Mold and mildew are everywhere, but it is important to keep them out of your home. There is the potential for many ill health effects, especially if you have a lot of build up in your home. Respiratory problems and infections are the most common health risks and these are especially common for those who have pre-existing respiratory diseases. Allergy symptoms can occur, such as watery eyes, runny nose and itchy eyes. Wheezing, sneezing and difficulty breathing are also possible. Respiratory infections can also occur if you have mold in your home.
Mildew and mold can grow in many areas of your home and these can be very hard to treat due to millions of tiny spores clumping together. They grow rapidly and can even get into the air allowing them to fully invade your home. Since mold and mildew grow so rapidly, it is important to take care of the problem as quickly as possible before they are allowed to get out of control. In addition to controlling moisture so that mold and mildew are not able to thrive there are some natural ways you can kill them naturally so that you reduce the effects on your health.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is promoted for many things, including controlling infection and clearing the skin, but it is also incredibly effective for controlling mold and mildew. All you need is a spray that you can easily make at home. This spray is safe for almost all surfaces and it is important to note that the smell is very strong for a couple of days. If you have someone in your home who is sensitive to scents, this may not be the best solution and you may want to try other natural methods first.
To make the spray, take two cups of water and two teaspoons of tea tree oil and combine both of these in a standard spray bottle. After shaking well just spray the solution on areas with mold and mildew and that is it. Do not wipe it away because it must sit to take care of the problem.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
The one great thing about this extract is that it is free of smell, so if you want something that works effectively, but leaves no scent behind, this is a great option. Take two cups of water and mix this with 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract.
You should put these into a spray bottle and shake the bottle well to mix them. Just like the tea tree oil, you spray this on the problem areas and just let it sit. There is no need to wipe it away.
It is very important to use a distilled vinegar for this and not any other type. One of the great things about vinegar is that it kills up to 82 percent of any mold, but you can also use it as a regular cleaner to prevent new spores from forming. Just put distilled vinegar in a spray bottle and spray your problem areas and do not wipe it away.
If the smell of vinegar is too much for you, you can add any essential oils that you like to make it smell better and to cut out that sour smell. If you stick with the straight vinegar, the smell lasts for only a few hours. One of the best essential oils to use with this type of vinegar is lemon oil because it is strong enough to mask the vinegar scent without being too overpowering.
Think about what peroxide does when you use it to clean out a small cut or a scrape. For this home remedy all you need is a spray bottle and a three-percent hydrogen peroxide. This type of peroxide is easy to find at any drug store and you can also find a basic plastic spray bottle there too. Just spray the peroxide on your problem area, allow it to sit and go to work for 10 minutes and then wipe is away.
You can also mix distilled vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together for extra power. Just do half hydrogen peroxide and half distilled vinegar in a spray bottle, shake and you are all set. The one thing to note is that hydrogen peroxide must be in a dark bottle or else its strength will weaken over time.
Baking soda is a fantastic cleaner and you can use it by itself, you can mix it with water or you can mix it with vinegar. If you mix it, just stir well so that baking soda dissolves and then put it into a spray bottle and spray this onto your problem area.
After it sits for about 15 minutes, scrub it away using a damp rag. Baking soda is mild and it disinfects well so it is great for just about any area, but it works really well on showers and tubs.