Molds and mildew are common sights in heavily humid regions or in rainy seasons. Molds and mildew thrive in warm and humid environments that are suitable for the fungal and bacterial growth that cause them. They can infest almost anything such as your walls, basement, drywall, shower, clothes, basement, porous surfaces and your furniture.
Molds are some of the most common causes of allergies. They could also lead to fatigue and stress.
Mold and mildew growth could strive in various conditions such as where there is;
- Leaking pipe or damp walls
- Little ventilation and poor sunlight exposure
- Humid climates such as rainy seasons
- Poor domestic hygiene
The removal of mold and mildew could be somewhat difficult to achieve successfully without the right ideas and remedies.
However, you could achieve success in mold and mildew removal if you try a chemical-based mold remover or a home remedy. We recommend home remedies because they have little to no toxicity levels.
Here are some good practices, to observe, when dealing with mold and mildew;
- Ensure your home and garden is clean and dry as much as possible.
- If the materials infested with mold or mildew is movable, put them under the sun.
- Improve ventilation or air circulation in the rooms susceptible to mold infestation.
- Leaking pipes should be fixed promptly.
- Ensure you use a nose mask when cleaning out molds and mildew to avoid inhaling the fungi.
- Clean corners thoroughly as any mold left there could re-establish the infestation.
- Check out all odors because it is possible for molds to hide behind walls or wall coverings. Clean as appropriate.
- Baking soda and vinegar are good non-toxic alternatives to get to the root or hyphae of the mold.
Below are 16 home remedies and natural ways to get rid of molds and mildew;
1. Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment
Hydrogen peroxide has powerful antimicrobial properties that make it a great mold removing agent. The non-toxic chemical is readily available and can be used on large areas affected by molds.
Start by adding a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in a cup of water and mix well. Spray this solution on the affected area until the mold gets saturated. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and scrub the area to clean it.
2. Use Varnish
If the infestation is present on a wooden surface, varnish can be effectively used to get rid of them. Varnish acts as an anti-fungal agent killing the mold and mildew.
Varnish also protects the wooden surfaces from further infestation and mold growth. Besides, varnish also helps in keeping termites away. Scrub away the affected area and apply a coat of varnish to protect it from molds.
3. Grout Sealing
The gaps between the floor tiles are one of the best places for molds to breed and multiply. The yellow stains on the floor or near the edges of the tile is often due to massive fungal growth.
Inspect your house, especially the kitchen and bathroom for broken tiles, damaged grouts and other cracks where water tends to deposit for longer. Seal the grout and fix the broken tiles to eliminate mold and mildew.
4. Use Exhaust Fans
Exhaust fans are a great way to eliminate moisture from any room, especially for rooms that are prone to have damp walls and ceiling such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Furthermore, since most places, in the home, are the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, it is important to keep your home dry. These fans will circulate air in the room quickly drying out the moist places and stopping mildew growth.
5. Spray Vinegar
There is probably no pantry that does not have vinegar. Among its many uses, it can be an excellent mold removing agent.
Just put some pure and undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz it on the affected surfaces. Let the vinegar stay on the wall for about an hour and use a soft cloth to wipe off the molds as well as stains caused by the mold/mildew.
6. Sprinkle Chlorine Bleach
This inexpensive mold removal remedy works in an amazing way to help you effectively eliminate mold and mildew from your home.
Sprinkle the chlorine bleach liberally on the affected surfaces and let it sit on the surfaces for some time. Now wipe off the place with a sponge dipped in soapy water to clean all the bleach along with the mold.
7. Apply Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful antifungal agent that removes and prevents mold infestation from your house. Mix 100 ml of tea tree oil with vinegar and water.
Put it in a spray bottle and apply it to the mold and mildew affected area. Use a soft scrubber to remove the molds from walls and tiles. Tea tree oil will not only remove molds but also the bad smell associated with them.
8. Use Ethanol
Molds present on bathroom floor and tiles can be easily eliminated using distilled ethanol. It is readily available in local stores and is usually sprayed directly on the affected area.
Ethanol cleans off the affected area helping you get rid of molds and the serious health risks associated with them. Spray it in the areas prone to the infestation to prevent them completely.
9. Grapefruit Extract
If you are looking for a long-term relief from the mold and mildews in your home, try the grapefruit remedy. Although it is a bit expensive way to eliminate the infestation, it is effective in stopping their growth.
The antifungal properties of grapefruit work in an excellent way to kill mold and mildew effectively. Just apply it to the surfaces affected with molds.
10. Ensure Ventilation
Molds grow rapidly in places where air circulation is minimal and there is an absence of sunlight entering the rooms. Ensure proper ventilation in rooms affected by mold and mildew.
Open up door and windows to help circulate fresh air. This will also allow sunlight into your rooms and reduce infestation naturally. Switch on the ceiling fans to dry out the dampness. An indoor air filter will help in catching the spores and reduce any health risks.
11. Spray Baking Soda Solution
Baking soda acts as a disinfectant and fights fungal infestation in an effective way. It keeps the area dry by absorbing excess moisture while killing the fungus.
Add baking soda in lukewarm water and mix well. Use this solution to spray on the infestation and scrub away the entire area to get rid of the molds.
12. Get Rid of Mold-Infested Items
Some items that have molds may not be cleaned completely, especially if these are porous in nature. For example, carpets that have a severe fungal infestation is hard to clean thoroughly. It is best to discard such items to prevent the molds from spreading to other places.
Severe infestation also reduces the indoor air quality and discarding such items will ensure better health for the people living in the house. Also look for old clothes and towels that have soaked dampness and show mold infestation.
13. Repair Leaks
No remedy is going to work in a foolproof way unless you identify and fix the source of moisture. Besides, the above home remedies to get rid of the infestation, finding the source of moisture and repairing the leaks will help in a long-term relief from molds around you.
14. DIY Alcohol Spray
Alcoholic beverages, such as vodka, work well in eradicating mold and mildew from your home. Just fill up a spray bottle with it and spritz over the affected area.
The fungus will not be able to stand its disinfecting/antiseptic properties and will die. Now wipe off the surface with a clean sponge. Apply the solution again if any mold is left behind.
15. Set The Dehumidifier
If you have a dehumidifier at home, you may put it to work to eliminate the fungal infestation. Since mold needs moisture and warmth to grow, a dehumidifier effectively kills them. It reduces the humidity level in your rooms and causes a drying effect which is not suitable for the mold’s growth.
16. Soapy Water
Cleaning the mold infested surfaces with a soapy solution on a regular basis will check its growth and help you get rid of it.
Make a solution by mixing liquid soap and water. Then, apply this solution, with the help of a sponge, on the tiles, corners, and the walls of your bathroom or kitchen. Now scrub off using a mild scrubber and wash the surface or wipe it to clean the area. A regular cleaning of tiles and hard surfaces with soapy water will keep your home mold-free.
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