Natural Mold and Mildew Remover
How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Mold and Mildew Remover
If you’ve been watching the slow creep of mold or mildew as it takes over your bathroom, dreaming of the day when you might be able to treat it without harsh chemicals commonly used to get rid of it, then have you come to the right place! Mold and mildew in themselves can lead to challenging health problems like, but conventional mold and mildew treatment products which usually contain chlorine bleach which can contribute to other health problems, replacing one problem with another. Stopping mold and mildew before they start is the best medicine, but treating them once they’ve arrived without further harm to your health is also important.
Preventing mold and mildew
It helps to know what you’re dealing with (you can find out all about mold on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s site) before you tackle the problem. Once you’ve got a handle on the problem, there are several natural actions you can take to keep mold and mildew from forming in your home in the first place:
- Clean spills and condensation: As soon as liquids are spilled indoors, clean them up as soon as possible. The same goes for moisture build-ups along windows, walls, or pipes.
- Ideal humidity: If you live in a moist climate or home, use a dehumidifier to keep the relative humidity between 30% and 50% (definitely below 60% at the minimum).
- Proper ventilation: Be sure that all moisture-producing appliances are properly vented outside, including clothes dryers, kerosene heaters, stoves, and bathroom fans. Opening doors and windows can help to keep air moving.
- Fix plumbing leaks: Where there’s a leaking toilet, faucet, or pipes there may be mold. Ensure that these are repaired so that you prevent the buildup of moisture.
Natural ways to remove mold and mildew
Once moisture, mold, and mildew get a foothold in your home, you’ll need to deal with them, but as we’ve said, conventional products aren’t exactly eco-friendly or natural, but these solutions are a great way to tackle the problem (always wear gloves and a mask to prevent exposure to mold spores):
- Remove infected materials: Whether it’s books, stuffed animals, boxes, or pillows, if you’ve got things that are already full of mold, it’s best to dispose of them by recycling or composting them (if possible) or throwing them away.
- Clean textiles: If it’s your rugs or curtains that are infected with mold or mildew, you can often get rid of the offending organisms by washing them in hot water. For dry clean only items, take them to a natural dry cleaning shop to have them cleaned.
- Clean ducts and furnace: Your heating system including furnace and ducts may be contaminated with mold, in which case you may need to have your air ducts and furnace cleaned.
Cleaning tiles and other hard surfaces of mold and mildew can be a challenge, but these are several things you can do instead of resorting to toxic chemicals:
- Tea tree oil: With natural antibacterial qualities, tea tree oil is great at killing mold and mildew. Simply combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle, shake, and spray where needed.
- Grapefruit seed extract: With no odor, grapefruit seed extract works as well as tea tree oil without the scent. Mix 2 cups of water with 20 drops of the oil, shake, and spray.
- Vinegar or hydrogen peroxide: Spray white distilled vinegar or hydrogen peroxide onto the affected area and let it sit.
- Baking soda: Make a paste of baking soda and water and spread on the mold. Allow to site for several hours then scrub away with a soft bristle brush or toothbrush.