If you find yourself sniffling and sneezing especially during the winter time you may very well be having a allergic reaction to fungus or mold in your home. Start out by doing a mold patrol with a good flashlight. Look for mold in damp areas and when you find it spray it with your white vinegar. White vinegar will work as good or better than any of the products sold to control fungus or mold in your home and the really great thing about white vinegar is that it is completely natural and safe. If you have only a small mold problem you can easily control it with vinegar.
Ways To Get Rid Of Mold
Good old plain white vinegar is the easiest way to get rid of mold there is. Sure it smells strong but in no time at all you can have a mildew , mold free surface or area. And the really great thing about vinegar is that its perfectly natural and won't harm anyone or anything. Its also 100 percent pet safe.You can put it in a spray bottle and spray it on mold or mildew and get rid of it almost instantly.Carpet
is going to be your biggest challenge when getting rid of mold but here there is a great solution also. Simply sprinkle baking soda onto your carpets heavily and let it set for a hour or so. Then just vacuum it up.
You can spray vinegar on your dish drainer and drain board and other places that mold grows on a regular basis. Let it set there for a hour or so and wash it away. All your areas will stay mold free.
You can spray your shower curtain , bathroom sink and bathtub with vinegar and get rid of any mold there. You can run your bathtub full of cold water and add a quart or so of white vinegar and let it set for a hour or two. When you let the water out the mold will be gone also. You can do the same with sinks.
If you end up with shower curtains with mold growing on it or them simply place the shower curtain or curtains into your washing machine and add 2 cups of white vinegar to the water along with your usual detergent. Run the washing machine thru a wash cycle and the mold will be gone. Just hang your shower curtain back up wet. You can wash it this way about once a month and it will remain mold free. Mildew is also easily removed this way.More Tips About Mold Removal
You can use a ionizing air filter or purifier to remove mold spores and other pollutants from out of the air. But you want to make sure to keep the filters in the device clean at all times. You want to check them every 24 to 48 hours. If possible take them outside to wash them off so you don't reinfect the air around you with mold spores.
Always remember that mold can cause indoor air quality problems for you and your family. Insurance companies and homeowners are having real problems with toxic molds and black mold. Just think about all the mold problems they are having in New Orleans now. Caused by all the water from the hurricanes.Its important to remember that mold needs water or damp areas to grow. When you can remove the water problem and your mold problems will go away. You can use a dehumidifier in a damp area to take the water out of the area. Just remember to empty its collection tank often because it can fill up fast. So fast it will have you wondering where all the water came from. So check the collection tank often as the tank can fill up in only a few hours. Moisture control is the key to controlling mold in interior spaces.Mold Clean Up And Removal
If you have a area of mold like in the picture below behind the door its a easy clean up drop. You may want to wear a mask or get someone else to do it especially if you are highly allergic to mold. If not just follow these steps.
1. Scrub the area down with a good scrub brush with plenty of soapy water.
2. Rinse the area off with a dry rag or rags and then spray the area heavily with white vinegar. Allow the area to dry over night.
3. You can now repaint the area and it should remain mold free. But remember if you have a high moisture area you need to find ways to remove some of that moisture in order for your area to remain mold free.
If you have a really damp bathroom as we did in the basement you may want to put a small to medium size dehumidifier in the bathroom to keep the moisture down. And again be sure to keep the water collection tank empty.