While there are many ways to eradicate mold from your home, some cleaning agents may be highly toxic to you and detrimental to the environment. There are many ways to get rid of mold using natural ingredients.
Natural Ways To Rid Your Home Of Mold
It’s best to prevent mold before it can spread. If there are any leaks in your home, repair them. Dry any moist or wet areas as quickly as possible, and ventilate spots in your home where humidity is higher. However, if mold already exists, there a few household products that will help you combat it safely:
Vinegar is a cheap, naturally-antimicrobial substance you can use to clean places where mold has grown. No need to dilute it—just spray it directly on the moldy spot, wipe it clean, and watch it disappear.
Tea Tree Oil
Just a few drops tea tree oil, combined with water in a spray bottle, will also do the trick as far as mold is concerned. This natural fungicide will not only eliminate mold and mildew but leave your house smelling lovely. Spray it on the offending spot and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it clean.
Grapefruit Seed Oil
Unlike tea tree oil, grapefruit seed oil has no scent but is also effective in killing mold. This extract has been found to inhibit members of several classes of microbes and parasites, including thirty different types of fungi. Prepare and apply to the affected area much in the same way you would tea tree oil.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are products most people have in their homes and are also essential in the battle against mold. Baking soda not only deodorizes (say goodbye to musty smells!) it will absorb moisture and keep mold at bay.
As a common household item, this is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. This works by oxidizing the surface of the mold that breaks down when the hydrogen peroxide releases
oxygen. Its’ effervescence makes it very efficient in killing mold on porous surfaces.
Distilled Ethanol / Vodka
Sometimes the smells from the above methods may be too much to handle, such as vinegar. Using distilled grain alcohols such as vodka can kill mold quickly. No need to get the expensive stuff, save that for your party and friends. Go cheap! The cheap stuff has more congeners like acetaldehyde so it’s much more toxic to fungus.
Soap & Water
Using detergents are are a sure-fire way to stop the beginning stages of mold using a scrubber. Keep repeating until the mold is gone, and continue for a few days just in case to make sure it does not have a chance to grow back.
How To Tackle A Bigger Mold Problem
If your mold issues are more substantial in size (i.e., the mold-affected areas take up more than 10 square feet in your home), it’s best to call in a mold remediation specialist to assess the damage and come up with a solution to remove it safely.
What Causes Mold?
Mold needs certain conditions to thrive. For spores to grow, they need a food source (wood, cotton, and drywall are some examples), oxygen, darkness, warmth, moisture, and time—and not as much as you think. With this perfect storm of elements, mold can proliferate in a short period—from just 24-48 hours. As these items are widely present in most every home, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on mold growth. High humidity caused by leaky pipes and roofs, wet clothes, condensation, or just living in a moist climate, can help mold spores grow and multiply in no time.
How Can Mold Affect Your Health?
Mold exposure can cause allergies and irritation in sensitive individuals—symptoms including nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, coughing, and skin irritation. Some may have even more severe reactions, including include fever and asthma. Mold infections in a person’s lungs may cause a chronic illness, such as obstructive lung disease.