The best way to remove mold and mildew with 2 ingredients (no bleach!)

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Have you found some mould in your home? While it can come as a shock and disappointment to find mould, the reality is that mould spores are everywhere. They are floating around in the air waiting for the perfect opportunity to settle into a nice, warm and moist area so that the spores can multiply. That means that areas of the home and homes that are prone to excess moisture are target areas for mould growth. So that's why we usually find mould growing in the bathroom, or around leaks, and wherever there is humidity. The best way to prevent mould from growing in your home in the first place is to make sure that you're keeping the air in your home relatively dry. So get yourself a good dehumidifier and an air purifier too. Also, having proper ventilation in your home is very important. So make sure that you have extraction fans to extract any excess moisture out of the air in your home. If you already have mould in your home, you'll want to learn how to remove mould so you can get on top of it right away. It's a good thing there are so many great cleaning tips available online that help us learn how to remove mould the proper way so that it never returns.

Alexis from Chemistry Cachet shares her mould cleaning tips with us, and since she's a chemist, she's done her research to find the best cleaning tips. Even better, her cleaning tips use all natural ingredients so they won't have a toxic impact on you, your family or the environment. While many people use bleach to remove mould from their homes, it can do more harm than good. It's very potent and toxic for starters, plus it can actually make mould problems worse. Bleach has water in it which feeds mould. Also, the pigments in the mould are removed by the bleach you may think that you've gotten rid of the issue, but the spores are still alive and spreading. Alexis also can't use white vinegar which is a very common natural cleaner used to remove mould. Since her bathroom has all natural stone in it, she can't use vinegar because it damages the stone. So instead she uses tea tree essential oil which is all natural and extremely effective on mould. All you do is add 20 drops of tea tree oil to about a 1/2 cup or 3/4 cups of water. Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to mix. Then, to use spray the homemade tea tree oil spray on the mouldy area. Let it sit on the mould for 10 minutes or so and then take a cloth and wipe the mould away. For smaller areas, you can use a Q-tip or a toothbrush.

Alexis says that tea tree oil is so effective because of the high anti-microbial activity it has. If you have mould that has been around for a long time, this might not work since the mould has seeped beneath the surface. In this situation, the materials would need to be replaced. Also, if you have more mould in your home than just a smaller patch, you need to hire professionals to come and remove it for you. They know the best methods for cleaning mould and how to eradicate it, so it doesn't return. The mould growing in your shower or on your walls could be linked to a deeper problem like a leak in a pipe or your roof. Try out these cleaning tips and learn how to remove mould from your home for good.***

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