With all of the rain that we saw in the first few months of this year and the devastating floods, it’s easy to see why so many households in Australia are now battling mould problems. It’s to a point that it doesn’t matter how clean you keep your home, mould is creeping into most households. So with something so serious and hard to get rid of, it can be a pretty easy decision to choose chemicals to tackle the problem fast and easily. However, some of these chemicals just hide the mould spurs or can be just as harmful to your health. Below we’ll dive a little further into what mould can do to your health, and how some chemicals will not help and we’ll give you a nice and easy DIY mould cleaner recipe that will be effective and won’t have you paying an arm and a leg (or a lung while using it!).
What is mould and how does it affect our health?
“Moulds are a type of fungi that grows best in damp and poorly ventilated areas. Mould can
be found in all environments including outside. Mould may look like fuzz, discolouration or
a stain on material like wood.
Spores are the microscopic ‘seeds’ that fungi, including moulds, release into the
environment. They are sufficiently small that they can be suspended in air and be widely
distributed. Spores are present in all environments, including outdoors.” [health.act.gov.au]
There are many, in fact, thousands of species of mould and most of them are not hazardous to people. However, some moulds; especially those that grow in damp places such as on or inside walls of houses etc can cause many health issues. Some of those include:
- Nasal congestion
- Eye and skin irritation
- Can cause those with asthma to have an asthma attack
- And more
Some chemical-based cleaners can make things worse
A normal response to finding mould in your home would be to want to tackle it as soon as possible with the strongest thing you can find. However, sometimes the strongest chemical-based product might just make everything worse.
Some chemical-based products such as those with a bleach (Sodium hypochlorite) base may only colour the mould spores. This means that the mould will still be present in your home and will continue to make you and your family ill, you just won’t be able to see it. This can become really detrimental to everyone in the family’s health because symptoms will still continue and you won’t know why.
On the other hand, some other chemical-based cleaners can and will effectively tackle your mould problem. However, your family are then left breathing in harsh chemicals and that in itself can cause adverse health issues.
What store-bought products would we recommend?
DIY Natural Mould Cleaner Recipe
You Will Need:
- 2 Cups Vinegar
- 2 Cups warm water
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- Spray bottle
- Tea Tree essential oil (optional)
- Spray the area with vinegar and leave for 1 hour
- Mix the water and baking soda into a separate spray bottle
- Spray over the same area that you previously sprayed with the vinegar
- Wipe over the surface with a clean cloth
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 if needed
- Always use protective gear when dealing with mould
- Add a few drops of essential oil to your vinegar spray to help with the strong vinegar scent
- After the initial clean, you can combine your vinegar and water mixed with baking soda and use it regularly as a prevention
Whatever method you decide to go with, act quickly because it doesn’t take very long at all for your health to be affected by mould.
Finally, this is just treating the symptoms. If the mould keeps returning you’ll likely need to identify the root cause, for example, a room ventilation issue and deal with that to achieve more permanent results.
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