7 Natural Ways to Treat Household Mold
Spring is coming. Cleaning is on everyone’s mind, it’s time to get rid of the winter yuck! Ditch those toxic cleaning products and switch to natural cleaning products. Have you ever read the back label of commercial products? I can’t even pronounce half of the words,This article is going to concentrate on killing mold. In the spring we discover all of the areas that get wet or damp during the winter. Unfortunately, dampness is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Yes, there are commercial mold removal products but again read the back label. How long do you have to be out of the house? Do you have to dress up in a white space suit just to get rid of 4 square feet of mold? Let’s take a look at the natural products that clean mold.
1. Borax verse Mold
Borax is a winner! Borax is a natural cleaning product, it does not give off toxic fumes when used, although Borax can be toxic if swallowed. Keep this product away from pets and children. Borax can be found in your local grocery store. It’s a mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. Borax has been on the modern market as a household cleaner for at least 100 years. To kill mold with Borax you can follow these steps:
- How to Kill Mold with Borax
- Mix up a Borax water solution – 1cup Borax to one gallon of water.
- Spray dry mold with Borax solution – scrub mold with brush.
- Wipe off excess cleaner and debris.
- You don’t need to rinse off Borax - it may help retard future mold growth.
- Leave surface to completely dry -you can set up fan to vent outside and help the area dry faster.
2. Vinegar verse Mold
Vinegar is a winner! Heinz company states that vinegar kills 82% of mold species. However, they can’t advertise that because its not registered as an antifungal with the EPA. Vinegar is non-toxic and doesn’t require protective gear to use as a household cleaner. To clean household mold you can follow these easy steps:
- How to kill mold with Vinegar
- Purchase the cheapest white vinegar you can find.
- Pour vinegar into a spray bottle - do not water it down – You can drop a few drops of essential oils in bottle to mask odor - Label with marker
- Spray vinegar onto moldy areas
- Wipe clean the area with water and allow the surface to air dry.
- Smell from vinegar should clear within a few hours.
To retard mold growth anywhere, just spray vinegar on surface and leave. Repeat with usual cleaning routine to see continued results.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide verse Mold
Hydrogen Peroxide is a winner! Hydrogen peroxide is in the bleach family, only it’s safe to use and won’t hurt the environment. You can buy hydrogen peroxide 3% from most stores. Hydrogen peroxide kills mold but you need to be careful around fabrics. It is a bleach so it may discolor your fabrics. Follow these steps for mold removal:
- Killing Mold with Hydrogen Peroxide
- Fill a dark colored spray bottle with 3% peroxide – Label with marker.
- Spray and completely wet area covered in mold.
- Let surface sit for at least 10 minutes.
- Scrub with brush.
- Rinse and let air dry.
4. Baking Soda verse Mold
Baking Soda is a winner! Baking soda has been used for over 150 years as a safe household cleaner. You can use baking soda to kill mold. Let’s follow these steps for mold removal with baking soda:
- Killing mold with Baking Soda
- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle of water – add essential oils for a scent – label with marker.
- Shake bottle to dissolve the baking soda.
- Spray molded area with mixture.
- Scrub with brush to treat and remove mold.
- Rinse with water
- Spray area with mixture and let air dry. This will retard future mold growth.
5. Tea Tree Oil verse Mold
Tea Tree oil is a winner! Tea tree oil is a natural mold remover. I use this to clean my bathroom. It is expensive, but you only need a small amount for killing mold. Tea tree oil is an essential oil. Tea tree oil has a reputation for killing large varieties of mold. You can buy tea tree oil from most health or natural stores. I have seen it in drug stores as well as online. Follow these steps for successful household mold removal:
- Killing mold with Tea Tree oil
- Add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil per one cup of water to a spray bottle – Label with marker.
- Spray mixture on molded surface
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes give a quick scrub and you can rinse or wipe off.
- You can respray with mixture to retard future mold growth – this can be part of your weekly cleaning routine.
Tea tree oil has a strong odor but it will go away after an hour or so. I usually lift a window a crack. Tea tree oil cleaner keeps well, so label and keep in with cleaning supplies.
6. Soap or Detergent
Mixing detergent or soap and warm water will clean mold off of non-porous surface. Detergent alone doesn’t kill mold. When mold is on non-porous material the solution doesn’t need to kill mold you are cleaning the surface area and washing away the mold.
7. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is a winner! Grapefruit seed extract has similar properties to tea tree oil. One advantage grapefruit seed extract has is that it has no leftover scent. It is an expensive natural mold killer very much like tea tree oil. You can buy grape fruit seed extract from most drug stores and health food stores. Like tea tree oil, a small amount of grapefruit seed extract goes a long way in killing mold. You can follow these steps for household mold remediation
- Killing mold with grapefruit seed extract
- Mix together in a spray bottle one cup of water to 10 drops of extract – shake- Label with marker
- Spray directly on the molded area
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes then you can wipe off
- You can spray again and let air dry – this will help prevent future mold growth
You can keep this cleaner with your supplies as grapefruit extract has a long shelf life.
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