Is Mold Making You Sick?

By Guest

Mold can be a family’s worst nightmare, right up there with bedbugs. Some molds don’t cause any issues in the home, but others certainly will. Of course, mold exists everywhere, both inside your home and out. How you and your family members react to it will depend on a variety of things, such as what kind of mold it is, if you’re allergic to it, and how much of it there is.

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Mold likes to grow in areas of poor circulation, where it’s damp and has plenty of humidity. That means the first place your home that's likely to get mold is either the basement or the bathroom. Keep a sharp eye out, and pay attention to the warning signs. Issues like mold odor or new health concerns can signal a problem.

Potential Health Issues

If you’re someone who's likely to suffer from respiratory issues, then you may be extra sensitive to mold. One of the most common health indications of a mold problem is an asthmatic flare-up. Unfortunately, these flare-ups often don’t subside until the mold is taken care of. Out of approximately 21.8 million cases of asthma in the U.S., 4.6 million are due to mold. It can cause other issues too, such as a recurrent cough, shortness of breath, and a variety of respiratory illnesses.

Read 3 ways to get rid of bathroom mold  

Natural Solutions

Preventing mold is the most effective and natural way to avoid it. In order to do this, all you really need is a solid understanding of your home. Make sure to use a dehumidifier in your bathroom or basement if it gets humid there. Open windows in good weather to get some air circulating in areas it doesn’t always get to. 

However, if prevention doesn’t work or you end up with a mold problem, you can try to take care of it yourself. If the mold takes up more than 10 square feet, it's time to call a professional. 

Read about how to get rid of black mold for good

If you’re tackling it on your own, there are a few things you can try: 

You probably already have vinegar in your cupboards. Just spray it straight on the area, leave it for a few hours, and then scrub the mold away. 
You can also make a baking soda paste with water, rub it onto the mold, and scrub it off. 
If you want something that smells a bit better, mix a tablespoon of tea tree oil with water, then spray on for a few hours and then scrub off. Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, so it should take it out.
Hydrogen peroxide and grapefruit seed extracts also make for effective mold killers when diluted and allowed to sit for a few minutes.

 If you think you have a mold issue, investigate it. You might be surprised to find these natural solutions are exactly what you need to make your mold problem go away.

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By Guest| January 13, 2017
Categories:  Care

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