Whether you’re mold-sensitive, allergic, or just want to keep the stuff at bay for other reasons (health or otherwise), preventing mold growth is probably a big part of your life. Here we’ve compiled seven ways on how you can prevent mold growth in your home:
- Keep it Clean – While this seems completely obvious, the act of keeping things clean is often overlooked by many. Ensure your bathroom, especially your shower area (with lots of moisture), remains dry after use.
- Make a Regular Routine – Create a regular cleaning schedule and maintain this in an organized fashion. Try to do things such as dusting or vacuuming every week, and you can use baking soda paste brushed onto surfaces that mold is growing on to remove the spores before you clean it away with soap, water, and a scouring pad. Baking soda will kill the mold but won’t damage woodwork so much either, meaning it’s one of the safest ways to keep your home free from excessive mold growth. Of course, if there are any leaks – deal with them immediately!
- Use Vinegar – For many household situations, vinegar is more effective in preventing mold growth. It is because vinegar kills mold spores and also has a bleaching effect, making it perfect for use on wooden benchtops or other surfaces that might get damp from excess moisture in the air.
- Keep Ventilation Good – Ventilation can prevent excess mold growth by keeping your bathroom or kitchen free of excess water vapor, which encourages the fungi to thrive.
- Be Aware of Surfaces Near Windows – Surfaces such as window sills that get sun exposure are more likely to collect mold spores than other areas because the hotter temperatures and greater humidity encourage fungi growth. To prevent this, try to keep windows closed while air conditioning is on (especially during summer) and, if possible, move items away from these surfaces or make sure there’s no problem with any dampness in the room where this might occur.
- Remove Comfort Blankets – Cuddly toys or comfort blankets should be washed every 1-2 weeks to avoid the buildup of dirt, dust & pet hair which can contribute to mold growth.
- Storing Foods can Cause Growth – Many people overlook those food items themselves can sometimes cause mold spores to sprout – especially if they are kept in unwashed/opened packaging or jars long after they’ve been opened. Food particles encourage fungi to grow, so make sure you eat all your fresh fruits and veggies within a day or two of opening them up to keep them free from mold & remove any problem areas where there might be moisture.
Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive, but it should provide some valuable tips on how you can prevent mold growth in your home!
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