Mold and mildew are normal byproducts of a humid atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean you want to live with the spores in your home. There are natural ways to eliminate mold at home that won’t harm your family, pets, or the planet, rather than using harsh chemicals like bleach or borax.
Below is a list of natural remedies one can use to get rid of mold in their home:
White vinegar is a gently acidic deodorizing, cleaning, and disinfecting agent. On porous and non-porous surfaces, it can also destroy 82 percent of mold species, including black mold. It’s safe to use on many surfaces, and the disagreeable odor fades quickly.
Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar. Since white vinegar contains just around 20% acetic acid, diluting it with water reduces its efficiency. Spray the moldy area with vinegar and let it sit for an hour. Finally, rinse the area with water and allow it to air dry. Within a few hours, any vinegar odor should be gone.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is more expensive than some other environment-friendly medicines, but two teaspoons of tea tree oil combined with two cups of water can last a long time. Do not rinse the solution after spraying it on the mold spores. Tea tree oil has a strong odor that will fade in a few days.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Spray the moldy surface with three percent hydrogen peroxide from a bottle and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Scrub clean, then wipe away any remaining mold spores with a damp towel. You can also combine hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a bottle and store it in a dark place (as light breaks down the concentration of the hydrogen peroxide).
- Baking Soda
Baking soda, when mixed with vinegar and water or used alone with water, is an efficient natural mold remover. Spray baking soda onto the surface after dissolving it in water or a water-and-vinegar solution.
Allow it to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing and wiping it down with a damp cloth. Baking soda is a gentle natural disinfectant, so this solution will remove mold without leaving a lingering odor.
Lemons are an organic odor remover, bleach, antibacterial, cleaning solution, as well as a black mold remover. Its strong acid content breaks down mold, making it easier to remove and leaving a clean surface behind. Plus, it gets rid of that foul mold scent.
In a cup, squeeze three to five lemons and pour the juice over the moldy region. Allow it to sit for five minutes before wiping it down with a damp cloth. To remove stubborn mold stains, reapply and scour the surface.
Many of these natural remedies are also mildew-resistant, making them excellent non-toxic alternatives to chemical-based black mold removers. They are also less expensive than conventional products and are safe for your family and the ecosystem.