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5 Natural Concoctions to Remove Mold and Mildew

How to remove mold from my walls

Whether you live in a house or apartment, mold and mildew will become a problem at some point and you will opt to use natural methods to clean it up instead of harmful chemical-laden bleaches. After all, chemicals mold removers are as bad for your health as the mold in itself.

The web is full of tips and tricks to help clean up the unhealthy growth of these pesky, musty headaches. And boy do they cause headaches. What other health problems are they responsible for you ask?

  • Allergic reactions: inhaling or touching mold can aggravate allergies, causing fevers, sneezing, runny nose, skin rashes and red eyes.
  • Asthma attacks: another form of allergic reaction, mold can cause asthma attacks, constricting airways and reducing ability to breathe.
  • Irritation: affects the eyes, lungs, throat, nose and skin for both allergic and non-allergic individuals.

Now that the mold has been discovered and an allergic reaction might have developed, you need to figure out the best practices for mold removal, particularly the bathroom. You may discover that any area that is prone to dampness is likely to have mold growth. And it grows. Literally!

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If the damp area is left as is for more than 48 hours, you can bet that colonies will start to form and grow into the walls, on bathroom floors, faucets, etc. Commonly, it’s Clorox bleach is prescribed for mold removal. It has been prescribed for both black mold removal and white mold removal. There are, however, “green” alternatives that are not harmful and equally if not more potent in the removal of unwanted health hazards.

First, to prevent the growth of mold and mildew:

  1. Use a fan or open window while showering to dry out moisture
  2. Make sure wet areas are dry within 24-48 hours
  3. Fix leeks, drips and seepage problems
  4. Remove or replace permanently water-damaged items
  5. Do not install carpets near water sources and make sure rugs dry soon after encountering moisture to prevent problems
  6. Use kitty litter in areas prone to dampness by placing bowls of it around the house and replacing the litter once a week
  7. Replace shower curtains once mold is seen to develop
  8. Invest in a dehumidifier to keep indoor humidity levels low
  9. Clean and repair roof gutters regularly
  10. Make sure there are no items obstructing any of your vents
  11. Use air-conditioners and dry-air heaters to keep the air dry and reduce humidity
  12. Cover cold surfaces like water pipes with insulation

If the mold and mildew have developed, however, there are natural concoctions that can help remove the musky unwanted house guests. So how to remove mold naturally?

  • Vinegar: Use plain white vinegar straight, without diluting, and spray onto moldy areas. Let the vinegar sit for a while and then wipe it completely clean.
  • Tea Tree Oil: As one of the best natural antibacterial agents, tea tree oil works wonders in killing mold and effectively stopping its growth. Combine 2 cups of the oil with 2 cups of warm water and spray directly onto the mold. You may also add half a teaspoon to your laundry if you have mold on your towels. It will wipe away all traces of that musky mildew. Even 10 drops of tea tree oil in a water spray will do the trick and leave the house smelling nice and clean.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Make a spray with 3% peroxide, boosted with vinegar and use on any smooth surface to wipe it clean of any mold that may dare to form.
  • Baking Soda: Use thick, mildly abrasive scrub made by combining baking soda with white vinegar. For a faster lather, combine baking soda with liquid hand soap until its thick as frosting.
  • Vodka: Pick up a bottle of cheap vodka from the liquor store and spritz straight onto the mold. The effects are great and the amusement taken from watching drunkenness kill mold is a plus. Grab a rag or sponge to wipe it clean and voila! You can finish the bottle afterwards, as well.

Mold removal need not become a headache too. Natural ways to clean things up do exist. Make good use and grab a swig of vodka while you're at it.

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