Mildew can be a big nuisance around your home. It can spread onto your floors, walls, furniture, and fabric, and cause both superficial and serious structural damage to your house. Mildew is also dangerous to your health, and it can make you experience respiratory difficulties, or it can cause dermatological complications in some cases. You should try to prevent the growth of mildew in your home, and take measures to get rid of it as soon as you detect it. Although there are specialty products that can be used to get rid of mold around the house, the following home remedies are just as effective.
How to remove mildew using vinegar
Vinegar is a non-toxic substance that can be used to remove mildew from both surfaces and fabrics. It is slightly acidic, and it can remove most of the mildew it comes in contact with and kill off their spores thus preventing them from growing back. All types of vinegar can be used to remove mildew. To remove mildew from walls, tiles or countertops, you can put undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle, then spray it onto the affected surface. Let it sit for a while, then use a brush to scrub the surface. After the mildew is gone, wash the surface with clean water and dry it off. You can also add vinegar to your fabrics when you wash them to get rid of mildew.
How to remove mildew using household bleach
To remove mildew from surfaces such as floors and counters, mix a cup of household bleach and five liters of warm water in a bucket. Dip a brush with fairly strong bristles into the mixture, and use it to scrub the affected surface. Splash the mixture in corners and crevices that are hard to access, and use a piece of cloth or a smaller brush to properly clean such areas. The active component in household bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which is both a cleaning agent and a disinfectant. You can also use bleach to remove mildew from light colored fabrics by adding it to the wash cycle. Bleach can also be used to get rid of any discoloration that may result from a mildew infestation. Bleach has a strong smell and it can sometimes produce toxic gases as by products of cleaning processes. When you work with bleach indoors, make sure that the room is properly ventilated and that there is sufficient air circulation.
How to remove mildew using baking soda
Baking soda is very effective in removing mildew around the house, and it is chemically mild and harmless. When you want to remove mildew from porous surfaces like drywall and pieces of furniture, you can sprinkle the baking soda directly onto the affected surface. You can then let it stay for a while so that it penetrates underneath the surface, and afterward, you can wipe it off. Baking soda, which is also referred to as sodium bicarbonate, has the ability to destroy mildew spores that are hidden inside porous materials. You can also mix a few tablespoons of baking soda and some water in a spray bottle and use it to remove mildew from non-porous surfaces and walls.