Mold Cleaners and Home Remedies
Not all mold cleaners are safe. In fact, many products that are designed for cleaning up mold can be just as toxic as the fungus itself. And while it’s not always a good idea to use a home remedy for mold cleanup, sometimes it can be a much safer alternative when the fungus is not so dangerous.
While not every mold spray is laced with chemicals, most of the products we find for removing tough molds are. So if you’re not able to find a natural product that will eliminate your fungus problem while keeping the safety of your health and our environment in mind, here are a few mold removal home remedies that may work just as well.
Most people already know that vinegar makes an excellent all natural household cleaner, but did you know that it can also be used to clean up house mold? You can apply the vinegar as is without any dilution using a sprayer or old sponge that you intend to toss afterwards. You should allow the vinegar to set and use a scrub brush to loosen the mold if necessary. You can rinse the affected area if the odor is too strong for you, but it will work better if the vinegar is allowed to work without any rinsing.
Some homeowners who have dealt with mold in the past swear by lemon juice. And while a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda does work wonders on shining some surfaces, lemon juice alone is generally only good for lightening an area. If it’s only stains from the mold you’re worried about, then you can try using the lemon juice undiluted and apply it directly to the affected surface and rinse after about 5 minutes.
Many people also swear by tea tree oil. It’s been effective for many uses like dry skin, but some homeowners say it’s also an effective solution for mold. However, you should keep in mind that tea tree oil is not a cheap cleaning solution. It can be very expensive, but a few drops mixed with water is said to go along way for cleaning purposes. Just apply to the affected surfaces and simply let dry without rinsing.
For those of us who don’t like strong odors, grapefruit seed extract is said to work on mold. It’s another expensive product however and requires more than just a few drops for cleaning purpose. If the grapefruit seed extract interests you, just add about 8 to 10 drops of it into a cup of water and apply to the affected area. This one is also a remedy you should not rinse.
Whenever possible, you should use one of the all natural mold cleaners that are available today.