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Mold Cleaners and Home Remedies

[ 0 ] January 28, 2010

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.

Mold Basements Can Cause Serious Health Problems

[ 0 ] January 28, 2010

Mold basements are one of the many reasons people are sick. Take me for instance. I hardly ever use my basement, so wow was I surprised to learn that is was hiding a deep dark secret that could have cost me my health.

You see, mold isn’t just some ugly stuff on your walls or ceiling. The fact is, mold can cause allergies, asthma, bleeding of the lungs, reoccurring colds, chronic coughing, fatigues, headaches, and even depression. And although I didn’t experience any of these problems with my basement, I did experience them when I lived in a home that was covered in toxic mold.

I had allergies that I assumed were just a change of the weather or toxins like cigarette smoke in the air. In never occurred to me that it could be something more like black mold effects.

I also had asthma which along with the allergies I thought again was something to do with the change in the weather and toxins in the air that were not associated with mold.

I was lucky enough that my symptoms did not go as far as my lungs bleeding. It’s also considered less of a problem in adults, but when you have children and pets or anyone with a weak immune system, the results can be deadly.

One of the symptoms I did have was a reoccurring cold. However, silly me, I just chalked it up as a chronic bronchitis infection that I’d attracted from who knows where.

Along with that cold I had a chronic cough. Again, I assumed that my cough in association with the cold was due to a bronchitis infection that would not go away.

I also found myself tired all of the time and ironically I never really did anything to make me tired. So again, I assumed it was because of that imaginary bronchitis thing. And this is also how I realized there were signs of fungus growing in my basement. I was always tired no matter how very little I did and I found myself feeling ten times better when I was away from my home.

I never really got migraine headaches until mold entered my life. I used to get a lot of migraines and just thought I wasn’t eating or sleeping right. This was also another sign that there was mold in my basement. After I spent some time doing mold removal my headaches and of course all of the other symptoms went away.

There are times when almost everyone will experience depression in his or her lives. Whether it’s from the loss of a loved one or something else serious, it never dawned on me that my bouts of depression were caused by mold growing in my basement. I never even thought about it until I realized I was not the only family member suddenly experiencing depression and all of us at once for no real reason.

Mold and can a scary thing, especially when mold basements are the cause of it and it’s been left untreated for way too long. If you believe you have mold in your home whether it’s from your basement or another part of your home, please have it inspected. There is no reason why you should have to suffer from such a simple fungus.

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