Mold can grow quickly in dark, damp areas of your home. It’s an unpleasant invader that can take hold in damp areas like the dishwasher, shower, or washing machine. It is unhealthy and often causes asthma and allergy problems. It’s best to keep them at bay to keep your home happier and healthier. You might think you need expensive remedies to fight mold, but you can get dramatic results with a simple cup of white vinegar.
If you are facing a massive mold infestation in your home, you should contact a professional mold remediation company. However, for minor mold infestations, you can do the removal yourself. Vinegar is an inexpensive, readily available, and useful surface remediation agent. Although vinegar is often used for cooking, it is also an effective cleaner and disinfectant because it is made from acetic acid. Read on to find out what it’s used for and how to use it to eliminate mold.
Safe for children and pets
When you buy a cleaning product, it’s a good idea to keep it out of reach of children and pets. They can be dangerous to your little family members if consumed or inhaled in any quantity. You can take precautions to keep the product out of their reach, but an accident can happen and they can get access to it. Instead of taking the risk, you can use safer home remedies from your pantry. Common solutions, such as vinegar, are effective for cleaning and disinfecting.
Even if you choose store brands, cleaning products are quite expensive. In addition to the high price, you’ll have additional costs if you buy multiple products for different specific rooms and surfaces in your home. The busier your household is, the more cleaning products you buy. However, cleaning with a basic product like vinegar will save a lot of money.
Fighting Mold and Mildew in the Home with Distilled White Vinegar
Before you begin, you need to gather the necessary materials. These include white vinegar, an empty spray bottle, a cleaning brush or pad, a mask, gloves, and safety glasses. Depending on the room being cleaned, clear away dishes or bathroom fixtures. If possible, open windows to ventilate the room to be cleaned.
Then wear a mask, gloves, and goggles to protect your eyes, mouth, nose, and hands. Direct contact with mold can be hazardous to your health and is even more so if the spores are airborne.
Vinegar does not need to be diluted before use, it can be poured directly into an empty spray bottle. Make sure the cap is screwed on tightly and spray the acidic liquid directly onto the mold. Soak the stain completely and let the vinegar soak in for an hour or more. The unsightly sight may tempt you to start scrubbing immediately but wait for the appointed time. This pause will increase the amount of vinegar the mold can absorb.
Clean the room
After an hour, you can wash off the mold with a brush or detergent. Keep going back and forth until you see that you have removed all the rot and have a cleaner look. You can then wipe the area with a cloth or rag. Discard the cleaning tool and the cloth or rag. The dirt or grease should come off easily.
Reapplying the vinegar
Removing mold from your home can be a little unpleasant, but it’s satisfying to have a clean room again. To reduce the likelihood of mold reappearing in the future, spray the area with more vinegar. Instead of wiping the mold away, leave it. The smell may be unpleasant at first, but it will disappear over time.
If necessary, try harder
If this doesn’t get the mold out of the area, you may need to do a baking soda scrub. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with two cups of water in a spray bottle or disposable cup. Stir it until it’s smooth.
Wear safety glasses, a mask, and a new pair of gloves to avoid accidental contact. Use a different cleaning brush or disc to apply this paste. Because baking soda is an abrasive, it can effectively remove stains or mold that cannot be removed with vinegar.
Controlling Mold Growth with Vinegar
It can be nice to know that you have an easy answer to future mold problems. But you can use vinegar to stop the growth of bacteria and mold in your home. You can add vinegar to your cleaning routine to prevent mold. You can also get into the habit of spraying damp areas like the bathroom and laundry room.
Leave the cleaning to our experts
There are several steps to properly sanitize your home. Often, you have to choose between housework and other commitments. But life doesn’t have to be like that. You should be free to take advantage of the opportunities in your community and pursue the goals that are important to you. And you can do that by entrusting us with the responsibility of cleaning your home including the lounge.
At Clean Couches Sydney, we love having the opportunity to take care of your home while you do what you love. Time flies, so make the most of it. We offer weekly, bi-weekly and monthly cleanings to ensure you get the spotless home you deserve.