Detox 35 Recognising mould and mildew

Mould and mildew thrive in warm, moist and dark conditions — and are a huge problem after flooding.  Those black, green-black or brownish specks or stains on your walls, ceilings, cupboards and in the grouting between tiles are minute furry growths of fungi.  Typically, mould and mildew grow wherever condensation forms, such as around windows, under sinks and in bathrooms and laundries. Some common places for mould to develop include: curtain linings due to condensation from windows; shower curtains; fly-wire screens; refrigerators; bread and fruit; indoor plants and aquariums.

The easiest and safest way to deal with mould and mildew is a simple wipe over with white vinegar.  This will clean the surface and prevent the growth of bacteria and mould.  Any surface can receive this treatment including shoes, handbags, leather and vinyl surfaces and windows. 

Any clothing or linen that has gone mouldy needs to go through a normal wash followed by a vinegar rinse — then hang out in the sunshine to dry. 

More about mould and mildew tomorrow!

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About chemicalfreehome

My interest in chemical free living began in 1983 when I was accidentally soused in pesticide from an aircraft. I became seriously ill with life-threatening weight loss and severe pain; however, over a period of years I regained my health and gradually evolved a new lifestyle regarding the use of chemicals in our home. When I realised that other people were concerned about the effects of chemicals on health I decided to turn a negative into a positive and so wrote my best-selling book 'Chemical Free Home' published by Black Inc in Melbourne. I have been amazed by the response of all age groups, as everyone is affected by chemicals to some degree, and everyone benefits by reducing their use. In this blog I hope to suggest ways in which you too can create a healthier home environment.
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