by Michelle Ferris on Nov 08, 2016
The cleanliness of your home can have direct implications in your health and the health of your family, friends, and even pets. Additionally, so can what you're using to clean it. If you have mold growing in your home after this long winter, be sure you learn about mold and take care of it!
About 82% of surface molds (on walls, solid furniture, etc) can be killed with a natural-ingredient mixture of either:
Tea Tree Oil
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. The smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours.
If these fail you, a 50% / 50% mixture of water and bleach will also work. Be careful of upholstery, carpet, and other things you don’t want to bleach.
No matter which spray you chose, instructions are simple. Spray chosen mixture on affected area and wipe off mold. Once clean, spray again and allow to evaporate. Repeat as needed. To help keep mold from growing back, maintaining a temperature of 60 degrees or higher is ideal. Also, dehumidifiers tend to help keep the relative humidity down - and give molds a less hospitable place to live.
If you have more than a few spots or along tracks of windows, you may have a more serious mold problem than a spray bottle can handle. Do your research and make sure you don't have a leak, mold overgrowth, or worse, black mold. For most people, a little mold will not cause harm, so long as it is cleaned up. But larger amounts of mold can cause reactions or health problems. See a professional to learn more.
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