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6 Natural Ways to Kill and Prevent Dangerous Black Mildew and Mold
4. Vinegar Spray
Plain white vinegar kills about 82 percent of mildew and mold. Vinegar is super cheap and easy to use. Simply pour plain vinegar into a spray bottle and spray liberally on the affected areas. If you can live with the smell, don’t rinse.
If not, wipe the remainder of the mold off with a wet rag or rinse it well, preferably with hot water. Another option is to add a few drops of a sweet smelling essential oil, such as orange or lemon, to help mask the vinegar smell. Read more about uses for vinegar.
5. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Although this says grapefruit seed, this particular option is odorless. Many people find this option preferable when they dislike the smell of vinegar or tea tree oil. You can find grapefruit seed extract at almost any health food store. Simply mix 2 cups of water and 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract in a spray bottle. Shake well before using and spray liberally on the problem areas. Do not rinse. If you would like a nice smell, you can always add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice.
6. Seal Tile and Grout
After you have removed the mold or mildew from your tile or grout, you might want to consider resealing them. Grout and unfinished tile are the perfect place for mold to get a start. If you notice that the grout in your kitchen or bathroom darken when they get wet, this means that they are absorbing water. It’s not very difficult to reseal grout or tile; usually it’s as easy as painting on a colorless sealant or mopping a tile floor with the same substance. Visit your local home improvement store for information on how to do this.
Nothing seems to be as gross as finding black mold growing in your house, but on top of the yuck factor, mold is dangerous. So use one of the above methods and get rid of that black growing stuff as soon as you possibly can.