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Natural Mold Removal Products You Can Make Yourself

Natural Mold Removal Products You Can Make Yourself

[ 0 ] July 23, 2010

There are dozens of mold removal products on the market. You can walk into any grocery or hardware store and find what you need. With so many options available, deciding what to use can be difficult. Even worse, some of the products contain harsh chemicals. You want to kill the mold, but you don’t want to choke yourself in the process. A solution is to use natural cleaning products. You can make these at home with common household products.

First, you should know that bleach does not kill mold. So if you think bleach will do the trick, you’ve got it wrong. Some ingredients that should work include tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract and vinegar. All three of these items should be easy to find. Check your local grocery or health food store. These items might not work as quickly as a commercial cleaner, but they are better for your health.

Vinegar is the easiest ingredient to obtain. You probably already have some in your kitchen. It’s also the cheapest ingredient of the three. Genuine tea tree oil costs more, and will probably only be available from a health food store. It also has a strong scent that some people dislike. Grapefruit extract is also more expensive than vinegar, but it is odorless.

Vinegar Mixture

Vinegar has a million uses. Homeowners have used it for years to remove mold. You can use white distilled vinegar alone or mix it with water. Put the mixture into a spray bottle, saturate the moldy area, let it sit for an hour and then wipe it away. The smell is strong, but it doesn’t last too long.

Tea Tree Oil

If you can stand the smell, tea tree oil is known as a great mold removal ingredient. You mix a few teaspoons of the oil with at least one cup of water. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and shake it well. Spray the mixture directly onto the mold. Do not rinse the mixture off the wall. Let it sit for at least thirty minutes, and then wipe it away with a sponge or rag. Keep in mind that tea tree oil has a strong scent. It may take a day or two for the odor to subside. If you dislike the scent, use an alternate cleaning method.
 
Grapefruit Seed Extract

The only advantage of using grapefruit seed extract is the lack of scent. It doesn’t work any worse or better than the other items on the list. If you dislike strong odors, the grapefruit is the best choice. Mix twenty to twenty five drops of the extract into one or two cups of water. Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and spray the contaminated area. Let it sit for at least thirty minutes, then wipe it away with a sponge or cloth.

Mold removal products are readily available. If the products sold in stores don’t appeal to you, it’s possible to make your own. The mixtures mentioned in this article should do the trick.

How to Get Rid of Shower Mold the Green Way

[ 0 ] June 22, 2010

Shower Mold

Shower mold can be seen in bathrooms all over the world. It’s a very common thing to have in a home. However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s alright. Still, it’s hard to keep it from growing in an area that’s damp most of the time.

Your shower is an easy target because of its high level of moisture. Bathroom mold is a potential health hazard, and it makes your bathroom look terrible. Thankfully, you can do something about it. 

There are dozens of commercial products designed to remove mold from your home. Unfortunately, some of these mold cleaners are toxic and not good to have in your home. Before buying an abrasive cleaner, you can try some natural mold removal techniques.

People were using these methods for mold removal long before commercial cleaners even existed. Go ahead and try them out. If you’re not pleased with the results, you can always get a cleaner from the corner store.

Here are some environmentally friendly ways to restore your shower’s original appearance.

1. Use a mixture of distilled white vinegar and baking soda. These two ingredients are cheap and available in just about any grocery store. Best of all, neither of them are toxic. Create a paste of two parts of baking soda and one part of water and white vinegar.

Apply the paste to the trouble spots and let dry for three minutes. After time has elapsed, wipe the paste away with a sponge or cloth. Apply pressure when you wipe to remove stubborn spots.

2. Use plain vinegar. If mixing vinegar with baking soda sounds too messy, you can use the vinegar alone. This is by far the cheapest way to solve your mold problem. However, vinegar alone has a very strong scent. Depending on how much you use, it could take hours for the smell to evaporate. Go right ahead and try this method if the smell doesn’t concern you.
 
It’s reported that vinegar kills most kinds of mold, so it’s worth a try. Just pour some white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and get to work. Spray the vinegar where necessary, let it sit for a while and then wipe the area.

If the above methods don’t produce the desired results, then get a cleaner from the store. In the case of a really bad problem, you might need to call in a professional mold removal service.

After the area is clean, it’s important to keep it that way. Prevention is the best way to fight the recurrence of shower mold.

After taking a shower, dry the curtain to stop moisture from accumulating. Dry the walls and faucets as well. If other areas in the bathroom are soaking wet from steam, dry them too. You can also open a window to help dry the area. Bathroom mold is a problem for most people. It’s certainly nothing to be ashamed about. The information in this article can make shower mold a thing of the past.