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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.

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How to Get Rid of Mold

[ 0 ] June 24, 2010

Some homeowners see mold and panic. They have no idea how to get rid of mold, and they go into panic mode. There’s no need to panic because it’s a common problem. However, dealing with the problem can be disgusting and difficult for some homeowners. Additionally, it is unsightly to see this disgusting stuff growing in your home.

Aside from its ugly appearance, mold actually can cause serious health risks. This doesn’t happen often, but it’s a possibility.

People exposed can often experience respiratory diseases, allergic reactions and in some cases, more severe health problems. Remember, this is unlikely to occur. The best thing you can do is get rid of the mold. Depending on the severity of the situation, you can possibly handle the job on your own.

Here are some important things to consider:

1.  Mold loves wet and warm areas. If your home has high humidity levels, you should take action to remove some of the humidity from the air. Doing this is easier than it sounds. Invest in a high-quality dehumidifier.
 
The machines can be purchased from home improvement stores, and are usually moderately priced. Some of them even measure the levels of humidity in your home. Levels between 30% to 50% are recommended. During the summer months, an air conditioner can work just as well as a dehumidifier.

2. If the mold problem is in a small area around the house, it can usually be cleaned with household cleaning products. A mixture of distilled vinegar and baking soda should get the job done.

Just apply the paste, let it sit and clean it away with a cloth or sponge. You can also try mold removal products available at your local hardware store. Open a window or door and air out the area when you’re done.

It is important that you wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, masks and gloves to prevent exposure during your mold removal project. Breathing in mold spores or toxic chemicals can affect your breathing.

3. You cannot remove mold from porous materials such as the drywall, wallpaper, carpet, certain fabric and other porous surfaces. Some things just can’t be cleaned. If that’s the case, you’ll have to throw these items out.

You might be able to remove mildew from fabrics if you catch the problem soon enough. Otherwise, the stains are there to stay.

4. Check for mold problems in common trouble spots. Check the walls in your bathroom and underneath the sink. Check your shower curtain as well. Look for spots that indicate a water leak. Brown spots on the walls or a sagging ceiling could indicate a leak. If that’s the case, mold could grow where you’d never see it. Take care of any leaks as soon as possible.

If the problem is just too much to handle, call in the professionals. A professional mold removal service will know exactly how to get rid of mold. You’ll have to sit back, relax and let someone else take care of the problem.

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