by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated April 23, 2018)
Mold can grow on practically any surface, as long as it is in a moist and warm environment. It can grow in toilets, crawlspaces, inside walls, in humidifiers and dehumidifiers, in your kitchen, and in your bathroom.
Especially dangerous is the Stachybotrys Chartarum variety, which is known as black mold. This kind of mold can not only cause respiratory disease and heart problems, but also kill a healthy person. Choose a good dehumidifier to remove the moisture this and other molds require for growth. Just be sure to keep the unit clean and as dry as possible so that you do not end up compounding the problem with more widespread issues (such as breeding mold and causing it to become airborne).
There are several ways to remove mold without going to the store. One recipe is to combine one half cup of borax, one half cup of vinegar, and one cup of water and place in a spray bottle. All you have to do is shake the bottle well and spray on the mold. Allow it to stand for a few minutes, and then you can wipe off the mold. Just plain borax paste works as well. Just mix borax with water and it will go after mold with a vengeance. Another remedy is simply fresh air and sunlight. This is by far the most cost-effective method around. You can also use a sprayed solution of one part hydrogen peroxide to three parts water if you prefer.
I have also heard of using tea tree oil mixed with water on areas within the home. Although this is a more expensive route, this method has the added advantage of being safe to put in your hair or on another external place on your body, and it will clear up any fungal problems you may have.
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