Most understand they can reach for some bleach to thoroughly scrub the nasty microbe’s buildup when homeowners begin to notice mold or mildew growth or just want to disinfect against COVID-19 and other viruses. Bleach is not always the preferred method, though quite a few people prefer to stay clear from the toxic chemical, particularly those with high sensitivity to it. Most know that it is a common agent that removes the growth of mold and mildew and be effective at disinfection for up to 24 hours. There are several other methods people can try besides bleach to combat the mold and mildew growing on the grout in your home. Nadia’s House Cleaning would like to list a few of them below.
Grapefruit Seed Extract for Mold
Though an expensive option, grapefruit seed extract is highly effective for cutting through mold. This odorless substance is well worth the expense to some as it naturally kills fungus. Most health food stores keep grapefruit seed extract in stock. In a spray bottle, add drops of grapefruit seed extract for every cup of water. Once you have let a solution soak in the fibers for 15 minutes, use a damp cloth to completely wipe it clean.
Tea Tree Oil to Combat Mold
To remove mold and mildew from grout, tea tree oil is a very natural option. The amount of tea tree oil used is dictated by how much water you require, and you need to clean the moldy area. In a spray bottle, mix a teaspoon of tea tree oil with a cup of water and administer the solution. After the solution is applied wait about 15 minutes then use a damp cloth to wipe away the residues.
Killing Mold with Hydrogen Peroxide
A safe option to clean the grout from mold is hydrogen peroxide. It is a great alternative to bleach is there are no harsh effects. Using caution, it can potentially cause the grout to lighten, under the right circumstances. After pouring some peroxide in a spray bottle for easy application, spray on the grout’s surface and let the bubbles sizzle for about 10 minutes. Scrub the area well and rinse clean.
Does Vinegar Kill Mold?
Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent that is highly efficient, yet very versatile and is great at defeating mold and mildew. Vinegar is naturally an acid and is recommended as a preventative aid to help prevent mildew and mold from developing. Mix together equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray the affected area and let it absorb into the surface for about 10 minutes. Scrub using a bristled brush and rinse clean.
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There are other options that can be equally more natural and gentler than bleach. Always read the label to learn the toxicity levels. When you need assistance combating mold and mildew in your home, Nadia’s House Cleaning has the expertise to clean, sanitize and deodorize. Call us today!