Natural Mold and Mildew Removal Tips


| 9/16/2016 2:01:00 PM


Tags: mold, moisture, home care, natural cleaning, Zoe Clark,


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There is almost not a single house that didn’t have a moisture issue. Unfortunately, the moisture doesn’t just come and go – it leaves mold behind. Exposure to mold can cause many health issues, including breathing difficulties, headaches and skin and eye irritation. As a conscious consumer, you probably won’t want to worsen these symptoms with heavy chemicals contained in most commercial mold treatments. Luckily, there are healthier ways to deal with this problem. Here are some organic remedies for this unsightly and hazardous threat.

A Dehumidifier

A wet environment is the empire of mold and mildew—they grow and thrive in it. You can help cut this problem off at its root by removing the moisture from the space. Invest in a dehumidifier, which should keep humidity levels below 50 percent (the threshold for mold growth), and you won’t have to use chemicals or toxins to get rid of this menace. Also, dry the space as much as you can by opening the windows regularly, using ventilation fans, and checking for leaky plumbing.

An Air-Purifier

Another neat machine that can contribute to your cause is an air-purifier. It will help eliminate persistent mold and mildew spores, and keep health risks at a minimum.

Natural Grout and Tile Sealant

Unfinished tiles and unsealed grout in the bathroom and the kitchen leave the door open for mold and mildew growth. You’ll notice such issues if the grout is holding water for longer than it should, or if it’s staining. Luckily (for clay tiles, at least) there’s a natural way to reseal them with boiled linseed oil and melted beeswax.

Vinegar

If you are a natural cleaning devotee, then you surely know that plain white vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners you can find. Since it’s naturally antibacterial, you don’t have to mix it with any other ingredient. Just pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and apply directly on the mold and mildew “colonies.” Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then wipe it away with a sponge or a cloth.




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