The growth of mold is the most common problem of bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Any place in the house that has a high concentration of humidity has a chance of growing mold. A common way to kill the spores is to use a bleach and water solution, but this is not a practical solution. It isn’t because bleach gives off strong-smelling or toxic fumes. Bleach is ineffective because it cannot penetrate porous surfaces and removes the fuzzy, outer membrane of the mold but not its roots. The mold can even turn residual bleach into its feed, strengthening its presence more than ever. There are better solutions for killing mold for good: here are three main ones, plus a fourth.
1. White Vinegar
White vinegar is a powerful tool in cleaning. Spray undiluted vinegar on mold and let it sit for a few hours. Living conditions for the mold with shortly become inhospitable. Then, scrub the mold away with a stiff brush, rinse in warm water, and spray with vinegar again. The vinegar will not only remove the mold but also kill bacteria and viruses.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can also be a powerful tool for killing mold. Spray the 3% hydrogen peroxide onto the surface, scrub into the rough surfaces, and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Hydrogen peroxide will foam, which is normal as it reacts to the mold. Then, wipe it off and repeat as necessary.
3. Baking Soda
Like vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, baking soda is a mild disinfectant that does a forceful job. Create a baking soda and water solution, spray it onto the mold, and let it do its work. Baking soda will be able to get into the pores better than bleach.
4. A Mixture
For a potentially more potent formula, you can create a mixture of various disinfectants. Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda with vinegar and water are three combinations. You could also create a borax and vinegar solution. Half a cup of borax, a quarter cup of vinegar, and a quart of water can also make a decent mix for killing mold.
While these are the best alternatives to using bleach and water, a professional mold remediation and removal company should do the job depending on how severe the case is. Keeping the mold-prone area ventilated and clean will also greatly help in preventing mold growth in the first place.
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