How to kill mold naturally and prevent it from reappearing in the future
Mold (or ‘mould’ as it’s spelt in the UK) is a microscopic life-form. Molds aren’t always bad, after all they are found in some of the world’s best cheeses.
Imagine French Rocquefort without mold, it’s unthinkable! Mold is of course present in antibiotics too. These molds are seriously cool, however the toxic molds found inside our homes are not!
When it’s warm and humid the black stuff can wreak havoc in bathrooms, shower curtains and even your walls. But Apart for being unsightly, mold can be seriously dangerous to the health of you and your family. Several molds have been linked to symptoms that include severe asthma, headaches and dizziness. Pregnant women, infants and the elderly with weak or immature immune systems, are the most vulnerable to mold spores.
Trust your senses, if you can smell mold it’s in your home. You need to find the source and kill the mold now!
Kill mold naturally with these alternatives to using traditional household bleach
- For light stains, dilute distilled vinegar with an equal amount of water and place in a spray bottle.
- Mildew on clothes? This is a common problem and our versatile lemon comes right to the rescue! Make up a paste of lemon juice and salt, then rub into the problem area. Place the article of clothing in the sunshine to activate. Repeat if necessary.
- Tea tree oil is a fabulous broad-spectrum fungicide. Use a concentration of 5% tea tree oil with water. This can be very effective when sprayed on the offending area. Do not rinse.
- The best way of getting rid of the black stuff that appears on our shower curtains, is to place it in the washing machine with a couple of hand towels on a delicate setting. Add 200g of baking soda to the detergent on the wash setting, and 250ml of vinegar during the rinse cycle. Allow to drip dry.
- Grapeseed extract is another natural alternative. Add 10 drops to 250 ml of water and place in a spray bottle. You can use this on problem areas like walls. Do not rinse off.
- Got a tougher problem? Vinegar kills 82% of mould, so use some neat, white, distilled vinegar and place into a spray bottle. Yes, it will pong a bit, but the smell dissipates quite quickly. This is a good solution as a preventative measure against mould formation on the underside of rugs.
- Major mildew problem? Use a bottle of neat 3% hydrogen peroxide, wipe on the offending area , leave a short while and then wipe it off.
Follow these mold-prevention tips and you’ll breathe easier, in more ways than one!
- It’s important to note that your efforts to make your home resistant to moisture will be in vain if you don’t first tackle the source of moisture and eliminate the mold already there. Mold is often found in corners tucked away out of sight, behind furniture, inside closets or within ductwork, be vigilant in your search and remove it immediately.
- In an effort to prevent mold, always ensure adequate ventilation, this is the single most important step. Mold thrives in badly ventilated, humid spaces so don’t allow your home to become the perfect breeding ground for it
- Check all the guttering on your roof regularly, especially after the fall. Badly maintained and blocked guttering is a leading source of dampness in the home
- Clean out the drainage pipes and drip pans on your air-conditioning units, frequently
- Clothes dryers and stoves must always have adequate ventilation to the outside, this is critical to humidity control
- Open cupboard doors and leave air to circulate
- Place Taheebo tea (a medicinal tea with anti-fungal properties) in the houseplant water to prevent mold appearing on the soil or leaves
- Keep your home clean by vacuuming it frequently and keeping dust to an absolute minimum, skin particles are a delicious food source for mold
- If it’s cold outside, then you need secondary glazing, If you don’t, you’ll be getting condensation settling on the window panes leading to unwanted moisture and humidity.
- Try and keep the humidity levels in your home to within 30-50%.
About the Author (Author Profile)
Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.