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5 Ways To Keep Mold At Bay

Prevent dark spots around the home with these tips

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If you're an experienced homemaker or a newbie homeowner, you're probably familiar with how frustrating it is to deal with molds. The worst part? It is possible for it to grow everywhere and anywhere—leaving no part of your home safe. It also leads to production of allergens and toxins that can be harmful to the family in the long run. No need to worry, there are ways to keep mold from invading your home. Here are a few ideas that might help:

1. Keep everything dry.

Remember, mold needs moisture to grow so it's important to tackle wet areas right away. Fix leaking pipes, air out basement seepage after heavy rains, and immediately wipe kitchen spills to keep your home mold-free. 

2. Prevent excess moisture with proper ventilation. 

If you live in a highly humid environment, natural light is your new best friend in preventing moisture from getting into your home. Allowing sunshine into the different areas of your house stops the growth of mold while killing other infectious bacteria.

3. Treat new mold with tea tree oil.

Believe it or not, one of the most effective ingredients for treating mold is tea tree oil. Since it has antifungal and antispetic properties, you can be assured that it will kill all forms of growing bacteria. Mix two cups of water with two tablespoons of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and use it as often as you like. As an added bonus, it can make the home smell fresher, too!

4. For worse cases, white distilled vinegar can do the trick.

Yes, you read it right—vinegar isn't just a wonder cleaner, it can get rid of tough mildew as well. All you have to do is to spray pure white distilled vinegar in areas where mold has spread. Repeat everyday for two weeks to get the best results. 

RL Tip: Once you've removed all the mold, wash the affected area with a mild mixture of soap and water to avoid funky odors from using concentrated vinegar. 

5. Equip your home with mold-resistant products.

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Whether you are building or renovating, consider using mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant paint instead of having to deal with mold later on. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless with a gypsum core that is covered in fiberglass while mold-resistant paint has inhibitors that prevent moisture from seeping through your walls. 

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