5 Tips for Getting Rid of Bathroom Mold Naturally
If there’s one thing that can definitely do damage to both your home as well as your health, it would be mold. Although it is a fungi that can prove to be helpful outdoors, inside, it causes water leaks and stains, rust, wood warping and oftentimes a slightly nauseating smell. As far as what it can do to your health, while the initial symptoms are things like headaches and sneezing, if left untreated, it can also lead to weight loss, nerve disorders and in extreme cases, even blindness or death.
That’s why if you start to notice signs of mold infestation in places like the alongside the tile or in the grout of your bathroom, it’s important that you get it cleaned up just as soon as possible. If you would prefer not to use any harsh chemicals in order to do it, the good news is that there are effective remedies in your bathroom cabinet or kitchen cupboard. Check these five natural solutions below:
White distilled vinegar. A favorite natural mold remedy for many is white distilled vinegar. All you need to do is pour some in a spray bottle and apply it directly to where you see any signs of mold. Leave it on either for a couple of hours or even overnight and then scrub surface with a brush. There are some studies that show that by using vinegar, you can remove as much as 82 percent of mold spores as well as other forms of bacteria.
Tea tree oil. One of the most potent antiseptics that you can purchase is tea tree oil. While it tends to be a bit more expensive than other natural products, it’s well worth every drop. Tea tree oil treats acne, removes ticks, freshens carpets, disinfects kitchens and yes, even removes mold. Plus, a little bit goes a really long way. Just add two teaspoons to two cups of water to a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the mold spores but don’t rinse it off. The mold will disintegrate in a matter of a few hours.
Hydrogen peroxide. Another wonderful “cure” for a moldy bathroom is hydrogen peroxide. This is something else that you can pour directly into a spray bottle without diluting it. Once you apply the peroxide to the mold, allow it to sit on the surface for about 10-15 minutes. Then scrub the area and wipe away the remaining residue with a damp cloth.
Baking soda. Because mold can come from leaks (air conditioning leaks, plumbing leaks, even a carbon monoxide leak that is the result of a faulty furnace), you have to make sure to check for them in other areas of your home on a regular basis. However, when it comes to the bathroom, being that there is so much water usage in that space, you have to be sure to keep the humidity levels low. You can do this by installing an exhaust fan. However, if you do see a bit of mold, something else that you can use is baking soda. With a paste that consists of 50 percent baking soda mixed with 50 percent water, apply the paste, allow it to sit for 30 minutes, rinse and then repeat.
Citrus seed extract. And finally, another solution that you might want to use consists of 20 drops of citrus seed extract and two cups of water. Apply it to the mold, but be sure not to rinse it off. In a matter of hours, you’ll see far less mold than when you started. Plus, it leaves behind a wonderful scent.