Naturally rid your home of mold and mildew

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When we think about what kills mould, we often think of using bleaches or other harsh chemicals to stamp it out for good. While it might seem like a good idea to use the harshest cleaners possible to eradicate these clusters of mould, there is a safer, more natural way of getting rid of mould. On HuffPost Kristen Hudson of Organic shares the different ways how to remove mould and what kills mould. The methods she shares are all natural and non-toxic which is great for you and your family as well as the environment. Whatever you do, don't leave mould too long as it can cause some pretty serious health issues including respiratory issues and allergies. Plus, it can grow out of control very quickly too so it's best to catch it and clean it as soon as possible. Mould grows in moist, warm and dark areas, so you're most likely to find it in your bathroom. You can also find it in areas like the attic, your walls; especially exterior walls, and in your basement. Some of the mould issues can arise because of leaks in your home's plumbing, or a roof leak so make sure that you get that looked at and fixed as soon as possible, otherwise, the mould will keep returning.

The best way to remember what kills mould is to think of the things that it thrives with and do the opposite. So because mould loves humidity, keep your home dry and get a good dehumidifier in your home. Since mould loves dampness, always clean up any standing water right away. Mould thrives in closed environments with bad ventilation, so allow some air to circulate through your home. It grows in dark environments, so let the sunlight into your home as much as possible and open doors and windows. Learn how to remove mould using natural cleaners and use them often to prevent mould. Acidic cleaners like vinegar are perfect for killing mould spores. For best results, use white distilled vinegar undiluted and put it in a spray bottle for easy application. Then, spray right onto the mould and let it sit for 20 minutes and wipe away with a cloth. Tea tree essential oil is an all natural antifungal treatment. Use several drops of the oil mixed in a cup of water and add to a spray bottle to spray right on the mould. Again, you'll allow the mixture to sit for a while and then wipe clean.

Alcohol like vodka will work really well too, or, you can use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide too. Use any of these cleaners undiluted and spray them directly onto the mould. Let it work on killing the mould and then wipe it off. Baking soda is also known to be a wonderful mould killer too. You can mix some with water to make a paste and then apply it to the mouldy areas and scrub with a brush to remove the mould, or you can make a spray with more water and put it in a spray bottle to apply on the mould. Borax is also a great anti-fungal and can be used the same way as baking soda. If you notice that your mould problem might be bigger than you originally thought, you can call on a mould removal professional to come and assess the situation for you. They will come and inspect your home and do an air quality assessment to determine the severity of the mould issue in your home and then you can hire professional mould removal experts to get the mould out of your house.***

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