Have You Been Exposed To Toxic Mold?

Mold, so you say I don’t see any mold in my home but do you really know what you are looking at?

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You know that pink stuff that just show’s up in your shower?  Yep you got it,  its mold. The bathroom is an extremely problematic area.   So what do you do?

Use the Right Products

There’s no need to buy specialist products to get rid of the mold. Work with vinegar, bleach, alcohol, and even citrus extract first. All these will get into the particles of your windowsills, tiles, and more.

 

 

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You will need to do more than just spray and wipe. Leave the products on for a few minutes and allow them to physically kill off the mold spores. You can then get in with a toothbrush, especially into the smaller areas, to get rid of the remnants of the problem.

Just leaving one spore behind will mean your mold problem returns.

After you’ve cleaned up the mold spores, you’ll need to use vinegar or citrus extract regularly. These will help to kill any new spores that start to form due to the warm and damp area.

Clean the Bathroom Regularly

Don’t just mop the floor. You want to clean the sinks, baths, and basins regularly. Make it part of your weekly chore list. Scrub into the section where the bath/sink join with the wall and don’t forget about where the taps connect to the basins. You want to get rid of any beads of moisture.

Mold can also grow where your soaps and body washes sit. This is because of oils and scum from the bottles drip onto the bath or the stand. Clean the outside of your products and wipe away all the buildup of oils and scum so mold spores don’t have anything to feed on.

Don’t forget about the grate in your showers. This will see a buildup of hair, skin cells, oils, and scum. Remove the grate and regularly clean it. You want to get into the pipes where possible, as mold will build in these sections. Use a vinegar cleanser and pour it down the drains regularly to kill all the mold that grows here. Unfortunately, you can’t stop the mold growth within the drains, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a health problem.

Mold is a very common problem in a lot of households because it grows everywhere and it can cause a variety of health problems. Mold is present under the sink, in the basement, in the shower, in leaking walls, etc. Researchers have found that mold releases millions of spores into the room and can cause winter allergies and asthma attacks.

Don’t forget your drains too.. way down in them pipes is a nightmare.. so clean often too.

There are a number home remedies to kill mold dead in its tract’s.  Mold removal spray ~ 50% white vinegar, 50% distilled water & 1 tsp tea tree essential oil for every cup made. Spray on & leave. (She used 80/20 mix)

You’ll Need:

  • Distilled White Vinegar,  Tea Tree Oil be sure that it’s real pure 100% tea tree essential oil or it may not work. Many store bought oils are not pure – learn more about it here.}
  • Water
  • Empty, Clean Spray Bottle {glass bottle preferably, old apple cider vinegar jars work great}

Instructions:

1. Fill empty spray bottle at least half full with vinegar {if you can stand the vinegar smell, I usually make mine a bit stronger with an 80:20 ratio of vinegar and water instead of 50:50}.

2. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water, leaving about a 1 inch gap at the top of the bottle.

3. Add drops of essential oil{s} – 1 teaspoon of essential oil for every 1 cup of vinegar/water solution.

How To Use:

  • When ready to use the cleaner, shake vigorously to combine the essential oils throughout the mixture. Spray on surface to clean.
  • To help remove mold – generously spray on showers, shower doors, walls, tubs, etc. and LET SIT as a preventative, do not wipe down. The smell will be strong but it will go away.
  • Tip: Large stores like Target usually carry 1 gallons of white vinegar for around $2-3. This is the best price that I have found for vinegar anywhere.

Note: This homemade anti mold spray is only intended for surface mold on non-porous surfaces. Mold cannot be completely cleaned from porous surfaces like clothing, particle board, mattresses, paper, etc.

If you still find that you’re having trouble cleaning mold in your bathroom, I recommend you seek professional help.  If you need help finding somebody let me know as I know some  mold specialist all over the USA.