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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.

Why Bathroom Mold Loves Your Bathroom

[ 0 ] June 23, 2010

Bathroom Mold

If you’ve got a problem with bathroom mold, you’re probably wondering why your bathroom is under attack. This problem can develop anywhere in your home, but the bathroom is affected most often. This is because of the moisture. Mold enjoys bathrooms due to the amount of water and humidity in the area. Your bathroom is probably a playground without you even realizing it.

Hazards in the Bathroom

Several items in the bathroom can encourage mold growth. Old soaps, beauty products, shampoo bottles and similar items that are frequently wet can cause problems. Throw away items and products you no longer use. Otherwise, they can become breeding grounds. Never place wet shampoo bottles into the closet or cabinet. Dry them off first or let them air dry near an open window.

Water evaporation in the air increases humidity. This is why shower mold is so common. Steam from a hot shower or a hot bath makes the bathroom wet. Soaking up the steam feels great, but it’s not great for your bathroom. Since most bathrooms aren’t properly ventilated, the dampness just hangs around waiting to cause a problem. You might not see the results right away, but after dozens of showers and baths you might start to see an ugly sight.

In addition to the shower, bathroom tiles are another problem spot. You’ll often see dark areas growing in the crevices of the tiles. The corner of the bathtub is another problem spot. These places are wet the most often, and for the longest time. The only way to keep these areas dry is to stop using the shower or bathtub. That’s not an option, so you need some other solution. 

Solving the Problem

Cleaning the bathroom regularly can prevent the mold problem. Make sure to wipe down your bathroom every month using an anti-fungal solution. Keep in mind to include the ceiling when doing this. Most people don’t think about it, but the ceiling gets damp as well. There are also mold removal products you can use to prevent the problem. These coatings are supposed to add a protective covering to the walls and tiles. Look for products that contain fungicides, which are supposed to prevent mold growth.
 
If you already have a mold problem in your bathroom, take care of it before it gets out of hand. Clean the problem spots with a mixture of distilled vinegar and baking soda. Mix the two together to form a paste. Apply the paste, let it sit and wash it away after three or four minutes. For thick patches, you can let the paste sit longer. You also can try a mixture of distilled vinegar and water for mold removal.

Bathroom mold is easy to prevent if you keep the room dry. It’s also relatively easy to get rid of if you don’t have a toxic situation. If you suspect the mold is making you or someone else sick, call a professional mold removal service. You might have a toxic mold situation that a simple cleaning won’t handle.

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