How To Get Rid Of Mold And Mildew

 

Mold and mildew are common problems in homes. They’re not just annoying to look at, they can also cause breathing problems for people who have asthma or allergies. Mold and mildew seem like they would be easy to get rid of, but they can be surprisingly difficult to eradicate. Luckily there are some easy ways that you can get rid of mold and mildew in your home with products you already have around the house! This blog post will share some different ways to get rid of mold and mildew from your home.

Vinegar

Mold and mildew can be easily removed using vinegar. All you need is a bottle of white vinegar and some spray bottles. Fill the spray bottles with vinegar and spray the areas where you see mold or mildew. The vinegar will kill the mold and mildew and will also help to prevent them from coming back. Make sure to test the vinegar on a small area of the surface first to make sure that it doesn’t damage the surface. It’s important not to use vinegar on marble, granite, or any other natural stone surfaces.

Acetone And Water

Another useful way that you can get rid of mold and mildew is by mixing acetone with water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on areas where you see mold and mildew growing and wait for it to dry. Just like the vinegar, make sure to test this mixture on a small area first before applying it onto larger surfaces. Acetone is very flammable so make sure not to mix too much at once and avoid using it near any open flames or heat sources. 

Bleach And Water Solution

You may also use bleach and water to eliminate mold and mildew from your house. Just make sure not to use too much bleach, especially if you have light-colored carpets, as the strong chemicals may discolor them. Use this mixture to scrub areas affected by mold or mildew before rinsing it all off with warm water. This solution will kill existing mold and mildew while preventing new spores from growing in your home. Just make sure to spot test this mixture on an inconspicuous area first just in case there are any negative reactions.

Lemon Juice And Salt

All you need to do is mix two tablespoons of lemon juice with two cups of water along with three teaspoons of salt. Mix these ingredients together thoroughly until the salt is dissolved and then spray the mixture onto areas where you see mold or mildew growth. The salt will help to kill off the mold and mildew while the lemon juice will prevent the growth of new mold and mildew from occurring.

Tannin Solution

A tannin solution is great when you only have household items at your access. Just mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water with a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Add some black tea to this mixture, as black tea naturally contains tannins which help to break down mold and mildew spores. Spray or pour this solution onto areas affected by mold or mildew and let it sit for about five minutes before rinsing. This solution can also be used as a general cleaner around the home and it will help to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your home.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great all around cleaning agent. All you need is a bowl of baking soda and a brush. Sprinkle the baking soda onto areas affected by mold or mildew and then use the brush to scrub it in. The baking soda will help to kill the mold and mildew as well as remove any built-up dirt or grime. Let the baking soda sit for about ten minutes before rinsing it off with water.

Salt Cleaning Paste

Another great way that you can get rid of mold and mildew in your home is by making homemade salt cleaning paste out of bleach. Just mix one part salt with two parts bleach along with two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly before applying them to areas where there are mold or mildew growths. Let this mixture sit for about ten minutes before scrubbing it into the surface and then rinsing it all off with warm water. This solution will also kill any existing mold or mildew as well as prevent new spores from growing. Make sure to do this solution on an inconspicuous area first just in case there are any negative reactions.

Fabric Softener

If you have fabric softener sheets, they can also be used to get rid of mold and mildew. Just place one sheet onto the surface where you see mold or mildew growth and let it sit for about an hour. This will help to kill off the mold and mildew spores. If you don’t have any fabric softener sheets, you can also use dryer sheets for this purpose as well. This method does not prevent the spores from growing anymore. 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another way that you can get rid of mold and mildew in your home. Just mix ten drops of tea tree oil with one cup of water along with a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Use this mixture to scrub areas affected by mold or mildew before rinsing it all off with warm water. Make sure to spot test this mixture on an inconspicuous area first just in case there are any negative reactions. Tea tree oil is only effective against surface mold, so if there are any serious infestations, you may need to seek the help of a professional.

Conclusion

Mold and mildew can be a big nuisance and can cause a lot of damage to your home if left untreated. However, there are many ways that you can get rid of them without using harsh chemicals. These include solutions such as lemon juice and salt, tannin solution, baking soda, salt cleaning paste, fabric softener sheet, and tea tree oil. Try out some of these solutions to see which one works best for you and your home.