Mold is scary and discovering it is never pleasant. Plus, honestly, it makes you feel like crap when you find it. First comes shock "OMG! When did this happen!" then denial "It must have happened overnight because I totally just cleaned [insert affected area here] yesterday. I like always do!" then the blame game starts "It is Twitters fault. I meant to clean the shower last week but then that thing on twitter happened and I had to follow along". Trust me. I have been there. It is always Twitters fault.
Okay so you found mold...now what?
There are a lot of different methods to eliminate mold that accumulates in your home. Most people probably jump straight to the bottle of bleach but why exposure yourself and your family to the toxic chemicals that come with it? There are several natural solutions that work just as good or better than bleach at eliminating mold.
Recently I discovered mold on pretty much every window in our house thanks to the unseasonably cold temperatures we have been having. I tried 2 different methods to eliminate the mold with differing success.
Method #1 - Vinegar and Essential Oil
Pour white vinegar into a glass spray bottle and add 10 drops of any essential oil to help with the strong vinegar smell (totally optional). I added grapefruit essential oil because I love grapefruit (and it was right beside me and I didn't want to have to go back downstairs).
Spray onto the area with mold and leave it for days. When I was researching this method this struck me as off but I figured I should actually follow the instructions so I just let it sit for days.
After 3 days I noticed some difference but obviously the mold was still there because I had not wiped it away. I'm not sure if it is just supposed to magically disappear in some way via science but that was not the case with me.
Method #2 - Tea Tree Oil and Water
Fill a glass spray bottle with water and add 15 drops of tea tree oil. Spray onto the affected area and leave for 2 hours. Marvel in how much time you are saving over Method #1 and how you have some sense of instant gratification of how you are an awesome problem solver.
Wipe the affected areas up with a cloth. I opted to use my supply of paper towel that I reserve for bacon because I honestly did not want to be reusing cloths after them coming in contact with mold...no matter how much I would wash them. If the area has completely dried them spray a bit more of the tea tree oil and water mix on to make the cleanup easier.
For those hard to reach areas like the crevasses and corners of the windows use a toothbrush or q-tip.
These methods do not need to be used only for getting rid of mold on windows. They would also work on your shower and bathtubs, fabric and pretty much any other sealed service.
Mold can have a impact on your health and the severity can very from minimal to severe based on your sensitivity to mold. It can cause stuffiness, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation and even depression. It is important that when you discover mold you not only clean it up but prevent if from coming back.
Prevent Mold from Developing
* Use your ventilation fans for at least 30 minutes after using the shower.
* Ensure your house is at the proper humidity levels.
* Open your windows! Even in the winter...just a few minutes helps.
* Clean up any accumulated water and condensation.
* Leave your front loader washing machine door open when not in use.
* Stretch your shower curtain out after use to allow it to dry.
* Leave the shower door open after use to allow proper air circulation.
* Wash dehumidifiers with vinegar a few times a month.
Have you ever discovered mold? What did you do to eliminate and prevent it?
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