We’re exposed to toxic molds every day without even knowing it, everywhere we go we either touch it, breathe it or ingest it. The worst thing is that it’s silently wreaking havoc on our entire organism and we’re not even aware about it. Mold can be found behind walls, under the floors and even in our food and most often we don’t even see it before it’s too late. Mold can make you really sick and in more severe cases it can even have deadly consequences.
Mold can be detrimental on your joints, nervous system and weaken your immune system. It can even cause cancer which is why you need to be extra careful. Those who are aware of the dangerous effects mold can have on our health try their best to get rid of it and protect their health. But all those commercial cleaners are full of toxins and dangerous chemicals and in trying to right one wrong we often cause additional damage. If you want to get rid of the mold without breathing in harmful fumes there are some eco-friendly natural alternatives which are really simple but effective. Here are 5 natural methods for removing mold which will put an end to all your worries for good:
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.
- Hydrogen peroxide
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Baking soda
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.
Don’t wait for the mold to come to the surface to start acting against it, you can use any of these solutions as a precaution measure as well. If you have a problem with humidity make sure you buy a dehumidifier to eliminate moisture, which is one of the root causes of mold in the first place.