No one wants their home infested with mould and mildew, so check out how you can prevent or get rid of them!
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How to prevent it:
Wipe water up
Mould and mildew thrive in moisture-rich environments, so safeguard potential danger spots by wiping the shower walls and kitchen sinks dry after use.
Let air in
On a hot day, open the windows wide to let in as much air into your home as possible, to get rid of the moisture.
Dry the air
Place dehumidifiers in dark, difficult-to-air places.
Keep fabrics dry
Air your mattresses at least once a month and make sure your clothes are completely dry before you hang them in your closet.
You usually don’t need expert help to get rid of a mould problem – there are plenty of trusted remedies right there in your kitchen.
Tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract
Make a spray with either of these ingredients by adding one tablespoon of oil or extract to a cup of water. Mix well and spray directly onto the mouldy areas. Do not rinse, but allow them to dry naturally.
Baking soda and vinegar
Prepare a mixture of two tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle. In another spray bottle, prepare a solution of vinegar. Spray the baking soda mixture liberally onto the affected area, followed by vinegar solution. Leave for a few minutes, then wipe and leave to dry.
Lemon juice and salt
Wipe off the loose mould and mildew. Dampen the affected object with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, and leave it to dry in the sun. Give it a final rinse, and let it dry naturally.