6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Mold

There is mold everywhere. It could even be on things you use every day that you never thought to check. If you keep being exposed, you may start to have breathing problems or allergic reactions.

How do you get rid of mold permanently?

Here are some easy ways to get rid of mold now that we know where it might be hiding.

1. Cleanse

For a quick disinfecting spray, mix 1 gallon of hot water with 1/4 cup of bleach. No matter what you use the bleach solution on, you should rinse the area well with hot water so that you don’t let bleach into your home or onto your family. Bleach should never be mixed with ammonia or vinegar. If you want to clean something like glass or tile, bleach is the best choice.

2. Vinegar

Add 1/4 cup of water to 1 cup of white vinegar. Spray it on the surface of the item, wait for it to dry, then rinse it and wipe it clean.

3. Oil of Tea Tree

In a spray bottle, mix 1 drop of tea tree essential oil with 1 cup of hot water or distilled white vinegar. Spray it on the item, let it sit for a while, and then wipe it off.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Spray it on the surface of the item, wait for it to dry, then rinse it and wipe it clean.

5. Baking Soda

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with water in a spray bottle. Spray moldy areas, scrub them, and then rinse them clean. You can spray the area again and let it dry to stop it from growing again. You can also spray this solution on carpets after you’ve cleaned them.

6. Store Favorites

Buy quick cleaning solutions that can get rid of mold and help stop it from growing back. Things like Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover can get the job done quickly.

Where can hidden mold be found?

Here is a place where mold could be hiding.

Toys

Parents are very worried because mold has been found in children’s sippy cups and teething toys. Most pediatricians agree, though, that a small amount of mold exposure is usually fine for kids unless your child has an allergy to mold or a weak immune system. But your child’s toys should be cleaned often so that they don’t get a lot of mold over time. If you see shadows coming from inside the toy or if it smells bad, you should clean it, so you or your child don’t get sick from being around mold.

Toys for kids, toys for dogs, and bath toys can all get moldy. Mold can also grow inside toys that squeak or have holes. If a toy can go in the tub, it can usually also go on the top shelf of the dishwasher for regular cleaning. If you have fabric toys, you might want to wash and dry them often.

To clean the toys with bleach, put 1 gallon of hot water and 1/4 cup of bleach in a sealed container. Cover the toys and let them soak for an hour. You can also use a mixture of 1 gallon of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar to do the same thing. If you don’t want to use bleach at all, you could try boiling the toys instead.

Make sure that the toys can drain properly in the future so that they don’t get moldy again. You can also put a drop of hot glue in each hole to stop water from getting inside. As a general rule, don’t get something wet if it’s not meant to be. For example, if you throw toys that aren’t meant for the tub into the tub, you might be inviting mold into your life.

Kitchen Tools

Some things are more likely to grow molds, like anything that could be hiding food or water. Reader’s Digest says to dip a brush in a mixture of 1 t bleach and 2 quarts of water and use it to clean butcher block cutting boards and countertops. Scrub the area in small circles and wipe it clean with a damp cloth. You can also use the bleach solution to clean plastic tablecloths and countertops.

Mold and mildew can grow in your trash, so every so often, use a hose to clean out the trash can. Scrub the can clean with the bleach solution.

Bathroom Equipment

Mold can grow on things in the bathroom made of plastic, like shower mats. To clean the items, soak them for about an hour in hot water with bleach. You might have to scrub the items to get rid of any mold that sticks to them.

The solution of hot water and bleach should work well for bathroom tools, caulking in the shower, and bathroom tiles. You can even put the mixture in a spray bottle and use it to clean grout and moldy spots.

Mold can grow quickly on your shower curtain, especially if you don’t stretch it out so it can dry well. You can wash your curtain with a load of towels, or you can use hot water, bleach, and a small amount of laundry detergent to clean it and let it dry on a clothesline.

Make sure to wash your bathroom towels and rugs often so that mold doesn’t grow on them. Mold loves damp places, so make sure to let things dry out completely. You might also want to squeegee the walls and doors of the shower to speed up the drying process and keep mold from growing.

Outdoor Items

If your tablecloths, plastic lawn furniture, and gardening tools get wet, they can grow mold, just like your things inside. Use the bleach and water mixture to clean these things and make them safe to use. Rub a few drops of tea tree oil on the surface of gardening tools or other items that are likely to rust after they have dried. This will stop the rust from happening.

Final Words

Some things aren’t worth the trouble and, for safety’s sake, should be thrown away and replaced. In fact, many experts say that you should throw away a toy that has mold on it. If you see a lot of mold growing inside your child’s toys or you can’t clean them well enough on your own, it’s best to get new ones that won’t hold water.

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About Maki Hojo

Maki Hojo is a student at the University of Michigan. A foodie since birth, she enjoys cooking, eating, photographing, reading about, and playing with any and all types of food. Her idolization of culinary delights is complemented by her active spirit - she enjoys running, swimming, barre classes, and even spontaneous bursts of interpretative dance if the mood strikes her.

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