Natural non-toxic ways to get rid of mold and mildew

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Mould is a fairly common issue in homes, especially in areas with high humidity. If your home is always humid, you might be facing a mould infestation, and in that case, you might be wondering what to do about it. It's good to get on top of the mould issue right away because leaving mould, especially black mould in your home can cause health issues including respiratory problems, sinus infections and allergies. Of course, we've been told to use bleach or other mould cleaning chemicals, but these can also be harmful to our health as well as the environment, so it's best to learn how to remove mould with natural cleaners. It turns out there are healthier ways to get rid of mould in your home and Thrifty Diva has some great cleaning tips for us to try. Many of the natural cleaners you need to get rid of mould might be in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets already. Even if you don't have any of them, they are very affordable to pick up at the grocery store or even a dollar store. All you need is some white distilled vinegar, baking soda, vodka or rubbing alcohol and essential oils.

Vinegar is a great natural cleaner to have around for all cleaning duties. You can use this non-toxic cleaner in your bathroom in the shower or tub, as well as in the toilet to disinfect and deodorize. You can also use it in the kitchen too, and it works great as an all-purpose cleaner when mixed with some water. It's also a great mould killer too. All you need to do is put some white vinegar in a spray bottle undiluted and spray the mouldy area thoroughly. Then, just let the vinegar soak on the mould for at least 30 minutes to an hour to kill the spores. When you return, simply scrub the entire area with a scrubbing brush and then rinse the mould and the vinegar off with hot water. Baking soda is another great natural cleaner. You can use it on its own or with vinegar to create a super powerful cleaner. Mix some baking soda with water in a spray bottle and then add a bit of vinegar to the mix. Then spray the entire mouldy area, let it soak, scrub and rinse.

Vodka or rubbing alcohol will also work to kill the mould and prevent it from returning. Just put some of the alcohol in a spray bottle with some water or on its own and then spray the entire area just like in the other two cleaning tips. Allow it to sit on the mould to kill it, and then scrub it and rinse away. Essential oils are another amazing natural cleaner that can be added to almost any cleaning solution you make. The only thing is, essential oils do tend to be a bit expensive. Tea tree oil is the best essential oil to clean mould and bacteria because of its antifungal properties. Plus, it will leave your bathroom smelling great. All you need to do is mix several drops of a high-quality essential oil with some water or into some vinegar and water for extra cleaning power. Then follow the same steps as the other cleaning tips; spray, scrub and rinse, and you'll be mould free. To keep mould at bay, you may also want to consider buying a dehumidifier to take the excess humidity out of the air in your home. Also, always make sure you run the extraction fan when you're taking showers as well. Try these tips on how to remove mould and start living mould free.***

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