How to clean mold


Mold can appear in every nook and cranny of your home, causing serious health problems if you don’t handle them properly.

There are many solutions to mold treatment, regular cleaning is one of them. In addition, you can take advantage of sunlight or run a dehumidifier to control the humidity of the environment, helping to limit mold growth.

Experts of the cleaning service company Modernistic (USA) advise, before starting to handle mold, you should wear a mask and gloves. Then you use the following suitable mold cleaners.

Vinegar

Vinegar helps to clean mold effectively, cost-effectively and environmentally friendly. The slightly acidic nature of vinegar can kill mold on many types of surfaces. The experts of the sheet The Spruce recommend using vinegar to remove mold on household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, coffee makers… However, do not confuse white vinegar with apple cider vinegar, because of the sugar component in apple cider vinegar. May promote mold growth.

Initially, you pour pure white vinegar into a spray bottle, then spray on the moldy surface to wet, leave for at least an hour. Next, you use a brush, sponge or toothbrush to clean the mold stains. Once done, wipe the surface with warm water and let it dry completely. The strong smell of vinegar can be unpleasant, but it should go away in no time. In case you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, you can mix a little essential oil into the solution.

Lemon

Another inexpensive mold cleaner is lemon juice. Not only is it environmentally friendly, lemons have a lighter, more pleasant smell than vinegar. The mild acidity of lemon does not adversely affect the surfaces to be cleaned.

We recommend using undiluted lemon juice on heavy mold surfaces, or a 50-50 mix for mild mold cleaning. Spray lemon juice on the moldy surface and let it sit for about 10 minutes, before rinsing with warm soapy water, and then letting it dry completely. Lemon juice can help kill mold on shower curtains, garbage trays, bathroom tiles, some fabrics… To enhance the effect of lemon juice, you should mix lemon juice and vinegar in the same proportions. equal and add a little baking soda to create a cleaning mixture. You can also heat up lemon juice sprays to increase their effectiveness.

Baking soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has many uses in house cleaning due to its high pH. Plus, baking soda is inexpensive, odorless, and non-toxic, making it safe for people and pets. In addition to its mildew-killing properties, baking soda is hygroscopic, which helps inhibit future mold growth.

To make a cleaning solution with baking soda, place 1/4 teaspoon of this powder in a spray bottle filled with water, shake, and mix well. Then, you spray on the moldy surface and then scrub it with a scouring pad, sponge or brush. Dry the surface and spray lightly again to prevent mold growth again. For stubborn patches of mold, you should use two parts baking soda, one part water, and one part vinegar. After spraying this mixture on, you let them dry before scrubbing.

Hydrogen peroxide (Hydrogen peroxide)

Hydrogen peroxide – commonly known as hydrogen peroxide with the chemical formula H2O2 – is a useful solution if your home has a mold problem. Its antifungal, antiviral and anti-bacterial properties make it an effective mold remover and works like bleach, albeit a little slower.

If you want to try cleaning mold with hydrogen peroxide, pour the 3% solution directly into a spray bottle. Surfaces for mold should be checked to make sure hydrogen peroxide will not damage or discolor them. You spray this solution on the mold surface until wet, then let it sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub and dry the surface. Hydrogen peroxide is suitable for surfaces such as kitchen appliances, countertops, bathtubs, some wall surfaces.

Bleach

Bleach is one of the effective products that help kill mold, but it only works in certain cases. Bleach doesn’t work on surfaces like drywall or wood, according to Healthline, because mold gets deep into them while bleach only bleaches the top surface. However, on surfaces like bathtubs, bleach works great.

As recommended by experts, household bleach must be diluted, no matter how badly moldy the surface is. When using bleach, you should open exhaust fans and windows to avoid harm to your health. Mix about 16 cups of water with a cup of bleach, put it in a spray bottle, spray the moldy area and let it sit for a while, then rub, rinse, and let dry. Remember to throw away that mold scrub.

Borax powder (also known as welding)

Borax powder’s high pH helps prevent mold growth when you use it for cleaning. This is also an economical solution when dealing with mold, and is considered to be better than baking soda. It is worth noting that welding is toxic if swallowed, so it should be used when wearing a mask, away from places with children or pets.

When using borax, you mix 16 cups of water with one cup of borax, dip a scrub brush into the solution and rub it on the moldy surface, then wipe it with a clean cloth. When everything is done, spray an extra layer of solution on the surface, let it dry naturally, to prevent future mold growth.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste not only helps you clean your teeth, but also effectively removes mold stains on bathroom tiles, sinks, showers or other hard surfaces.

To clean these mold stains, moisten the bristles with water, squeeze a little toothpaste on top, and then rub the mold. Depending on the surface, you adjust the scrubbing force. You can also use a toothbrush soaked in toothpaste to clean delicate surfaces. When you’re done, wipe it off with a dry towel.

Thuy Linh (According to Hous Digest)

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