How to Clean Mold Off Bathroom Ceiling with Vinegar

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Your bathroom ceiling might not be the first place you check for mold, but a damp bathroom with poor ventilation is an ideal breeding ground for those pesky spores. 

You might notice some mold in the ceiling, and this can be a sign that it’s time to take care of some serious cleaning. You and your family’s health are at risk.

Molds can cause respiratory problems. Good thing you can easily clean mold off by using vinegar.

Without further ado, here’s how to clean moldy bathroom ceilings with white vinegar.

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush, sponge, or cloth to clean and dry the ceiling
  • Mask, cleaning gloves, and safety glasses to wear while cleaning, especially if you’re sensitive to it or have asthma/breathing problems.
  • (Optional) Straight edge scraper if there’s a lot of mold on your ceiling.
  • (Optional) Spray Bottle


  1. Wear a protective mask, safety glasses, and gloves.
  2. Open bathroom doors and windows.
  3. Get a bucket and fill it with equal parts vinegar and water. You can also use a spray bottle if you want.
  4. Use a sponge to apply the vinegar solution to the moldy area on your ceiling by dipping it into the solution and then using it as an eraser, rubbing off as much mold as possible. If you use a spray bottle, spray directly on the moldy area and scrub with a sponge or brush.
  5. Rinse off the sponge in clean water and use it to rinse the area to remove the vinegar smell.
  6. Use a cloth to dry the area. Leave the windows and door open to let air in.

Why Use Vinegar?

Vinegar is a great cleaning agent because it’s a natural disinfectant and mildew remover. It’s also non-toxic, safe to use, and cheap. You can buy it at most grocery stores or drugstores.

Benefits of Having Mold-Free Bathroom Ceiling

As you can see, there are many benefits of a mold-free bathroom ceiling. Here are just a few:

  • Fewer health issues. Mold can cause health issues like allergies and asthma, as well as lung infections in people who are already ill.
  • Avoid damage to your home. If mold is left untreated, it can cause serious damage to your home’s structure and interior finishes—and that could result in costly repairs!
  • No expensive cleanup costs. Mold removal from ceilings is time-consuming and labor-intensive—not to mention expensive.


With this method, you should be able to clean molds off your bathroom ceiling naturally with vinegar. Even if it seems like a simple problem at first glance, don’t forget that cleaning up any kind of mold—even something as seemingly innocuous as on your bathroom ceiling—can have serious health effects. 

For those like me with weakened immune systems or breathing problems (like asthma), the consequences can be even worse. 

If you’re not sure you can handle cleaning out your bathroom yourself, consider hiring a professional to help; they might also be able to offer some more advanced cleaning solutions. 

If you’re looking for more bathroom cleaning tips, read my article on How to Clean Mirrors with Vinegar.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy  

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