Mould is a common sight in areas with high humidity and moisture and limited flow of air. Therefore, while attempting to remediate mould, it’s advised to avoid using cleaning solutions containing toxic chemicals and shift to more natural remedies to kill mould.
Here are some of the natural cleaning tips for house mould.
Vinegar is the best natural mould-killer available readily in everyone’s kitchen, with distilled white vinegar known to kill 82 per cent of mould spores, as well as other viruses and bacteria.
To use it effectively for mould removal Sydney, spray vinegar straight up from a bottle onto the affected area and leave it on for a few hours before scrubbing off the mould with a brush. Clean with hot water and wipe dry. It can prevent further mould growth if you spray vinegar on potential mould hotspots and leave it to dry.
You can also use vinegar to remove mould from clothes and leather items effectively.
Lemon juice and salt
Lemon juice containing 5% acid and other citrus juices make an effective mild natural bleaching agent and mould repellent for various types of surfaces—from clothes to bathroom tiles to walls.
To eliminate mould:
- Moisten the mould stains with a mixture of lemon juice and salt.
- Leave it to bleach and then rinse thoroughly.
- For mould-ridden clothes, soak them in warm water with half a cup of lemon juice before washing.
- For best results, add half a cup of lemon juice to a load of mould- affected laundry along with your regular detergent.
Baking soda, a common ingredient in kitchens, is a common natural non-toxic remedy solution to get rid of mould. To improve its effectiveness, you can also use it in combination with vinegar.
Sprinkle baking soda onto the mouldy area or spray a baking soda solution in double the quantity of hot water directly on the mould. Leave it untouched for around an hour before scrubbing the mould off with a brush and rinsing off the remains. To disinfect the area and prevent mould re-growth, you can spray the cleaned area with vinegar and wipe dry.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a natural essential oil loaded with antimicrobial properties, making it quite effective in eradicating mould and various fungi and mildew types. To make a natural mould cleaning solution:
- Mix little tea tree oil with equal amounts of water or equal amounts of distilled white vinegar.
- Pour it in a bottle and spray directly on the area affected until the area becomes wet.
- Allow the mixture to sit at least an hour on the porous material to effectively clean the mould.
- Wipe or scrub the area as required.
Camphor is commonly used as a natural pest repellent and a non-toxic alternative to naphthalene balls, given its strong odour. To use it for mould removal, you can make pouches containing some camphor tablets and some cloves and place the pouches in moist or dark areas to provide them a pleasant odour and prevent mould growth.
Therefore, a natural, non-toxic solution is preferable and better than a toxic, chemical solution that is harmful to you, your family, as well as for the environment.