Whether indoor or outdoor, mold proliferates in damp, warm, and humid environments. Even though it’s most common in the bathroom and basement, it can grow in any moist area in your household.
Health problems caused by mold are on the rise. Unfortunately, many people suffer from mold-related allergies without even being aware of it. Symptoms can range from runny nose, headaches, rashes, fatigue, depression and memory problems to more serious health problems such as respiratory or neurological conditions. Prolonged exposure to mold has also been associated with cancers. If you’ve noticed mold growths in your house, it’s vital that you get rid of these as soon as possible.
These natural ways of removing mold are extremely efficient; plus they’re far safer for your family, pets and environment than store-bought mold removers because they are free of chemicals.
These different methods require varying degrees of effort and have different levels of odor, so consider carefully before deciding which one to choose.
There are two ways you can use vinegar to remove mold and mildew around the house. On way is to dilute it with water in order to reduce the strong smell before applying it on the mold-affected areas and the other is to use it straight up from the bottle. The latter is a better choice as undiluted vinegar is more efficient. According to research, white vinegar can destroy up to 82% of mold spores, as well as viruses and bacteria. Simply spray the offending area, leave on for a few hours, then scrub the mold with a brush. You can also spray some vinegar and leave it to dry in order to prevent mold.
In case you can’t put up with the smell, simply add a few drops of essential oil. However, the strong smell is only short-term and will probably have disappeared in a few hours.
Tea tree oil solution
Although a bit pricier than the other natural mold removers, only a small amount of tea tree oil can do wonders for your mold-affected areas around the house. Simply mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil and two cups of water to make a solution. Spray this onto the mold spores but make sure not to rinse. And, don’t worry about the pungent smell as it will disappear in a matter of days.
Citrus seed extract and water
This may become your favorite mold-removing method because unlike vinegar and tea tree oil, citrus seed extract (such as grapefruit) does not have an odor. As with the other solutions, add about 20 drops of extract in 2 cups of water and spray onto the mold. Don’t rinse.
If you want to try this method, spray 3% hydrogen peroxide from a bottle onto the mold and leave it to act for about 10 minutes. Then scrub well and wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove remaining mold spores. Optionally, you can mix hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and vinegar to remove mold, but make sure to store the solution in a dark place as light interferes with the potency of hydrogen peroxide.
Last, but not least, baking soda is another efficient method to remove mold naturally. It can be used in combination with vinegar and water or with water alone. Make a solution with baking soda and water or water and vinegar, and spray on the moldy area. Leave it act, then scrub well and wipe with a damp cloth to remove the residual mold. This natural disinfectant is quite mild, which means this solution will remove mold without leaving any scent behind.