It’s mould season – the damp, stormy weather, combined with closed-up houses makes the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew.
If you’ve noticed your walls have been more wet than usual, and have seen dark stains around the house, it’s likely you have mould. And it’s not just unsightly to look at – mould eats into surfaces, ruins fabric and can affect our health.
An allergy to mould can develop as a result of exposure over an extended period of time and about 50 per cent of people who live in mouldy conditions will develop hay fever-like symptoms. Health conditions are made worse by mould as it can irritate your airways and aggravate asthma.
So if you’ve discovered mould in more than just the bathroom, it’s time to clean up. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals either – it’s been proven that bleach and ammonia are not effective in preventing mould.
Before you start:
Sort mouldy items into non-porous (hard plastics, wood, steel), semi-porous (walls and surfaces) and super-porous (clothes, carpet, paper, furniture).
Throw out anything that is super-porous and covered in mould – it’ll be hard to restore it, unless you have your carpet professionally cleaned.
Here are some DIY mould solutions.
If you don’t like the smell of tea tree oil, grapefruit seed is just as effective.
You can use bi-carb with vinegar too.
You don’t need to use an expensive vodka for this solution.
Of course the best solution is prevention. Here’s some tips:
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