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What are some home remedies for removing mold?

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Some home remedies for removing mold include using vinegar, tea tree oil and chlorine bleach. For small areas and light mold growth, scrubbing with soap and water is enough to remove it.

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What are some home remedies for removing mold?
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Spraying mold with vinegar is an effective home remedy for mold removal because it kills up to 82 percent of mold spores. For best results, spray mold with full strength vinegar and let it dry. A few drops of essential oil can be added to help with the smell, but it should diminish within in a few hours. Frequent spraying with vinegar can also help prevent mold from coming back.

A couple of teaspoons of tea tree oil mixed with a few cups of water is another effective home remedy for mold. As with vinegar, the mixture should be sprayed on and left to dry. The tea tree oil’s strong smell should be gone in a few days, and the mixture can be used on most surfaces, including clothes.

Chlorine bleach is especially effective at removing black mold. Combine a cup of chlorine bleach with a gallon of water, and use a spray bottle to cover the affected area. Take caution when using the bleach solution on surfaces that may react with it, including metal, cloth and wood. For a milder solution without the bleaching properties of chlorine, spray hydrogen peroxide on the affected area, scrub, and then wipe clean.

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