How to Naturally Eliminate Mold, Mildew, and Fungus from Home
Every year before the monsoon comes we should always take some preventive measures for our home so that it does not have any ill effect on our home. Mold is one of those problems which is difficult to control and is a costly thing to correct. But even after being very careful, mold affects some part or item of our houses. This problem further aggravates the houses where ventilation is not that good. The following are the suggestive home solutions for getting rid of it without trying any harsh solutions like bleach, acid, or any costly disinfectant.
How to get rid of mold and fungus naturally?
Sunlight is possibly the best solution to this problem. Although it is a rare thing to have a full bright sunny day during the monsoon, make sure when you have one you make the most of it. Sunlight is the best natural disinfectant. So when the sun is out try giving the sunlight to your damp clothes, mattresses, books, laundry, and shoes, etc. Open the windows of your house to get the warmth of the sun gets in, also check your foodgrains if needed put them into the sunlight.
Vinegar is also a very good solution for getting relief from the mold. If you do not like the strong smell of it then you can even dilute it with water and use. But for the best results, it should be directly sprayed on the affected area. As per the various studies, almost 82 percent of mold spores, viruses, and bacteria are killed by white vinegar. As a preventive measure, you can spray the vinegar on surfaces before the mold comes.
If your room is dark and is not properly ventilated then there are chances that fungus and mildew will have a greater effect there. You can improve the light in your room by replacing the dark and thick curtains with some lighter ones. If it is not possible to increase the natural sunlight than add some bulbs in the moist areas of your house. The light and heat of the bulb will reduce the moisture of the room and hence can minimize the chances of fungus.
One more solution to the problem is Hydrogen Peroxide. You can have a bottle of 3 percent Hydrogen Peroxide and spray on the moldy surface and leave it for some time. Then rub it with a brush and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. For a better result use Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar together.
Baking Soda and Borax:
You can also use high pH compounds like Sodium Bicarbonate better known as Baking Soda and Borax which prevents the growth of mold. Borax can remove some tough stains but is not effective like a strong cleaning product.
Mold Prevention: Is There Anything Else That We Can Try?
So what are the ways to stop mold? You should try wiping the damp surfaces of your home more frequently. You can also use a dehumidifier, spraying vinegar will help but most importantly you have to be vigilant for any leakages. You can also use odor bags containing activated charcoal bags. This tends to eliminate mold in the most efficient way. Mold is quite natural in monsoon but being extra vigilant can stop it.