How to Clean and Treat Mildew and Mold

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Clean and Treat Mildew and Mold
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Mold and mildew can spread rapidly in your home and can be difficult to eliminate. You can’t just wipe it away with disinfectant. Because mildew and mold are fungi, essentially plants, the only way to get rid of mildew and mold is to kill it, just as you would weeds growing in your yard.

Mold and mildew love damp, dark, poorly ventilated places, like basements, crawl spaces, closets and showers. If not cleaned and treated, these fungi can cause damage to your home, including lingering musty odors and structural problems and can adversely affect the health of your family.

The best way to deal with mildew and mold is to prevent it by keeping areas dry and well-ventilated. But if it has already appeared in places, then the following steps will help you to eliminate it properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • A clean, empty spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Cleaning gloves
  • Scouring sponge

Remove all dampness and moisture inside the house.

Dry the air in the home by using your air-conditioning system, opening all doors and windows, and/or hanging moisture-absorbing satchels filled with silica, such as DampRid disposable satchels.

Pour distilled white vinegar into an empty, clean spray bottle (do not dilute with water).

Spray the vinegar liberally over all areas affected with mold and/or mildew.

Allow the vinegar to stand for one to two hours.

Dampen the scouring sponge with warm water.

Shake baking soda onto the sponge and scrub away mildew and mold.

Rinse the area well with clear, clean water and allow it to dry thoroughly.

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