9 cleaning solutions to get mildew out of any surface

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Are you always tempted to reach for the bleach when it comes to cleaning mould and mildew in your home? Instead of using harsh chemicals, why not try some natural cleaners instead? While bleach is an obvious solution for cleaning up mould and mildew, natural cleaners like vinegar can be just as effective at cleaning mildew or mould in your bathroom, on clothing, furniture, painted surfaces, plastic, and more. You just have to use the vinegar at full strength. You can also use cleaning vinegar which is a bit more acidic and powerful than regular table vinegar. For light stains though, you can dilute the white vinegar with an equal parts water. Vinegar can also be used to make an all-purpose natural cleaner that can help prevent mould and mildew, and it can also keep germs and odours at bay too. Just create a mixture of half vinegar and half water and then add in some of your favourite essential oils. Tea tree oil is wonderful for keeping mildew and mould away, and lavender goes nicely with it.

Another natural cleaner you can use is ammonia, even though it's natural, it can be pretty toxic so it's best to handle with care and it's best to use it outdoors in a well-ventilated area with gloves, a face mask and eye protection. To clean outdoor furniture just mix up 1 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 gallon of water. Put it in a spray bottle to spray on your furniture that has mildew or mould on it and then scrub with a cleaning brush and rinse it off really well after you're done. If you notice some mildew growing on your plastic shower curtain insert, you can actually throw it in the washing machine to clean it. Just put it into the washing machine with two bath towels and wash it with warm water on the gentle setting. Also, add in 1/2 cup of baking soda during the wash cycle and 1/2 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. Take out the shower curtain before it goes on the spin cycle and just let it air dry.

Mould and mildew on upholstery and other fabrics can be a pain too, but just use borax to clean it up by mixing a solution of 1/2 cup of borax with 2 cups of hot water then rub it into the affected areas. Let it soak on the fabric for a few hours or until the stain disappears and then rinse it out really well. For the mould or mildew on clothes or other fabrics, soak the pieces in a 2 cups of borax and 2 quarts of water. For mildew in the bathroom, just grab a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and pour it right onto the affected area. Let it sit and then scrub it with a cleaning brush and rinse. Mould and mildew should also be prevented from returning once you've cleaned them away. This can be done by staying on top of it by cleaning the areas regularly, and especially by keeping your home dryer with less humidity. You can get a dehumidifier in your home to take out the excess moisture in the air that can cause mildew and mould to grow and you can also be sure to properly ventilate your home. Having a wood burning fireplace in your home can also combat any excess moisture in the home as well. Also, you'll want to find the source of the problem whether it's a leak from a pipe or a roof leak coming from outside.***

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