Easy ways to clean mold and mildew

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Finding mould or mildew in your home is never a welcome sight. There are so many health issues that can arise from having mould in your home and being exposed to it for a long period of time. Mould has been shown to worsen asthma, allergies, and colds because it negatively affects the immune system. It also affects the brain and the nervous system too. So having mould, especially black mould in your home is never a good thing. Prevention is key, but sometimes it creeps up on us, finding little nooks and crannies to grow in. Treating it quickly even if you see just a small amount, is the best way to get rid of it and to prevent it from spreading which it will do rather quickly. The good news is that you don't have to use harsh chemical cleaners to get rid of the mould either. You can use all natural cleaners to eradicate mould from your home. Of course, if the issue is too far gone, you'll want to call the professionals, but if it's mainly surface mould you're dealing with, you can get rid of it on your own. The first thing to know is that mould loves dampness, so anywhere in your home that's damp and dark, like your bathroom or basement will be likely places for mould to grow. Even in the attic is the perfect environment for it.

You want to dry out any dampness in your home. You can do this by using a dehumidifier. It's been found that sprinkling some arrowroot powder or cornstarch on the mouldy area will help to absorb the moisture. Also, if a leak in a pipe or your roof is causing the dampness and therefore the mould to grow, get the leak fixed promptly. You'll also want to maintain good ventilation and good air circulation in your home. You can do this by having fans throughout the home and by opening windows. Also, letting natural light into your home will prevent mould from growing. Since mould thrives in dark places, mould will not love the sun shining in your place. So keep those blinds open throughout the day. If you already have mould in your home, you can use a few homemade natural cleaners to clean up the mould stains and kill it. Making a tea tree oil spray works so well for killing mould naturally. The anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil will annihilate the mould spores and also prevent them from coming back. Just mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil per 1 cup of water. Put your mixture into a clean spray bottle and shake well to combine. Then spray the cleaner right onto the mould and leave it to sit for a while before scrubbing with a brush.

Vinegar is another great natural cleaner that mould can't survive. You can spray a straight white vinegar the mould and then allow it to soak on the mould and kill it. You can even keep a spray bottle full of vinegar in your shower to spray the tile, grout and caulking after each use to prevent mould from growing. The next natural cleaner that's great for cleaning mould is grapefruit seed extract. Make your spray by mixing 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract into 1 cup of water in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Then spray the area that has the mould and don't rinse it right away. Let it dry, and then you can scrub it away with a brush. Try out these great cleaning tops from Frugally Sustainable and get mould out of your house for good.***

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