An article explaining how to make and use cheap, environmentally friendly mildew removal products.
Organic Mildew Removal
It seems there are a myriad of cleaning products on the market nowadays, each claiming to have some revolutionary ingredient without which your home is in imminent peril. And, to go along with the outlandish marketing claims there seems to be an outlandish price tag to match. Not only that, but, we are told chemical cleaners are responsible for polluting the oceans, causing allergies and respiratory problems among children and the production process is burning a hole in the ozone.
All great reasons to use organic cleaning products; but have you checked their price tag. You can’t win! Or, maybe you can. Using items you may already have lying around the house you can make your own cleaning products which are just as effective, extremely cheap and won’t harm the environment.
Here are a few environmentally friendly options to remove mildew from around the home.
Prevention is better than the cure
Mildew is caused by a build up of excess moisture. A dehumidifier will help to reduce moisture build up but running one day and night really isn’t very environmentally friendly.
Setting trays of dry cat litter around the affected area offers a greener solution and will also absorb any excess moisture. Just be sure that you are using organic cat litter like ones made with newspaper, not clay.
However, the smart thing to do is to identify the source of the moisture. This way the problem is eliminated completely. It could be a leaky pipe or dripping tap. Find it and fix it. Otherwise, mildew could just be the start of the problem. Once moisture gets into the plasterboard or woodwork it becomes a much more expensive problem to fix than a leaky pipe.
To tackle already existing mildew on carpets, walls, curtains or tiles, you can use white vinegar, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract or baking soda. Here’s how;
Dilute either two tsp of white vinegar, tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract with one cup of water. Shake and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the affected area with the solution and leave to dry. Then, rub off the mildew and hoover up any debris.
To remove more stubborn mildew stains, mix baking soda with vinegar in a cup and apply to the affected area with a cloth.
To save mildew spoiled books, simply dust them lightly with cornstarch and let sit for a few hours in sunlight. Then, wipe clean with a dry cloth and shake. Problem solved.
All methods are equally effective although vinegar and tea tree oil are cheaper than the scentless grapefruit extract option.
So here are a few solutions to help you deal with removing mildew in an eco-friendly way. You don’t need to buy a star in the sky or anything dramatic. Rather, just use common sense and look around the internet. There are so many websites these days that will help you find new and exciting ways to clean and sterilize your home in an eco-friendly way that is safe for you and the environment, like right here at Naturazik!