How To Rid Mould From Your Home For Good

Mould can ruin clothes, furniture and be terrible for your health. Here's some effective ways to get rid of mould from your home.

How To Rid Mould From Your Home For Good

If you live in Sydney, you’ll know it’s been a very wet autumn and a cold start to winter. Along with the awful weather, mould and mildew may have also snuck into the home and taken up residence in your bathroom or wardrobe.

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No matter how much house cleaning you do, it can ruin furniture, your clothes and there is a real health risk. Mould can cause issues such as sinus, asthma, yeast infections, headaches, fatigue, depression, skin and respiratory infections and aching joints. It’s toxic and needs to be taken care of immediately.

Your first instinct will be to go to your local supermarket and stock up on mould killing products, but I hate to be the bearer of bad news – they won’t work. And I’m going to tell you why.

Mould vs. Mildew – what is it?

Mould is a type of fungi (yep, gross) and mildew is a type of mould. Mildew is what can show on surfaces like wood, wool, leather, silk, cotton and linen) and it’s pretty much everywhere and only needs water to get a colony started.

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Mould and mildew love warm, moist, sometimes dark spaces – that’s why it’s important to air areas like garages and cellars regularly (especially after rain).

How to get rid of mould

Feel like throwing everything out?  Unfortunately, it’s the mildews food source, which means you’ll have to get rid of the water source. To do this requires you to dry out your home and eliminate any moisture and dampness.

Are you renting?

You should tell your landlord (in writing) as they have a duty to maintain the rental in reasonable repair, which includes mould. For more information head to tenants.org to find out what your rights and responsibilities are.

Here’s a quick list of things you can do:

  • Make sure you have ventilation leaving doors and windows open on dry days.
  • Insulate your ceilings to keep them warmer so it’s less prone to condensation – moulds water source.
  • Open up the curtains and windows to let the sun in (remember it likes dark spaces).
  • After a rainstorm check for leaks and water pooling on the roof.
  • Dry all wet areas.
  • Clean indoor plants of dust and extra water.
  • Wipe away condensation.
  • Use a dehumidifier – set it to less than 55% humidity.

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What about bleach?

Bleach will only mask it and not get rid of the mould at all and if you are suffering any allergies from the mould, those symptoms will stick around too.

To clean mould, you’ll need…

  • Face mask
  • Goggles (especially for ceiling and walls)
  • Gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Micro-fibre cloth
  • Bucket
  • Broom
  • Toothbrush
  • Old stockings
  • Oil of Cloves
  • Vinegar

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Fixing Mouldy Things

Washable fabrics (curtains, cushions, bedding, towels, clothing)

  1.  Soak in 1 cup salt and vinegar in 10L of water with 3 drops Oil of Cloves – Leave overnight.
  2. Next morning, squeeze out as much as possible and hang in the sun until dry and leave out for an additional hour as a salt crust forms.
  3. Use a soft brush to remove salt crust over the newspaper and dispose of it after.
  4. Machine wash with warm water and hang to dry as normal.
  5. Spray with 3 drops Oil of Cloves and 1L of water and leave to dry.

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Non-washable fabrics (suede, leather, silk)

  1. Lay down sheets of newspaper and put the items on top.
  2. Mix some coarse salt with a little vinegar and a drop of Oil of Cloves.
  3. Leave to sit for a day in the sunshine.
  4. Brush off mould as mentioned in washable fabrics and spray again with Oil of Cloves water mixture.

Leather goods

  1. Put 3 drops of Oil of Cloves with 1/2 cup baby or coconut oil.
  2. Wipe mouldy area in a circular motion.
  3. Leave to soak and store in a light airy location.

Non-portable/washable fabrics (carpets)

  1. Spray with a mixture of Oil of Cloves (3 drops), 1/2 cup vinegar, 5 cups of water and then sprinkle salt over the top in a thick layer.
  2. Leave overnight to dry and then vacuum.
  3. Repeat if necessary.

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Mouldy grout

  1. Use a toothbrush or grout brush and dip into vinegar and then in a mixture of 3 drops Oil of Cloves and 1/2 cup bicarb soda.
  2. Brush while fizzing on grout.
  3. Repeat and afterwards spray with clove oil and water mixture and leave to dry out.

Cupboards

  1. Hang a stick of chalk tied together with ribbon to absorb moisture.
  2. When chalk become damp, hang outside to dry.
  3. Reuse chalk bundle.

Walls and ceilings

  1. Mix 3 drops Oil of Cloves, 1/2 vinegar and 5 cups water.
  2. Use a clean broom, and the leg portion of stocking over the head and dip into solution.
  3. Sweep over the mouldy area.
  4. Allow it to dry and repeat.
  5. Every month spray walls/ceiling with a solution of 3 drops Oil of Cloves to 1L of water and leave to dry completely.

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All of this cleaning can take a lot of energy and time, so if you need a helping hand there are plenty of Airtaskers in your local neighbourhood who can help.

Do you have any more mould killing tips? Share with us in the comments below.

Top 5 Cleaning Blogs

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There are a plethora of blogs on the Internet that are filled with house cleaning tips, stain removal tricks and even how to clean organically. So I thought I’d share some of the ones I love to read and get inspiration from to try at home and also share with Airtaskers. Here are our top 5 cleaning blogs.

The Organised Housewife

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Mother of three, Katrina is the mastermind behind this lovely blog which features all kinds of articles from how to clean the oven to creative ways to flavour popcorn. The Organised Housewife inspires other mums to keep up with the family in some really interesting and fun ways.

Declutter home

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Professional organiser Tanya Lea can help anyone get their life back in order by decluttering and sorting their home or office. With a wealth of experience, she shares many of her tips and tricks on her blog Declutter Home. What I especially love about her blog are the endless spring cleaning tips for organisation and Tanya covers everything from the bedroom to your passwords, things you just wouldn’t think about.

Homelife

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I think you could find out almost anything you need to know about your home and garden on Homelife. It has some great focused articles such as top calorie busting cleaning jobs, How to clean and maintain your mattress and seven home eco sins. It’s not all about house cleaning either, but also decorating, recipes and shopping.

I Hate Cleaning

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Yes, you read correctly the title of this blog is I Hate Cleaning and it makes it up there not only for it’s great funky website. Lana Jane allows us a look into her world where she battles with her hate for cleaning but also loves the feeling of a clean home. Lana has investigated the ultimate carpet cleaning solution and the natural ways to deodorize a fridge.

Stay At Home Mum

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With a young family, Jody found that she needed to be more frugal with her household budgeting and by sheer surprise they had a happier family life. On the Stay At Home Mum blog, Jody shares all her tips she learnt on living simply. One of my favourite articles is how to clean walls as she goes through all the possible scenarios such as crayon and grease marks and how to remove them.

There you have it, my top cleaning blogs that are awesome sources of inspiration for me. If you have any others please let us know in the comments below, we’re always looking for cool new cleaning websites.

Don’t forget, you won’t have to lift a finger if you hire an Airtasker to take care of the cleaning.

House Cleaning With A Toothbrush: How To

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House Cleaning With A Toothbrush: How To

What’s the one item we all use daily that will clean even the trickiest of hard to reach spots? Believe it or not, it’s your toothbrush. Drains, tap fixtures, lampshades and cheese graters… the list is endless. But this handy inexpensive tool will make your house cleaning much simpler.

So that you can introduce it to your usual cleaning routine, here’s how a toothbrush can clean your home room by room.

Kitchen

Stove knobs
Using a sponge to clean the oil and food splattered on kitchen knobs is a slippery task. However using a toothbrush you won’t miss a speck of grease or dirt as you can reach all the tight spots.

Microwave vents
To clean, use a cloth that you’ve sprayed with house cleaner and place it over a toothbrush. That way you can get into each vent opening and won’t risk getting any cleaning spray in the fan.

You can also use the toothbrush on cooking equipment that are difficult to clean e.g. juices, cheese graters, small jars and unusually shaped vases/bottles.

Bathroom

Taps
Mold and mildew build up around the bases of taps can be removed by using a wet toothbrush in a matter of seconds.

Toilet seat hinges
It’s another awkward spot that can gather plenty of dust, but by using a toothbrush you can get in around the hinges and clean, no problem.

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Grout
When combined with a bit of baking soda paste and scrubbing with a toothbrush vigorously will loosen the mold. After, just wipe off the paste and wash down with the showerhead or wet cloth.

Around the home

Lampshades/ lights
Sometimes dusting with a cloth is not enough to get it looking sparkling clean. Using a soft toothbrush you can gently remove all the dirt; it’s especially helpful for any pleats.

Wall sockets and light switches
Cleaning around light switches and the on/off button isn’t always easy but a brush will let you remove all the dirt.

Extra tip: Use multiple coloured brushes of use permanent marker to note which ones are for different areas of the house.

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