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When cleanliness is next to happiness, mold can be one of the most frustrating of offenders we find in the house. Not only does it cause unsightly discoloration, especially on bright surfaces, but it can also be a health risk.

Exposure to mold is one of those health issues that many people aren’t aware of and even doctors struggle to determine. But, it can cause headaches, rashes, sinus problems, and other minor health problems. More seriously, extensive mold reactions can result in critical respiratory and neurological problems.

Most of us don’t need much persuasion to clean up moldy spots, but now that we have the extra motivation with it, we should start thinking about how to handle the situation naturally. Equally as toxic, many chemical cleaning products will damage our overall wellness the same way mold will. Why replace one toxin with another?

There are lots of natural approaches for getting rid of mold.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a cleaning marvel. It’s good disinfecting. It’s good for grease removal. It’s good for washing clothes. And, it’s good for taking on mold.

Typically, vinegar is diluted when used to make cleaning products, but for mold, it might not hurt to just take it full-strength from the bottle. Spray it on to scrub the area or dump some on a rag and apply it that way. Learn more about using vinegar to naturally keep things clean and safe.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Most of us think of hydrogen peroxide as something we use for cleaning wounds, but it’s far more useful than that. It can be an effective teeth whitener, and it can work hard against mold.

When using hydrogen peroxide as a mold remover, dilute it one teaspoon to one cup of water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it on to the surface and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping it away.

Tea Tree Oil

Much the same as hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil is most commonly used for cleaning wounds. It’s very potent stuff with a strong smell to boot. Nevertheless, it can really knock mold out.

Tea tree oil has very strong antibacterial and anti-fungal elements that do not agree with mold. Just buy a bottle of the essential oil. Mix one teaspoon to one cup of water. This mixture should be sprayed onto the surface and allowed to sit for an hour or more.

Vodka

Vodka is also a good mold killer, and many of us have made the mistake of buying a cheap bottle and living to regret that the next day. No worries! Cheap vodka will kill mold as effectively as the good stuff.

It can be applied similarly: It should be sprayed onto the moldy surface, allowed to sit for a while and then wiped away.

When all is said and done, it’s important to take the appropriate steps for keeping the mold at bay. One step towards getting that done is applying a baking soda solution (a teaspoon in a cup of water) to the area, which will make a final blow to any surviving mold and keep it from coming back. Check out some more amazing way to use baking soda around the house

But, equally as important is changing the conditions that caused the mold in the first place. Mold tends to love humid places, so be sure to air areas out and/or use a dehumidifier where mold might like to grow. That should take care of it and you!

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