Following the mammoth task of clearing away flood debris and mud by means of shovels, wheelbarrows, skips, high-pressure water, brooms, ripping up sodden floor coverings and whatever else it takes — comes cleaning dirt and mould from walls, doors and windows.
There are four alternatives to the use of chemical bleaches and other powerful chemical cleaners. They are:
1. White vinegar (add 1 cup of vinegar to half a bucket of hot soapy water to clean. Rinse with a vinegar and hot water solution to help prevent the growth of further mould and leave a shiny, streak free surface)
2. Epsom salts (add 1 cup of Epsom salts to a bucket of hot soapy water to clean)
3. Eucalyptus oil (add one capful to hot soapy water to wash floors and walls, then use eucalyptus spray on dry surface to prevent the growth of further mould)
If mould is particularly ingrained, combine bicarb soda or borax with vinegar and use a stiff brush to scour clean the area. Rinse with a vinegar and hot water solution then leave to dry.