How can I clean mold out of a car seat?

I have three kids who all play different sports. I often volunteer to drive some of my kids’ teammates to and from practice. To say my car is always a stinky mess is an understatement, but there’s been a new smell recently. I noticed some mold growing on one of the seats while cleaning. I know this can be dangerous, but how can I clean mold out of a car seat?

Answer
You seem like quite the carpool parent and I’m sure the other parents greatly appreciate your offering to drive!
You’re right though, mold is dangerous for your health and can cause an unpleasant smell. Luckily, removing mold from your car’s seat is relatively easy, and you only need a few common household items.
To remove the mold from your vehicle, you will need:
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Vacuum
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrub brush
  • Mask
Once you have the supplies and you’re ready to clean, you should:
  • Move your car into direct sunlight and open all the doors to clear out any floating particles
  • Mask up to avoid inhaling harmful particles and remove any trash or personal belongings
  • Inspect the interior to locate the affected areas
  • Break up large clusters of mold using the scrub brush
  • Vacuum the interior
  • Fill the spray bottle with vinegar and thoroughly saturate the affected areas
  • Use the scrub brush to work the vinegar into the area
  • Allow the surfaces to dry completely and leave the doors open to help air out the vinegar smell, although it should go away once dry
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 15, 2021
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