There are some days when I contemplate exactly what it’ll be like to clean up my Mother’s house some day. The monumental piles of stuff is a given, but what will the walls, carpet, counter tops, and the actual structure of the house be like? My best guess? Covered in mold.
And the last thing I want is to compound the toxicity with more chemicals, but luckily there are some natural options. Things have been pretty busy for me lately, so I invited Heather Roberts to guest post. Mold might run rampant in a hoarder’s home, but really, it can be found in any house where dampness is left unattended.
Guest Post: Cleaning Mold Naturally
One of the greatest problems in any home, given the right circumstances is the uncontrolled proliferation of mold due to neglect. Mold and mildew can be a real pain in hot and humid conditions, and that makes them a doubly serious issue when you have large quantities of personal belongings in a home that have not been moved for years. Such is usually the case with hoarders, so this makes mold something that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Even though you can usually keep it at bay through the use of dehumidifiers, you can still experience it. There are a good deal of natural materials you can use to spray or remove mildew and mold. They can be a wonderful substitute for the hazardous fumes bleach produces. In this article we will cover most of them as possible solutions to your problem:
- You can use tea tree oil, which is often found in health food stores as a great cleaning material that acts as a natural mold killer. It may be the most expensive option on this list and it may have a strong scent that disappears within a few days, however it also has one of the most effective qualities in our list, completely eliminating mold from ceilings, rugs, showers and so forth. You can combine two teaspoons of it with two cups of water, then using that as a spray you can eliminate mold on any given spot. You don’t need to rinse it and it can be used even months down the line if you need to.
- Another possible option is using grapefruit seed extract, though it’s also expensive. Unlike tea tree oil however, it has no scent that lingers. Combine about 20 drops of it into about two cups of water and use it in much the same way as you would with tea tree oil.
- Next on our list is a natural mold killer so widespread and right under our noses, that we often overlook it without even knowing its qualities. Distilled white vinegar is said to kill up to 82% of all mold species, acting fairly quickly but leaving its scent behind for a few short hours as a result. If you have light stains, then you can dilute the vinegar with water in a 50:50 ratio for good results as well. If you’re experiencing mildew forming on the bottom sides of your rugs or carpeting, then you can stop it by spraying it with distilled white vinegar and letting it dry that way. It should kill most spores with ease, leaving your carpet safe.
- If you have a plastic shower curtain and it has suffered mildew and mold, then you don’t need to worry about it at all. You can simply toss it in the washing machine alongside two bath towels on the gentlest setting. Then you need to pour about half a cup of baking soda inside as well as a half cup of vinegar. The baking soda should go in during the washing cycle, while the vinegar needs to go in during the rinse cycle. Let it dry out and you’re almost good as new!
- You can also use a 3% hydrogen peroxide for mildew and mold as well. If you use it on its own, you can wipe most mold right off the affected area.
- When you have mildew-stained garments, you can make a paste of lemon juice and salt. Rub it against the area affected by the mold or mildew. Repeat that until you remove the stain completely and let it dry in the sun.
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