How to Get Rid of Mold: 15 Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

A few days ago, I wrote an article about the Dangers of Mold, and the response I received was overwhelming. Everybody wanted to know more about mold. In fact, within a few days of publishing the post, I got a couple dozen emails asking how to get rid of mold.

So, I wanted to share my personal tips that I use at my home, as well as here in the office. Please feel free to drop your tips in the comment section below.

How to Get Rid of Mold:

1. Investigate your home or office for moisture leakage. If you find any moisture leaks, clean them up with a dry towel immediately and find the source of the leak. Consider hiring a professional if the leak does not stop or if you are dealing with a plumbing issue. Controlling moisture leaks in your home or place of work will reduce the mold’s ability to thrive.

2. Mold loves warm and wet places. If you live in a place with humidity levels of 70% or more, you must particularly take heed to prevent toxic moldy air. Invest in a high-quality dehumidifier and test your home for mold over-growth.

3. Temperatures above 75° F, as well as poorly lit rooms and unmoving air, can actually create more mold. Keep fresh air moving in your home, as well as bright sunlight coming in through your windows. This will help reduce toxic mold.

4. Open a window while you take a shower, if possible.

5. Change air filters regularly in heating and air-conditioning vents.

6. Invest in a good quality air purification system that employs both a HEPA filter and UV & negative ion technologies. In my opinion, this will give you the best results when cleaning your air.

7. Keep your home at a moderate temperature, at around 69-73° F and keep the humidity level at 54% and below.

8. Make sure your clothes dryer has an anti-humidity vent.

9. Check closets for mold growth. This is especially important if you have ever placed wet or damp clothing in your closets. If you find mold in your closet, wash your clothes immediately to help clean any possible mold spores. I would recommend using Soap Nuts.

10. Protect your breathing passages when removing active or dead mold. Wear a mask, eye protection and protective gloves that filter mold.

11. When cleaning, slightly wet the mold to lessen the amount of airborne spores in the breathing atmosphere while you are cleaning. This can be done with a wet cloth.

12. Scrub hard surfaces infested in mold with a non-ammonia soap. Non-toxic, organic soap is best for the environment.

13. Porous surface cannot be cleaned of mold. Things like moldy carpeting, drywall, wall-paper, fabric, or other porous surfaces, must be completely removed and replaced from your home or office.

14. If you have mold on the structural support of your home or office building, it may not be cleaned out by scrubbing alone. It may have to be sanded. Don’t forget to wear the appropriate protective coverings.

15. Remember, the best prevention for mold is to KEEP THINGS DRY and always use a good air purification system!

Do you of any other ways to get rid of mold? Please add any mold removal tips in the comment section below.

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Dr. Edward F. Group III has his Naturopathic Doctorate, Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist certifications, and is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the American Board of Functional Medicine. He founded Global Healing Center Inc. in 1998 which has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

A dynamic author and speaker, Dr. Group focuses solely on spreading the message of health and wellness to the global community with the philosophy of full body cleansing, most importantly colon cleansing, consuming pure clean organic food, water, air, exercise and nutritional supplementation. Visit GlobalHealingCenter.com to learn more about living green and healthy!


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Anonymous

It is my first time seeing this site and I think it is great. I think that majority of health problems including , depression, ADD ADHD.... come from our bodies not getting enough of what we need and too much of the garbage that is out there. Most people are deficient in their vitamin level due to the lack of nutrients in the food we eat. People turn to antidepressant so quickly instead of listening to their body, eating healthy, exersizing and making sure you are in a healthy environment. We live in a spoiled world that is used to instant gratification. We have no appreciation for things anymore. If something breaks we get rid of it. How many of us will try to fix it.... Thank you for letting me share.

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toxicmoldtruth

In addition to the suggestions above, those with mold and allergy concerns may want to check out the remarkable research on toxic mold removal done by environmental expert Dr Ed Close. Simply diffusing a therapeutic-grade essential oil regularly will likely result in an environment very hostile to mold, not to mention the health benefits, long-term protection, and simply making your home smell great. You might also consider using the Thieves Household Cleaner that Dr Close suggests for his remediation clients.
http://www.secretofthieves.com/m...

In one instance, 10,667 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a per cubic meter area. After diffusing Thieves essential oil for forty-eight hours, Dr Close retested. Only thirteen stachybotrys remained. Similarly, 75,000 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a sample of sheetrock. After seventy-two hours of diffusing, no stachybotrys mold spores remained. (Stachybotrys has a reputation for being the most toxic mold.)

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PuroClean Home Rescue

Thank you for a great article Dr. Edward Group. Thank you especially for point 13. I'm tired of seeing people post that chlorine bleach is the answer for killing mold. Why do people want to kill the mold in the first place when dead mold is probably just as dangerous once it's breathed in? Getting rid of the porous materials that the mold is on is the only solution (after stopping the source of moisture).

Molds are nature’s decomposers, and are responsible for breaking down and getting rid of dead organic material. They definitely have their place in nature, but not in our homes or businesses.

Mold trapped in homes is extremely dangerous, and toxic varieties can cause many problems, including severe illness and the complete destruction of property. Once mold is discovered action should be taken immediately to prevent further issues. Unfortunately when it comes to getting rid of mold the first thing people reach for is the bottle of bleach under the kitchen sink, but it can and does make the problem worse. Bleach can actually feed the very thing you are trying to get rid of. There are various reasons why chlorine bleach should not be used for the clean up of mold. It’s for these reasons that chlorine bleach is not registered as a disinfectant to kill mold with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There are quite a few reasons why chlorine bleach is ineffective at killing mold:

Firstly, chlorine bleach does not have the ability to cut through a dirty surface. Bleach cannot clean dirt and only masks it by bleaching it white or transparent. Any soiled surface that requires mold restoration will initially require cleaned before being disinfected with bleach. This is twice the amount of work required to get rid of mold than if the correct product was used in the first place. In addition, the killing power of bleach is quickly deactivated by organic material.

Secondly, even full strength chlorine bleach is too diluted to get rid of mold permanently especially on porous surfaces. The chlorine itself will not soak into porous materials such as drywall and wood, but the water making up 99% of chlorine bleach does, and feeds the mold. Mold grows its roots deep into the surface of drywall and wood and the chlorine can only kill what is on the surface, allowing the roots of the mold to remain very much alive. Mold removal of porous materials is only safe way of getting rid of all the mold.

Lastly, whatever killing power chlorine bleach does posses drops rapidly even over a very short period of time. Apart from the fact that the disinfecting power of bleach is quickly deactivated once it comes into contact with organic material, chlorine bleach also has a very short shelf life. As the bleach sits on the grocery store shelf or in the cupboards in a home, the Chlorine ions continually bleed through the plastic which is why bleach smells like bleach even when the bottle is closed. It is reported that in just the first three months after being bottled there is a 50% loss in killing power in an unopened container of bleach.

The EPA, various Departments of Health, the Wall Street Journal, and even Clorox themselves, have all stated that bleach is ineffective at killing mold on porous surfaces. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), Clorox, the EPA and OSHA, have all stated that bleach should never be used in mold remediation. Bleach appears to kill mold, but just the surface mold is affected – the hidden mold underneath the surface is alive and well – now it’s been fed and doing better than ever.

When the mold eventually grows back, and it will, it will be stronger than before. Bleach seems to help, but it makes the problem worse. There are ways to get rid of your unwanted houseguest, but bleach is not one of them. Call a local professional restoration company like PuoClean Home Rescue instead and they will instruct you that killing mold is not good enough; you must get rid of the porous material too.

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Vinegar for Mold Removal

Vinegar is another good natural mold cleaner and disinfectant. Use undiluted white vinegar to clean and remove mold from hard surfaces like bathroom tiles, walls, floors, etc.

Spray the vinegar solution onto the surface and let it stay for at least 15 minutes before wiping off. You may choose to rinse with clean water if you cannot stand the strong smell from vinegar. Otherwise you may just leave it as it is. Allow the areas to dry completely. Weekly rinse with vinegar is good to prevent mold from growing.

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PuroClean Home Rescue

I agree, white fermented vinegar can also help kill mold, but we have to remember what we are trying to accomplish here, are we trying to kill the mold or remove it from our homes and business. Dead mold spores can be just as dangerous as live mold spores (with one caveat, live mold spores can germinate under the right conditions). Some molds produce toxic mycotoxins which when breathed in can cause all kinds of illnesses, diseases or death. When that mold spore dies the mycotoxins crystallize around the spore, but once breathed into our lungs the crystallized toxins mix with the moisture in out lung walls and presto you have toxins that can be absorbed by our bodies again.

So, prevention is the best cure – keep your home dry and prevent any water damage, but if you already have mold get rid of it instead of focusing on just killing it. Mold removal is the best and safest form of attack. If you want to use the vinegar, rather spray it onto a cloth and wipe the moldy surface – don’t just spray it onto the mold. Have you ever see a mushroom close up on a nature channel when it gets hit by a rain drop? It releases a cloud of spores into the air, well molds have the same survival mechanism, the spores are hydrophobic (water hating) at first until it finds enough moisture to germinate in at which point it becomes hydrophilic (water loving). It’s quite brilliant actually; the mold spores are repelled by moisture initially to prevent the spores from germinating and then dying because there wasn’t enough moisture in the first place to sustain the growth. So spraying mold with anything is not recommended.

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Jerseys

Spray the vinegar solution onto the surface and let it stay for at least 15 minutes before wiping off. You may choose to rinse with clean water if you cannot stand the strong smell from vinegar. Otherwise you may just leave it as it is. Allow the areas to dry completely. Weekly rinse with vinegar is good to prevent mold from growing.

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Anonymous

you can buy a fungicide spray at lowes or home Depot that will kill fungicide.

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