Mould and mildew are not just unsightly – destroying grout and staining porous surfaces – they can also be detrimental to your health. Mould and mildew spores usually cause allergies and skin irritation. Keep your home free of unwanted fungus using these all-natural tips and cleaning methods. Since mould and mildew are – unfortunately – a common problem in London we’d like to give you some advice how to get rid of it naturally.
How To Get Rid Of Mold And Mildew
Dry it up
Mould and mildew thrive in wet environments. For wet areas of the home like bathrooms and kitchens, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier. Also, be sure to fix any leaky plumbing as soon as possible to prevent mould and mildew from growing in hard-to-reach areas like behind walls and under cabinets. Make it a habit to air out your home regularly by opening windows and doors. Also, if you have ventilation fans, use them to further cycle the air in any rooms prone to excessive moisture. Keep shower curtains closed when not in use so they can dry. Furthermore, avoid leaving items like damp rugs, moist towels, or wet clothes laying around as these are the perfect medium for mould and mildew to grow in.
Make the air
The fewer mould or mildew spores in your home, the less growth you’ll have to worry about. Consider purchasing a high-quality air purifier to keep the air clean. Install mould and mildew spore-catching filters in your air conditioning return vent.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a potent natural fungicide. To use this essential oil to kill existing mould and mildew growth, only add around ten drops of tea tree oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray onto hard surfaces where fungus is growing and let this amazing oil go to work. You’ll still have to scrub a bit, but with repeated use, this all-natural cleaner will kill the fungus and help to prevent future growth. Remember: You’ll have to shake this mixture well before each use as the oils will separate.
Seal Grout and Tile
Once you have your grout and tiles clean and clear of mould and mildew, you may also want to seal them to prevent future growth. Unsealed grout and unfinished tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms are an invitation for mould and mildew to grow. If you notice your grout is staining or holding water for longer than it should (grout darkens when it absorbs water), you may need to reseal it.
Plain white vinegar is one of the best all-natural cleaners – not just for ridding kitchens and bathrooms of mildew – but for cleaning your entire home! Vinegar is naturally antimicrobial, so there’s no need to mix it with anything. Simple pour vinegar (white or any other kind) into a spray bottle and apply anywhere mould and mildew are growing. Let it sit for a few minutes to kill and dissolve the fungus, then wipe away with a cloth or sponge.
If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you may use other fermented liquids in a similar fashion. Distilled grain alcohols like vodka will kill mould and mildew just as quickly. Go ahead and use the cheap stuff, too. Inexpensive “bottom shelf” spirits tend to be filtered less and distilled fewer times, meaning they contain more congeners like acetaldehyde which is exponentially more toxic (about thirty times more so) to unwanted fungus than ethanol.
After you are done with mould and mildew, you might need to paint the room again. Therefore you may try calling professional painters to avoid any problems with affected walls.