Best mold-busting tips for lazy cleaners

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You've found mould growing somewhere in your home, and your first reaction was to get rid of it. That's a good reaction to have, since leaving mould to grow and spread in your home can be very bad for your health and for your home. Mould typically finds its way into your home in the dampest areas like your showers and bathtubs or wherever there is a leak and standing water or condensation. A black mould called Stachybotrys chartarum is the most toxic type of mould, and it can cause health problems in those who are sensitive or those who have a lower immune function like babies, children and the elderly. It can cause allergies and asthma in people who are already prone to them if the mould is widespread and if they are exposed to it for long enough. The best thing to do is to learn how to remove mould, how to prevent mould and learn cleaning tips that will keep it away. Prevention of mould is key, and the best way to prevent mould is to prevent your home from getting too humid. So you want to keep your home as dry as possible by using a dehumidifier and having proper ventilation. Each time you take a shower or bath, run a bathroom fan like the Panasonic bathroom fan they recommend on The Spruce. It moves a lot of the air, and it's not too loud either.

Turn on your bathroom fan before you jump into the shower or bath and leave it on for a while after you're done too. If there's a timer that will really help, or just set a timer on your phone to monitor it. You can also open windows in your home as well to circulate the air in your house, and you can get a squeegee to swipe some of the water droplets off of the shower walls when you're finished your shower. Sometimes even with all of the prevention steps taken mould will still grow in your home. So if you've found some mould, you're right to clean it up right away. You can use different cleaners like vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda also works really well too. Just put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the mouldy area really well. Allow the vinegar to sit on the mould for 10 minutes or more and then wipe the mould away with a cloth and scrub it with a brush if needed. If there's mould growing in your grout, and these cleaning tips don't help to remove it, you may have to replace your grout. Just chip out the mouldy grout and then make sure the area is clean and free of mould as well as completely dry before putting the new grout in.

Also keeping your home clean will help keep the mould away. So make sure you clean your bathroom every week or two by scrubbing the shower and bathtub and cleaning the toilet. Use some dish soap and vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle to spray down your shower and tub and then scrub with a scrubbing pad and rinse clean. Then finish off by drying the area with a clean towel. The entire process doesn't take longer than 10 minutes or so. Even though that's not being very lazy, you'll be glad that you kept your bathroom clean. You can apply these same cleaning tips to anywhere in your home that has experienced mould before and always keep an eye out for leaks in pipes and the roof so you can fix them as soon as possible.***

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