Mold and mildew can be tricky wherever you live. Sometimes you see them; sometimes you don’t. Sometimes they’re black; sometimes they’re white. Mold is a major-league nuisance. It blackens the grout lines in your shower, discolors walls by drying them. It shows up as black spots on, dark decks, and grows on and rots damp wood everywhere. Even worse, it can be bad for your health. It releases microscopic spores that cause allergic reactions, runny noses and sneezing, as well as irritating, even injurious odors.
Almost every home gets mold infestations due to their negligence. The trick is to stop them before they get big and harm you and your home. In this article, we’ll show you how to identify mold and eliminate small infestations as well as the big ones that have created a nuisance. Mold and mildew can be perilous to your health, even if you aren’t allergic. Many people react to mold by getting tired and even depressed. Try to stay on top of moisture and mold as soon as either arises. Dry out anything that is damp, such as basements (use a dehumidifier) and carpets. Fix leaks in plumbing and roofs. Wipe up spills. Make sure water doesn’t escape from shower curtains.
Three natural ingredients that kill mold include: Tea tree oil (an essential oil found in most health food stores), grapefruit seed extract and vinegar. There are pros and cons of each, but all three will work. Vinegar is by far the cheapest. Tea tree oil is expensive, but it is a broad spectrum fungicide and seems to kill all the mold families it contacts. The problem is that it has a very strong smell, but that dissipates in a few days. Grapefruit seed extract is also expensive, but has no smell.