Author Jean Morrison
Make your own spray to kill moulds
Is your home suffering from damp? Damp can cause mould on ceilings, walls and furniture and sufficient dampness can cause window frames to rot. Sometimes you can't see the mould but you can smell a musty or earthy odour. If that is the case then start looking behind furniture to locate the problem area.
Mould is a fungal growth - a microscopic organism. Mites feed on that very same mould and they can increase the chances of allergic reactions such as asthma and other respiratory conditions.
There is always moisture in the air. As the air becomes cold it can no longer hold onto the moisture and droplets of water form. This is the same as seeing your breath on a very cold day.
In cold areas condensation can be the greatest cause of mould. If you have windows that are wet on the inside every morning in winter then you need to wipe them down and dry them daily. Air those rooms as much as possible and let the sunlight in, if you can. When cooking you need to keep lids on pans and don't leave the kettle boiling for too long. Keep the kitchen window open as much as is practicable so the steam can escape and keep the door to the kitchen closed so moist air doesn't escape into other parts of your home. Similarly with bathrooms, keep a window open as well as using the extractor fan. Whereever possible dry your washing outdoors. If you have to use a tumble drier make sure it is vented to the outdoors. Houseplants can create quite a large amount of humidity too.
Damp can also come from leaking pipes, leaks in the roof and rising damp where water is permeating up from the ground. These problems need to be ruled out before you start cleaning up the mould.
Please note you should never dry-brush mould. This can release spores into the air.
Spray to kill moulds & mildew:
Instructions & Method
Method 1: Place 2 teaspoons tea tree oil into a 500 ml spray bottle and fill with water. Shake well. Spray on surfaces such as ceilings, shower curtains etc. This spray works well on mildew and gets rid of mustiness. The tea tree oil smell dissipates in a few days.
Method 2: Another good mould killer is plain white vinegar sprayed on. Vinegar reputedly kills 82% of moulds.
Did you know:
Products containing asbestos can release invisible mineral fibres into the air when the product is interfered with in ways such as sanding, drilling or simply being broken up. These invisible fibres can be inhaled and can cause asbestos related diseases such as lung cancer. The time lapse between inhaling the fibres and the disease being found can be several decades. When smokers are exposed to the fibres they have between 50 and 100 times greater risk of an asbestos disease than a non smoker.
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