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Stop and Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home with These Tips

Stop and Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home with These Tips

Mold is a type of fungi that grows on all types of surfaces, objects, and structures. Mold has a useful role in breaking down and decomposing dead and rotting plants; it isn’t something you particularly want around your house. It can grow practically anywhere that is moist and warm. You can find them on the upholstery of your furniture, on clothing, the fabric of your carpets, on wood, on walls, ceilings, and floors. Their visible black, gray, and green growths destroy the aesthetic appeal of your home.

They also affect the quality of air by filling rooms with a foul smell and cause respiratory diseases and trigger allergies. Don’t allow mold to take over your house. Stop and prevent the growth now with these proven methods.

Prevention

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    Woman looking out big bright window by Elena Elisseeva via 123rf

    The first step in preventing mold growth is by eliminating the conditions of growth.

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    1. Eliminate Moisture

    Prevent the growth of mold by reducing moisture in the air and eliminating water from surfaces. Reduce moisture in the air by using dehumidifiers in houses that are situated in hot and humid areas. Have a hygrometer handy to measure the humidity of the air. Adjust your dehumidifiers to keep the humidity below 60% at all times to prevent mold growth. Dehumidifiers and hygrometers are readily available at hardware stores.

    Other major culprits are leaky water pipes, ceilings, and rooftops. Make sure these are all sealed tight. In addition, make sure any water basins such as your sinks and bathtubs are dry and clean when not in use. When it comes to carpets, use wool carpets and fabric that do not retain moisture. We also suggest not keeping wet clothes in the house. Immediately take washed clothes outside to dry in the sun.

    2. Regulate Warmth

    Open windows for good ventilation and allow warm air to escape outside. Open doors between rooms to increase circulation in the house. If you want to take it up a notch, switch on your air conditioners to keep the air flow circulating around your home.

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    3. Lighten up Dark Spaces

    Mold growth thrives in dark spaces, and so you should draw up curtains to allow enough sunlight in your rooms. Still, surfaces also favor mold growth, so try to ensure that the sunlight hits your unused bed covers and pillows that lie still all day long.

    Stopping Mold Growth

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      Man vacuums carpet via Carpet Vida London

      1. Vacuum Wet Materials

      Sometimes it’s just not enough to dry the surfaces. Certain materials (such as carpets) absorb the moisture. The purpose of wet vacuuming is to pick up and remove these pockets of moisture to ensure completely dryness. It might seem like overkill, but the cost (from a financial and health point of view) are not worth the risk.

      2. Scrub with Water and Detergent

      Sometimes you just need to get your hands dirty, and there’s nothing like scrubbing your house. No pain, no gain, right? You should scrub all the moldy surfaces with water and detergent. In your bathrooms, you should use cotton coils dipped in detergent to wipe off the mold. The cotton is smooth and friendly on tiles. As soon as you are done scrubbing, wipe the surfaces clean and keep them dry to discourage further growth.

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      3. Discard Objects that Have Excess Mold

      Sometimes dry cleaning, scrubbing and vacuuming are not enough to remove mold completely. To stop the spreading of mold altogether, the easiest solution might just be to throw it away. We all have things we love, but the last thing you want is it spreading across other things you love. You may need to remove entire wooden ceilings, burn clothes, peel wallpapers, and replace furniture. Put the identified mold infested objects in plastic bags if possible, and have waste disposal services pick them up.

      When working with mold, always wear protective equipment such as face masks and rubber gloves. These would reduce contact between you and the mold spores that when inhaled or ingested could cause a variety of illnesses. Most of this is common sense – as long as there are no visible molds, discolorations on the wall or wet surfaces, you will probably be fine.

      Mold is tricky and painful to deal with, but just know that the cost of getting a remediation team in can be thousands of dollars (or even tens of thousands depending on the severity and home size), so be proactive. If you do need some help in removing mold, there are various cleaning companies that can help. It is better to have the job done well even if it would be costly than to have it half done and risk the reoccurrence of mold growth.

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      Featured photo credit: Black mold symptoms via blackmold-symptoms.com

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      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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      2. Stress Relief

      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

      3. Improved Sleep

      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

      4. Appetite Control

      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

      7. Mosquito Repellant

      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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      8. Pain Relief

      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

      9. The New Anti-Viral

      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

      10. Improved Cognitive Function

      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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      11. Money Saving

      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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