How to Kill Mold and Mildew throughout Your Home

by Editor on July 5, 2013

Moldy wall

Although none of us like the sight of mold or mildew, did you know that there are between 50 to 100 different types that compromise your health? That’s right. Mold and mildew have been directly contributed to headaches, dizziness, allergies, asthma and even skin disorders such as eczema. Aside from the amount of damage that it can do to the structure of the home, protecting the health of both you and your family is just one more reason why if you see any mold or mildew in your home’s space, it’s important that you kill it just as quickly as you possibly can.

If you have noticed some inside of your house and you’d like a few tips on how to remove it, we have five effective ways for you below:

Chlorine bleach. Something that is a powerful agent against both mold and mildew is chlorine bleach. All you need to do is mix a cup of it with a gallon of water and wipe the areas down with a sponge. Because bleach has a significant amount of fumes, we do recommend that you put on a mask and open up some windows while you’re cleaning the area. Also, because bleach stains, only use it on tiles, walls, glass or other hard surfaces.

Tea tree oil. If you would prefer to use something that is equally as potent but has no toxins, then tea tree oil is ideal for you. Simply place two teaspoons of the oil into a spray bottle that already has two cups of water inside of it. Shake well. Then spray the solution and allow the area to completely dry and wipe with space with slightly-damp sponge.

Grapefruit seed extract. Although tea tree oil does not have chemicals in it, one thing that it does have in common with bleach is that the smell tends to be quite strong. So, if you’re looking for something with a milder scent, try going with some grapefruit seed extract. Also with a spray bottle, add ¼ teaspoon of grapefruit seed extract to two cups of water. Spray on the affected surface, let it sit for a couple of hours and then rinse with water. If you’re looking for the best home ventilation solution, this would have to be it.

White vinegar. Another popular mold and mildew remover is white vinegar. For this method, you don’t need to dilute it. Simply pour some into a water bottle, spray the area thoroughly, let it sit for about 15 minutes and then scrub the space down with a brush. After you’re done, wipe both the vinegar as well as the remaining residue with a dry towel.

Baking soda. While a box of baking soda tends to run no more than one dollar, it’s absolutely amazing all of the things that you can do with it. Baking soda can be used as a skin exfoliant; an alternative to toothpaste; a deodorizer for the refrigerator as well as your carpets; a rain repellant for your windshield and yes, as a mold and mildew killer too. All you need to do is pour one quarter of baking soda into a spray bottle filled with water. Then spray the surface, scrub it and immediately wipe it clean. It’s an easy way to make your house mold and mildew free.

photo by: Matti Mattila

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