. An ideal product to have in your bathroom cleaning basket. Spray it onto the mould from a distance and leave the product to work for 15 to 20 minutes. You can then either rinse with water or let the product dry on its own. While it doesn't do an amazing job on silicone (which, in our experience, is a difficult surface to remove mould from once it's established anyway), it can transform an otherwise rundown bathroom very quickly. 

Ecozone Mould Remover

5. Ecozone Mould Remover

The best eco-friendly mould remover which is bleach free

Specifications

Best for: Eco-friendly
Type: Spray
Size: 500ml

Reasons to buy

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Eco-friendly
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Bleach free
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Vegan; cruelty-free
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Pet friendly
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Recyclable

Reasons to avoid

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Won't work on tough mould or on silicone 

This non-toxic bleach-free mold cleaner is ideal for those who are eco-conscious. It acts to remove mold quickly and can be used on several surfaces. The best part is that because it's bleach-free and non-toxic, it has little to no smell and is safe to use around pets. To use, simply spray on the (dry) affected area and wait until the product dries. Wipe clean with a damp cloth afterward. Because the product has no bleach in, it won't work on stubborn mold or mold which is deep into silicone or grout (but then even the toughest products sometimes struggle with this). Other than that, in our opinion, this is the best mold spray for eco-friendly homes.

How to buy the best mold spray

There are a few things to bear in mind when purchasing one of the best mold sprays, such as:

Application method

Now, we know this is a list of the best mold sprays, but there's one product that comes with a brush for tidier application on those intricate areas. Most of the others are sprays that you will need to wipe with a paper towel, or something similar.

What your needs are

Perhaps you're eco-conscious and want a mold spray that is non-toxic, or you need something to specifically remove mould from your bathroom; whatever the problem, purchase a product to specifically target that area. If not, go for our first pick, Astonish Mould & Mildew Remover, which can remove mold from just about anywhere. 

Remember:

As with the majority of cleaning products, once you've sprayed mold remover, you should open your windows to allow air to circulate the room, as the smell can be overpowering.

How to prevent mold from coming back

Mold likes damp, cool conditions, so eliminate the two as much as possible. The two key factors to preventing mold from reappearing in your home are: 1) ventilation, and 2) appropriate heating. Air your house regularly, even in winter (10 minutes a day during cold months is fine). Homes that aren't adequately heated are especially prone to mold: you need the dry air to discourage the spores from growing. 

Finally, if the problem is serious, you'll need to invest in damp proofing and insulation. If you're in rented accommodation, it's your landlord's legal responsibility to make sure your home is structurally sound to prevent damp and mold. Don't be afraid to contact your local council about this problem. 

Find out more about how to insulate your home in our guide.

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Annie Collyer
Head Ecommerce Editor

Hi! I'm Annie, and I'm the Head Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes. I've been part of the Real Homes team since 2018, when I joined as Deals Editor. Along with covering major sales events — from Black Friday to Amazon Prime Day — I review home must-haves so that you can buy with peace of mind. Mostly focusing on home fragrance and sleep, as well as a few vacuum cleaners, I've tested pretty much every item you can think of that you need in your home. I live on the outskirts of the city in a two-bed apartment with my husband and my pug, Doug. So I am always searching for compact alternatives and ways to save floor space. What about when I am not typing away? Well, you'll find me enjoying an iced coffee (no matter the season) and trying out the latest brunch spots the city has to offer, or booking my next holiday. Where else can you find my words? Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home, Gardeningetc, and Woman & Home.

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