Safe and natural ways to get rid of mold

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Have you come across some mould growing in your home? Before you use some bleach on it, try out some natural cleaners first. Learning how to remove mould the natural way will not only be safer for you and your family, it's also better for the environment. To understand what kills mould, it's helpful to understand what feeds it in the first place. Mould thrives in humid, moist and warm environments. So especially in areas where there's a lot of rain and humidity in the air. You'll also typically find it in the areas of your home that are very humid, like in your bathroom which is constantly getting humid when you take a shower or a hot bath. It can also be found in basements where there tends to be poor air circulation and not enough natural sunlight. An attic is also a perfect place for mould to grow especially if there are roof leaks. The key to getting rid of mould for good is to figure out the source of the problem and then address that problem. So it could be a leak in your plumbing or in the roof, or it could be too much moisture building up and not enough ventilation.

Once you've figured out the problem, fix it your self or have a professional fix any major issues. Then, you can clean up the mould. Make sure you wear protection while you're cleaning up the mould in your home. This means gloves, a face mask and eye protection. Getting the mould in your air way or in your eyes or on your skin can cause health issues so protect yourself. You'll also need to learn what kills mould, and if you're like most people these days, you'll want to learn how to remove mould the natural way. The good news is, there are many natural cleaners that work really well to remove mould. White distilled vinegar is one of those cleaners, and it can kill up to 82% mould species. The only thing is, it smells very strong, so you'll want to open a window or put your fan on while you're using it. To kill mould with vinegar, just spray it right on the mould undiluted and let it sit for at least 20 minutes, but the Environmental Protection website says to wait 2 hours. Once time is up just take a clean cloth and wipe the area clean.

Baking soda added to the vinegar will be even more powerful. So put some of that on the mouldy area too, it will also help to absorb the excess moisture as well. Keep regularly spraying the areas where you found the mould with the vinegar to keep it away. Grapefruit seed extract is another great mould killer. Just mix 1 cup of water and 10 drops of the grapefruit seed extract. Put it in a spray bottle and spray the entire area well and then let it work on the mould for a while and wipe clean with a cloth. Tea tree oil can also be one of the best things to kill mould, so like the grapefruit seed extract, just put 10 drops of it into one cup of water and use it the same way you would use the other mixtures. If you have a mould problem that's much worse than you can handle, call a professional mould removal service to have them remove it for you. They know how to effectively remove the mould in the safest way possible so it won't spread to other areas of your home. For simple surface mould, any of these natural remedies should work just fine.***

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