You don't have to live with ugly household mold. In fact, you really should not live with it any longer, as airborne mold spores can aggravate the allergies or asthma of anyone who spends time in your home. These three do-it-yourself mold removal treatments can help you eliminate household mold for good.
White vinegar is known to kill 82 percent of mold species, making it an effective solution for mold removal that is both non-toxic and inexpensive. Using vinegar to remove mold in your home only requires three simple steps:
- Fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar. Do not dilute it with water!
- Spray the mold spots with vinegar until they are saturated. Let the vinegar soak in for an hour or more.
- Wipe the vinegar off and allow the surface to dry. The vinegar odor should only linger for a little while.
White vinegar can also be used as a mold damage preventative tool. Just spray surfaces with it and let them dry naturally. By repeating this every few days, your bathroom tiles and other hard, non-porous surfaces will stay mold-free.
Hydrogen peroxide can effectively kill mold on a variety of surfaces like carpets, clothing and floor tiles. However, you should always perform a spot test on a hidden area of any surface you plan to treat with hydrogen peroxide. Here's all you need to do:
- Pour the hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and do not dilute it with water. Make sure you use an opaque bottle or store it in a dark place because light diminishes the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide.
- Spray the mold spots with hydrogen peroxide until they are saturated.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes or so while it works its magic.
- Scrub the surface with a sponge, cloth or brush to remove all mold stains and lingering spores.
- Wipe away excess liquid and allow the area to dry naturally.
On tough spots, add a little white vinegar to your bottle of hydrogen peroxide for even greater effectiveness.
Baking soda is another environmentally friendly treatment for household mold that can be used safely around pets and kids. Just follow these six steps:
- Add about a quarter-tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle filled with water and shake well.
- Spray the mold spots until they are saturated.
- Use a sponge or scrub brush to remove all mold stains and spores from the surface.
- Rinse the area with water.
- Spray the area one last time with the baking soda solution and allow it to dry naturally. This will kill any remaining mold spores and help prevent future mold growth.
If you're trying to clean a stubborn mold spot, just add a little white vinegar to your baking soda solution for more cleaning power.
It doesn't have to cost you an arm and leg to remove mold spots from your home. If you don't already have white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or baking soda sitting in the pantry, they are extremely inexpensive to purchase at any supermarket or drug store.