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Mould happens to the best of us, but breathing in those strong chemical cleaning products can't be doing us any good. Here are a few ways to remove mould, naturally.
A lot of peoples' first defense is to reach for a bottle of bleach. Not only is bleach harmful to us, it's harmful for our water systems and there is a lot of excess pollution involved in the creation of both the product and the packaging.
Bleach no more! Here are our 3 top tips (tried and tested) for getting rid of mould naturally...
1. Tea Tree Oil or Clove oil and Water (the most effective method)
I have always found this combination to be the most effective method of naturally removing mold. Add 15 drops of your chosen oil into a spray bottle. Spray onto moldy areas and leave for two hours, spray a bit more, wipe away.
It's that easy!
2. Straight, white vinegar.
This combination is said to kill 82 percent of mold, which my testing can confirm. So, if for some reason you're not into using clove or tea tree oil and want the next best thing, vinegar is for you.
Just pop some straight vinegar into spray bottle, spray, leave for an hour, wipe off with warm water.
And now for something completely different, did you know vodka is great for cleaning? The cheaper the better.Pop some straight vodka into your nifty spray bottle. Spray, leave for an hour, wipe off with warm water.
All of these methods have worked really well for me in the past. Here are a few tips on helping to avoid mold in the first place.
- Fix any leaks and address any plumbing issues. This will also help reduce your water usage and save you money.
- Let the sun shine in.
- Open doors and windows to promote air circulation, especially after showering or while cooking
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What you can do
Wash clothes in cold water & dry on the clothesline
Heating water to wash clothes and using the electric dryer to dry them is a waste of electricity, causing unnecessary CO2 pollution, when cold water washes and drying in the sun or wind works better.