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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.

Mold Remediation Products and How to Pick the Right One

[ 0 ] April 24, 2010

Mold Remediation Products

Mold remediation products are everywhere. And with so many available, it’s often hard to know what type of product you need to be using for your mold problem. And of course not every product will work with every situation.

So while a shower cleaner might work on that simple mildew on your shower tiles and bathtub, it won’t work on that toxic black mold that’s growing on your kitchen ceiling. In addition, bathroom mildew is not as dangerous as black mold, which require more than just a little scrubbing to keep the fungus from coming back.

And when you’re dealing with anything more serious, you’ll want to hire a mold removal professional who has the equipment and cleaners needed to get the job done right the very first time.
But most homeowners also know that when you’re dealing with mold and a professional, chances are harsh chemicals will be used in the mold cleanup process. And of course as okay as that is with some homeowners, it’s not with those of us who are concerned about our future and the environment.

If you’re concerned about harsh chemicals, you should ask the professional what type of cleaners they use before you hire them. Some companies may have a safer alternative to the standard harsh chemicals that are used in cleaning up mold although chances are they won’t be 100% chemical-free. That’s because many green mold cleaners won’t permanently kill dangerous toxic mold.

And while there may be some mold cleaners that will cleanup the mold, most companies are looking to make a profit even if it means ignoring your health concerns and the environment, which are the ones you should be avoiding if you are trying to go green.

But for the companies that do offer a greener solution, find out if they guarantee their products will kill the mold permanently before you agree to let them do the work. Then, you can decide whether or not a green company is truly worth paying a little extra for.

If you don’t need to hire a professional, but you’re still concerned about the danger of chemicals, most of the time you can get away with using a product that is all natural and safe just as long as you’re not dealing with a toxic fungus since they require a more serious cleaning solution to be permanently removed from your home.

However, if the mold is not toxic, you may be able to get away with using a home remedy solution to get the job done. And if you’re not sure where to find them, many home remedies can be found online from other homeowners who have tried the solution and achieved positive results.

But the best thing a homeowner can do when it comes to deciding on the right mold remediation products, is to do your homework. Talk to your friends, your family and even local businesses to find out what has worked for them and what has. Otherwise, you may find yourself paying more for a product than it’s really worth.

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