How to Reduce Mold in Your Home

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If you detect a musty, sour smell in your basement, you might have a tiny water leak. Together with poor ventilation, the soggy water can easily result in mold build-up. And that build-up can cause nausea, asthma attacks, skin reactions, allergies, and other severe health problems.

How to Reduce Mold in Your Home

If you detect a musty, sour smell in your basement, you might have a tiny water leak. Together with poor ventilation, the soggy water can easily result in mold build-up. And that build-up can cause nausea, asthma attacks, skin reactions, allergies, and other severe health problems.


Mold is very easy to eliminate on smooth surfaces such as tiles, but it can be harder when it grows within the porous surfaces or edges of drywall, carpet, and wood.

Which brings us to a critical question, which is the best method to reduce mold in a home?

1. Using Air Purifier to Reduce mold

This product can be an excellent aid if you have mold in your house. It filters mold spores as well as others allergens from the atmosphere to help stop allergies. It also contributes to deterring mold from developing in the future.

The ideal kind of an air purifier for mold reduction is usually the one with an active carbon filter and a HEPA filter. HEPA technology is proven to capture 99.97 percent of 0.3-micron spores and an even greater percentage of larger elements. Mold spores are often about 1 to 20 micron, so this technology is effective for filtering these items from the atmosphere. The active carbon filter removes mold smell and can absorb the MVOCs and VOCs mold produce.

To effectively trap mold spores, place your air purifier in a place where mold is regularly found: kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and rooms with furniture. Additionally, replace your filter regularly, as directed in the user manual, to ensure that your purifier will continue to offer clean air free of mold spores.

2. Using Bleach to Remove Mold

Bleach can kill almost every type of mold that it touches, together with its spores, leaving an area sanitized and resistant to later or future mold growth.

Sadly, using bleach is ineffective if the mold is growing on a porous surface. This is because it can’t penetrate into porous surfaces and so it doesn’t come into contact with spores growing below the surface of elements such as drywall and wood. Using this product in these areas will only remove the mold above the area but the roots will remain, and the mold will return.

Bleach is only effective on non-porous surfaces such as countertops, glass, bathtubs, and tiles. But before you apply this product, you need to know that it produces harmful fumes so ensure that the surface is well ventilated before you implement. Moreover, you should always wear protective gloves to protect your hands.

For removing mold with bleach, mix one gallon of water with one cup of bleach. Apply the mixture to non-porous areas by either using a sponge or cloth or a spray bottle. Leave it to dry.

Finally, you need to know that there are two types of bleach:

· Chlorine Bleach – This is the most commonly used mold killer. It contains sodium hypochlorite.

· Oxygen Bleach – It is ideal for cleaning clothes and surfaces. It cleans stains and removes bacterial too.

3. Using Baking Soda to Remove Mold

Baking soda is a friendly, white mineral element that you can use to remove mold in your house, plus it is safe for your pets and family. In addition to removing mold, it also absorbs moisture to help keep the mold away.

To kill mold using baking soda, fill a spray bottle with water and then add a half of a tablespoon of baking soda. Shake well until the powder is completely dissolved. Spray the moldy surface with the solution, and then use a scrub or sponge to remove the mold from the area. Next, rinse the area with water to clean any residual mold. Finally, spray the surface again and let it dry.

4. Using Vinegar to Remove Mold

The majority of mold killing elements contain chemicals. These products can be dangerous for your pets and family, bad for the environment, and be allergenic. However, vinegar is a natural acid. It is 100 percent non-toxic and safe for use.

Vinegar is often mixed with other mold killing solution to make it even more efficient at removing these spores. However, you should never mix bleach and vinegar because they form a toxic solution. Some mold killing elements which are safe to mix with this product are salt, baking soda, borax, and hydrogen peroxide.

For example, you can quickly form a spray by mixing vinegar and borax. Just add borax to a cup of vinegar and water solution. This solution works efficiently in warm water because it helps to loosen the mold.

5. Using Hydrogen Peroxide to Remove Mold


The fizzy nature of this product makes it a more practical choice than bleach at reaching and removing mold from porous areas. It is also very cheap and readily available in most stores.

Hydrogen peroxide boasts of a disinfecting nature that comes from its reactivity. The precise formula of this element is H2O2. The two oxygen atoms bond with and break other molecules. Therefore, for biological species such as mold, their surfaces are attacked, which results in more oxygen attacking the inner part of the mold and thus death.

In spite of the method you use, once you have killed the mold, you can absorb any present smell naturally with lemon slices, vinegar, or salt water. And to prevent any future occurrence of mold, ensure that you fix all the leaks and invest in a dehumidifier to keep your home dry.

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Home Improvement, Mold, Mold In The Home, Mold Removal

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