Eliminating mold in your car: A step-by-step guide


12 Dec 2023

Taking Charge: DIY Steps for Effective Mold Removal in Your Car

Molds in your car can be quite disheartening. Since four-wheelers are prized possessions, you would want them to be new and shining. Sometimes, however, your car may suffer from a mold attack, moisture being the most common reason. Mold is not just an unwanted guest in the car but is also capable of causing various health problems to people sitting inside. In this article, you will understand how to remove mold in cars. Continue reading to know more.

Mold removal: Here's what you need to do

If your vehicle has molds and you want to fix it, here are a few techniques discussed that one can perform on their own at home. You may also take the help of someone experienced or a mechanic for this purpose.

  • Step 1: Dress up

Molds can be deadly if consumed or breathed. Hence, you must get in the proper gear before cleaning molds on your own.

  • Step 2: Dusting

Another step is to take your car to a spot where you want to clean and dust off the exterior of the car.

  • Step 3: Interior

Take out the seat covers, mats, and dashboard covers. Keep them aside. You may clean them once car cleaning is done. If you have a vacuum cleaner, you may use it to remove the evident molds.

  • Step 4: Attack on molds

Now is the time to wipe off molds. For this, you may use a number of cleaning substances, like:

  • White vinegar

Vinegar is acidic and helps kill molds. You can spray it on the affected area and let it settle for 15-20 minutes. Once the molds are dead, wipe them off using paper or clothes.

  • Iodised salt water

Before using it, be aware that salt may affect the leather of your car. So, use this method if you cannot use any other method. Get concentrated salt water and spray it on the affected areas, leave it in sunlight to dry, and then wipe off the area.

  • Clove oil

Mix a quarter teaspoon of clove oil in water (you may also use some baking soda as well). Spray it on the affected area and wipe it off once dried.

  • Mold cleaning solutions

You may also find mold-cleaning solutions in the market. These can also be used as directed to fix the problem or molds in cars.

  • Step 5: Inspect

After cleaning molds, clean the mats and seat covers as well. Before placing them back in the car, inspect and check for any mold residue left.

  • Step 6: If the problem persists, visit the garage

Sometimes, like dents in cars, molds in cars also cannot be easily removed on your own. You may need professional help available at a garage.


Molds in cars can be unsettling, as they make your vehicle look dirty and may also affect its functionality. In case self-help doesn't work, you must take the vehicle to a garage for the best repair. While your Kotak car insurance policy offers comprehensive coverage, maintenance of a car is not covered under it. It is best advised that you keep an eye on any mold issues in your car so that they can be controlled by easy DIY measures.

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