Mold can be very dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified thousands of kinds of mold and they are all bad for human health. If you can prevent it from getting into your home, that is the best thing but if you find it, you may want to try some mold removal techniques that are non-toxic. Water damage is a common cause of mold in a home so if your mold problem is extensive, you may need to call in experts.
Non-Toxic Ways to Kill Mold:
1. Use Tea Tree Oil
Mold hates tea tree oil (so do bugs so you can use it to keep them away, too). Take a spray bottle of water and add at least ten drops of tea tree oil. You can spray this on walls, counters, floors, bathroom fixtures and appliances. If you have a real problem, you can add more tea tree oil. After you spray it on the areas, let it dry. Clean the area and repeat if there is still a problem. If you are cleaning up after water damage, this may take a few applications.
There are a lot of ways tea tree oil can be used around your home and this has an added benefit of smelling great.
2. Get Some Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal substance. It can be used everywhere that has a non-porous surface. It is not good for use on carpet or fabric. Take a solution that has 3% hydrogen peroxide and put it in your spray bottle. Saturate the molding surface with your hydrogen peroxide. Let this sit for a bit, between five and ten minutes should do it. Scrub the area. Remember, hydrogen peroxide can hurt the color of some materials (many people remember using on their hair) so you need to watch where you use it.
3. Try Some Vinegar
Vinegar can be used for so many things around the house and getting rid of mold is just one of them. Many of the reasons it is such a good thing to have around the house is that it is a mild acid. This makes it very effective at getting rid of stains and killing mold. Take some white, distilled vinegar and add it to your spray bottle. saturate the moldy areas and leave it alone. After about an hour, wash the area. You should use some water to do this. If the smell of the vinegar is still around after the area is dry, you can wipe it with some lemon water.
One of the best things about vinegar is that most of us have it in our homes already.
4. Break Out the Baking Soda
This is a mild powder but packs a powerful punch in your fight against mold. Unlike some chemicals that can be used to get rid of mold, baking soda is totally safe for you, your kids and your pets. It can also keep moisture out and that helps prevent water damage and more problems with mold. Most of us have some baking soda around the home already because it is so useful.
Ass about a quarter of a tablespoon of a baking soda to a spray bottle that is full of water. Shake the bottle until all of the baking soda has been dissolved. Spray your moldy area until it has been fully saturated. Take a scrub brush, rag or sponge to get rid of the mold. Wipe the surface clean. Spray the clean area one last time with your water and baking soda solution and let it dry.
Mold is serious. If you have anyone in your home with breathing problems, including asthma, all mold, including black mold, can be very dangerous. If you have water damage that was caused by a flood, your first task is to work on your water clean up. Stagnant water can lead to a number of other problems and help increase your local mosquito population, which can also pose a health threat. It is possible to deal with smaller mold problems with these non-toxic substances. Incorporating them into your cleaning routine can prevent them from gaining a foothold in your home.