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Shower curtains, walls, drains, floors — everything in your house is at risk of forming mold. It’s not just unsightly, it can actually make you sick! You need to eliminate mold in your home.

Whether you have a mold allergy or not is beside the point. It can upset your eyes, skin, throat, nose and lungs. Don’t worry though, there are ways to remove and prevent it from growing in your house.

But before we get into that, let’s take a look at what it is.

What Is Mold?

In short: it’s a fungus which is made up of tiny organisms. The real issue is that these organisms are everywhere (with a few exceptions).

However, outside, mold is super important. It’s what helps dead leaves and plants to break down and nurture the soil. Without it, we’d be nothing.

The problem occurs when mold spores land on damp areas in your home, allowing them to grow. As they take over the area, spores are emitted into the air, causing humans and animals to inhale them.

You might be thinking, “how does it grow?”. The answer: moisture. Mold needs a damp surface or humidity to live its best life.

Can Mold Move With You?

If you’re experiencing extensive mold in your home, you’re probably wondering, “should I move?”. While you definitely could, this won’t solve all your problems.

Unfortunately, mold can move into your new (currently mold-free) abode. So, before you even think about relocating, you must get rid of it; otherwise, you’re asking for trouble.

Who’s Most At Risk?

We mentioned earlier that mold can make you sick. But, what we didn’t tell you was that the severity of the sickness can be predicted through multiple factors.

Typically, people who are most at risk of serious mold sickness are:

  • over 60
  • infants or children
  • living with a low-functioning immune system because of an illness like HIV, cancer or liver disease
  • going through chemotherapy
  • battling a chronic lung disease

What Are the Symptoms of Mold Allergies?

Even though you might feel like you’re just coming down with a cold, if you have mold in your home, you should consider whether or not it’s an allergy. Don’t stress, there are simple solutions to all of this which we’ll discuss after we’ve shown you the symptoms. Take a look:

Symptoms of mold allergies or irritation include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes or skin
  • Runny nose
  • Congested sinuses
  • Dry, peeling skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight chest
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Watery eyes

Mold Removal Solutions

That’s all pretty scary, isn’t it? Thankfully, there are 3 easy methods to get rid of mold in your house so you can stay healthy and make sure it doesn’t move with you.

Let’s get into the details.

The Vinegar Method

You Will Need:

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Rubber gloves (hand protection is key)
  • Spray bottle (empty)
  • Water
  • Scrubbing brush

How to Do It:

  1. Pour the vinegar into the spray bottle. Don’t dilute it with anything.
  2. Spray it onto the mold.
  3. Leave for an hour.
  4. Using the scrubbing brush, wipe it down with water.
  5. Let it dry.

Your house might smell a tiny bit like vinegar for a few hours but it’ll clear!

The Baking Soda Method

You Will Need:

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

How to Do It:

  1. Put the baking soda into a spray bottle.
  2. Fill up with water.
  3. Shake until dissolved.
  4. Spray the mold.
  5. Using the scrubbing brush, remove the mold.
  6. Rinse the area with water.
  7. Spray again with the baking soda solution.
  8. Leave to dry.

The Hydrogen Peroxide Method

You Will Need:

  • 3% concentration hydrogen peroxide
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Cloth

How to Do it:

  1. Put the hydrogen peroxide into the spray bottle.
  2. Spray the mold until it’s soaked.
  3. Leave for 10 minutes.
  4. Using the scrubbing brush, remove the mold.
  5. Wipe the area with the cloth.

Aside from killing mold, these 3 methods have a common advantage — they’re completely non-toxic. Why go down the chemical route when you can be fully toxin-free?

Mold Control Tips

Unfortunately, you’re not quite ready to call yourselves a long-term, mold-free household quite yet! You’ve now got to make sure it doesn’t come back. Luckily, we’re going to tell you all the secrets to effective mold prevention.

Try These Tricks(they work, we promise):

  • Use dehumidifiers
  • Try to maintain a humidity level that’s under 60%
  • Dry wet areas quickly (within 24 hours at least)
  • Keep rooms warm when it’s cold outside
  • Fix any leaks or drainage issues
  • Use fans and open internal doors for increased air circulation
  • Insulate cold surfaces (floors, windows, etc — mold loves condensation)

The Bottom Line

Is mold unsightly? Yes. Does it seem scary? Yes. But are there things you can do to remove and prevent it? Absolutely!

Don’t let mold stop you from experiencing all the joy your home can give you. And definitely, don’t stop it inhibiting your moving plans. You can conquer it!

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