Easy DIY mildew spray (indoor and outdoor use)

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Finding mildew or mould in your house is never a pleasant surprise. It can creep up on us going unnoticed until it has spread all over. Most mildew and mould might be pretty minor, but it's black mould that you have to watch out for. Black mould can be very harmful to our health which is why it's so important to get rid of it as soon as possible. You'll also want to get rid of mildew and minor mould issues as soon as possible, but they might be easier to take care of than some of the more intense mould infestations. For more serious issues, you should probably hire professionals to come and remove mould safely. When the mould has gotten into your walls and the framing or insulation of your home, it's time to deal with it professionally. If you just find minor mildew or mould, you can totally clean it yourself using these cleaning tips and natural cleaners. There are a couple of ways you can clean mould and mildew naturally.

Most of these natural cleaners can be used for other cleaning jobs around the house, so it's always good to have them around anyway. For one of the cleaning tips, you'll need isopropyl alcohol, 40-60 drops of tea tree essential oil, and cleaning vinegar. Cleaning vinegar is stronger and more acidic than regular white distilled vinegar so it will really take care of that mould or mildew for good. You can use all three of these power cleaners together, or you can just use the vinegar straight. Add the alcohol and essential oil together in a spray bottle and shake them to combine, then add in the cleaning vinegar and shake again to all of the ingredients are mixed. The vinegar works really well as a disinfectant and an antifungal treatment killing mildew and mould spores on contact. The tea tree essential oil works just as well and is also an antifungal solution, and the alcohol will sterilize and stabilize the solution which will help it keep for longer too.

To use your new homemade spray just take it and spray the problem areas with the vinegar solution. Once you've covered the area well let it sit for at least an hour. Once the hour is up take a damp cloth and wipe the area clean. You can also scrub and trouble areas with a brush, just be sure not to let the liquid splatter because this could spread the mould or mildew. You can also leave the spray on the mould without wiping it off. You can also apply another layer of it to prevent the mould or mildew from growing back. If you notice some stains, you can also use some baking soda on them. Just make a paste with some baking soda and put it on the stain. Leave that for at least 30 minutes and then scrub and rinse off. You can also use the cleaning spray as a shower and bathtub cleaner as well as to clean your sink, vanity and toilet. To keep mould and mildew at bay, it's best to also keep your home free of excess moisture and humidity. To do this, make sure you have a dehumidifier and that you always open a window or use an extraction fan when you're having a shower or a hot bath. This will help keep the humidity under control. You will also want to clean your shower regularly to keep the mould and mildew away, and you should also check for the source of the problem which could be a leaky pipe or a roof leak. You can also use this spray for outdoor use as well.***

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