DIY Mold Cleaning During Lockdown
Mold may be growing in your home and you don’t even know it, that’s because mold loves dark, warm, humid places to live. Your basement, kitchen, and bathroom are at the most risk for mold and bacteria growth because they are in constant contact with moisture. When the conditions are right, mold can grow within 24-48 hours. Leaving mold untreated can cause respiratory illnesses as well as be a major factor for year-round allergies. This is why it is so important to kill mold at first sight.
Are you finding it difficult to clean the mold during the lockdown? Don’t worry! We have prepared top ways to DIY mold clean.
You’ll need the following cleaning supplies:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Scrub brush
- Rubber gloves to protect your hands
- Spray bottle
- Sliced Oranges
Here are the quick ways to prepare 5 household solutions for cleaning mold:
Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial solution that kills mold efficiently on a variety of materials such as kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, floors, and walls.
To kill mold: Pour 3% concentration hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Saturate the moldy surface thoroughly and leave it to sit for 10 minutes.
Next, scrub the area to eliminate the entire mold and mold stains. And ultimately, wipe the surface down to remove residual mold and spores.
Vinegar is a mild acid that can kill 82% of mold species.
To kill mold: Use white distilled vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle without watering it down. Spray the vinegar onto the moldy surface and sit it for an hour. Eventually, wipe the area clean with water and allow the surface to dry. Any smell from the vinegar should clear within a few hours.
Baking soda is a mild, white mineral powder, that can be used to kill mold in your home, plus it is safe for your family and pets. Besides killing mold, it will absorb moisture to help keep mold away.
To kill mold: Add one-quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle of water and shake until it has dissolved. Spray the moldy area with the baking soda and water solution, then use a scrub brush to remove all the mold from the surface. Next, rinse the surface with water to remove any residual mold on the surface.
Finally, spray the area again and let the surface dry. (This will kill any left-over mold and prevent the mold from returning).
Sliced Orange + Vinegar:
Combine Sliced Oranges with Vinegar to kill the mold. Cut an orange in half and rub it directly on the mildew.
To Kill Mold: The acidity and enzymes found in this fruit can effectively kill mildew. After several minutes, spray the area with vinegar and wipe clean.
It is unknown to most, this is a hidden gem in the world of carpet mildew removal. Opt for the kind that involves baking soda to further create a mild foaming agent. Spray the carpet with warm water and apply the toothpaste to a scrubbing brush. Scrub the affected area and wait for several minutes, spray again with water and wipe clean.
All of these solutions are great non-toxic alternatives to chemical-based cleaners. Not only because they are safe to are use and safe for the environment, but all of these products economical and easy to find in your local store during these critical times.
Tips for No Mold Formation:
- It is important to ensure that you open windows regularly to let the excess moisture escape, as well as avoid drying your laundry inside.
- Mould is caused by a build-up of water and excess moisture. In order to avoid getting damp or mold, you need to try and reduce the amount of water the house is producing, or that is trapped inside the building. It really is as simple as opening windows and ensuring wetter rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens are properly ventilated.
- To help reduce the moisture content of the room, make sure that when you’re using saucepans, you are using lids. This prevents the steam from escaping into the room.
- While cooking, make sure that you regularly open windows to get fresh air in and let the steam escape and use the extractor fan when cooking.
- To keep the bathroom dry, ventilation is the key. to keep. Ensure whenever you have a shower or bath there is a window open, or a fan is on. This will draw any steam out of the room and your house.
- Make sure that any uneven areas where water can collect are dried regularly. Pay special attention to the sealant around baths, shower, and toilets.
- If you are drying your laundry inside, make sure windows are open and there’s a steady stream of air. Alternatively use a dryer or hang laundry outside to remove the worst of the water.
- If your clothes go moldy, you can feel by the smell and will see mold growing on them. In this case, they should be either thrown away or professionally dry cleaned. This will kill the mold spores.
- If mold is growing on white surfaces, such as in the bathroom, a watered-down bleach solution is a good way to remove it. If after scrubbing this doesn’t have much of an effect, you can soak some cotton pads in bleach and leave them on the affected area overnight.
Follow these clean techniques to stop those unsightly spores in their tracks or prevent them from even taking up residence. Or you can simply call Dry Effect for professional Mold Cleaning Services. We’ll give you a hand with the dirty work and make your mold cleaning process simple!