After finding mold growing in your bathroom and kitchen, you want to get rid of it so you can avoid the adverse effects it can have on your family's health. However, you are also reluctant to use chemicals with toxic fumes in tight spaces. Here are four ways to mold removal in your house using all-natural ingredients.
White Distilled Vinegar
Not only is white distilled vinegar a powerful disinfectant, it also kills both mold and its spores. It can also prevent the growth of mold if allowed to air dry so that it can leave its residue on the surfaces.
Pour the vinegar directly onto a rag or sponge without diluting it. If you find the strong smell overpowering, add a couple drops of lavender or grapefruit essential oil to make it more pleasant. Rub the moldy areas with the solution and let it sit for 15 minutes.
To prevent mold from regrowing, pour full-strength vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray a heavy mist on areas where you have seen growth before and let it air dry. Do not rinse.
Baking Soda Paste
Not only does baking soda kill mold on the surface of your bathroom and kitchen fixtures and tiles, it also acts as a mild abrasive. This allows it to scrub any remaining spores or roots that have crept into porous materials.
In a small dish, combine 1/4 cups of baking soda with 1/4 cups of water. It should have a thick, pasty consistency. Using a toothbrush or wet sponge, apply the paste directly onto the mold and scrub in a circular motion. Rinse with water.
For extra mold-killing power, replace the water with vinegar. The two ingredients create a potent reaction that can kill mold deep inside any crevices or pores.
Tea Tree Oil
The oil of the tea tree is how nature controls mold out in the wild by killing both the spores and the mature fungi. You can purchase the oil to make a solution to kill the mold found in your house as well.
In a small bowl, mix 2 cups of warm water and 2 teaspoons of the tea tree oil. Pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle. Heavily spray any moldy surfaces with the solution and allow it to air dry.
Even small amounts of tea tree oil leave a very strong odor for a couple of days. While it is not harmful, you may find it overpowering. If so, leave a window open to help air out the smell.
Citrus Seed Extract
The acidic properties of citrus seed extract help it to kill already established mold. It also makes it difficult for the spores to take root and grow when allowed to dry naturally on your home's surfaces. Any citrus seed extract can be used, although grapefruit is often used because it does not have an odor.
In a small bowl, mix 2 cups of water and 20 drops of the extract oil. Pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle. Spray the molded areas until they are saturated. Allow the liquid to air dry without rinsing it.
All four of the main ingredients in these methods are effective for killing mold by themselves, or you can use them together for very stubborn growth. However, after using them to kill the mold you can see in your house, you may be concerned about hidden growth within your walls and ceilings. If so, contact a service that provides mold inspection to find out if your suspicions are correct. They can also make recommendations about how to deal with it if any is found.