When you live in an environment that is humid, mildew and mold are just a natural byproduct. There is a good chance that mold is growing in your home and you do not even realize it. This is because mold loves places that are warm, humid, and dark. Your kitchen, bathroom, and basement are all at risk for bacteria and mold growth because they are constantly in contact with moisture. When conditions are right, mold may grow within just one or two days.
If mold is left untreated it can cause respiratory issues as well as be a factor for allergies throughout the year. This is why it is important to kill mold as soon as you see it. The good news is that mold is often fairly simple to get rid of. In fact, there are several homemade methods for effectively removing mold from your home.
When it comes to cleaning agents, vinegar can be your best friend. You can dilute the vinegar with some water in order to make the scent more bearable. However, for mold killer, vinegar will work best when it is not diluted and is sprayed directly onto the mold from a spray bottle. You will want to leave the vinegar on the mold for several hours.
Once the vinegar has set for a bit, you will then want to scrub the area with a brush designed for mold removal. If the smell of the vinegar truly bothers you, adding some essential oil may help. You may also add some orange peels or other citrus peels to help with the scent. Just know, that the smell will go away by the time you are ready to scrub the area. The vinegar will kill the majority of mold spores and any bacteria or viruses.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be used for a number of different things. When it comes to removing mold, using tea tree oil is one of the more expensive options. However, it only takes two teaspoons of the oil mixed with a couple of water to last for quite a while. Put this mixture into a spray bottle and then spray the solution directly onto the area that the mold has invaded.
You will want to make sure that you do not rinse the solution off of the mold. You will want to leave it on for a long time and then scrub away any mold that remains. The tea tree oil should effectively remove the mold from any area of the house. This oil does have a strong odor to it and this smell may last for a few days, but it will eventually dissipate.
3. Citrus Seed Extract
Another natural remedy that can be used to remove mold from your home is citrus seed extract with water. Unlike tea tree oil and vinegar, this mixture does not have a strong odor. This makes it a good choice for those individuals who may be sensitive to certain smells. The citrus seed extract is typically made with grapefruit, but can also be made with oranges, lemons, limes, and other types of citrus fruits.
To use citrus seed extract you will want to add around 20 drops of the extract into two cups of water and mix it together. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. You will want to spray this mixture directly onto the mold. Make sure that you do not rinse it away. Let it sit for a few hours and then scrub away any mold that remains. This should get rid of any mold issues that you are having quite quickly.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is used to kill bacteria and other germs. It is something that most people keep in their homes in their first aid kit as it can be used on cuts and wounds to clean them out. Another great use for hydrogen peroxide is to help get rid of mold spots that may appear around the house. Make sure to purchase 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to use for mold removal. You will want to spray the hydrogen peroxide directly onto the surfaces that have become infested with mold.
Wait for about ten minutes and then scrub the area clean. After you have scrubbed the area you will then want to take a damp cloth and wipe the area to remove any residual mold spores. Make sure that you store the peroxide in a dark place as the light will break down its potency. Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar can be used together to clean mold spots.
5. Baking Soda
When it comes to cleaning, baking soda is a natural go-to cleaner for just about everything. It is no surprise that it is on the list as a natural way to get rid of mold in your home. Baking soda can be mixed with water to form a paste. This paste can then be either sprayed or spread onto the surfaces where mold is present. Make sure to use gloves or a brush to apply the paste to the moldy area. Another option is to add some vinegar to the baking soda solution.
This solution will fizz, but once the fizz has gone down you can apply it to the moldy area in the same way. After applying, let the mixture sit for an hour or so and then scrub it with a brush. Wipe away the residue using a damp cloth. Baking soda is a disinfectant and is mild, so the solution cleans mold without a scent.
6. Soapy Water
A simple, yet effective way to treat a moldy area is with warm, soapy water. A mild dish detergent mixed into a bucket of warm water can go a long way to cleaning up mold spots. Simply use a scrub brush and spray or sponge the soapy water onto the area where mold is present. Make sure that you scrub hard so that all of the mold spores are removed.
After scrubbing away the mold, wipe the area once again with a wet cloth to make sure that all of the spores are removed. You can then spray the area with some vinegar and let it set. The vinegar works as a preventative measure to reduce the chances of mold reappearing in the same area once again. It is a good idea to watch any area that has had mold in the past for future infestations.
7. Distilled Ethanol
If you have a large mold problem you may want to consider using distilled ethanol to help remove it. While this may be a bit harsher than some of the other natural remedies on this list, it can go a long way in getting rid of mold in your home and keeping it away. You can purchase distilled ethanol from almost any specialty pest control store.
The ethanol will kill all of the mold and the spores and will also help to control any type of regrowth in that area. You will simply spray the area with the distilled ethanol and wait about ten minutes or so. You will then want to wipe the area down with a wet cloth to remove all of the mold. You may then spray more ethanol on the area and simply leave it there. The distilled ethanol will help to keep any new mold from growing.
Bleach is not all that natural, but it is extremely effective at getting rid of mold. If you are struggling with a large mold infestation, using bleach may just be the best option. You can simply add a bleach solution to a spray bottle and then spray the area that has been infested with mold with the bleach solution.
You will want to leave the solution on the area for at least ten minutes or more. Once the bleach has had time to kill the mold spores, you can scrub the mold spots and then wipe the area with a damp cloth to make sure that it is entirely clean. Bleach has a strong odor and some people may not be able to handle the smell. You can wear a mask when applying the solution and use fans to help get rid of the smell more quickly.
When you think about vodka, chances are you start thinking about what types of drinks you could make with it. Perhaps when you are dealing with a mold infestation you are thinking that you need a stiff drink. While you can pour yourself a vodka drink to help you deal with the issue, also consider pouring some of that alcohol into a spray bottle.
Vodka can be added to a spray bottle and sprayed directly onto any area that mold is growing. The mold will start to get fizzy when the vodka is sprayed on it. Once it starts to become fizzy, simply use a wet cloth to wipe it away. You will want to make sure that the entire area is clean. After you are done, you can then go enjoy a great vodka drink in your home that is now free and clear of mold.
10. Preventing Mold
One of the best and most natural things that you can do to remove mold from your home is to keep it from forming in the first place. Make sure that you are wiping down any damp surfaces as frequently as possible. You can also run a dehumidifier in areas that are often damp. Spraying vinegar onto surfaces that are damp such as kitchen sinks and showers when you are done using them can go a long way in preventing mold from forming.
Keep a spray bottle of vinegar in your bathroom and use it after each shower. Most importantly, be vigilant about leaks. Make sure that you fix any leaks as soon as you discover them. While mold may be natural, it is not something that you want in your home as it poses health risks, so make sure that you are doing what you can to prevent it.