BORAX POWDER can be used in mold-prone areas, like the bottom of the garbage can. Borax is a natural, effective anti-mold agent. Add to water (1 tbsp to 2 cups warm water) to clean moldy areas. Also add 1/2 cup to your wash load in addition to your laundry detergent.
WHITE VINEGAR can be used in shallow containers inside your cabinets to discourage musty odors. Apply to moldy areas with a sponge or sprayer. Let stand a few minutes then rinse off. Also add vinegar (1/2 cup) to your wash load.
ZEPHIRAN CONCENTRATE acts as a fungicide and germicide. Use 1 part Zephiran to 10 parts water.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE is a highly effective mold killer. Pour into a spray bottle and thoroughly spritz the affected areas. Avoid spraying on colored fabric.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL can be used to absorb odors.Actions you can take:
TURN ON THE LIGHTS - Light discourages mold growth. Use night lights, even in the bathroom.
CIRCULATE THE AIR - Use small electric fans or ceiling fans to discourage mold growth.
GET RID OF DAMPNESS - Use dehumidifier in rooms, keeping drain pan meticulously clean. The ground under the house should be dry. Use fans or lights under the house to discourage mold, or have the ground under the house lined with plastic.
KEEP THINGS CLEAN - Never hang clothes in the closet after they have been worn. Mold grows on them. Keep closets, dresser drawers, bathrooms, and refrigerator as clean and dry as possible.
CLEAN REFRIGERATOR DRIP TRAY - and the rubber door gasket.
WET TOWELS AND WASHCLOTHS - Take wet items immediately to the laundry area. Hang them outside to dry if you have to postpone laundering.
PET LITTER - Change pet litter daily to reduce mold growth.
DISCARD DAMP PILES OF ODDS AND ENDS - Throw away old newspapers, magazines, old carpets, cast off furniture, dingy pillows, etc.
CARPETING - Remove heavy carpeting. Use light, washable throw rugs instead. Carpet is a lush haven for mold growth.
BATHROOM / SHOWER AREA -
* Squeegee the shower walls after showering or wipe down the walls with a towel or sponge.
* Spread out the shower curtain. Use a small fan to quickly dry the shower or tub area.
* Leave a light on in the shower to discourage mold.
WALLPAPER - It is a haven for mold, especially in the bathroom. It also contains insecticides.
OLD MATTRESSES - should be replaced as they are a source of mold. Regularly air newer mattresses to discourage musty odors.
RAINSPOUTS - Extend the down-spouting to carry the rainwater further away from the house.
HOUSEPLANTS - Do not over-water. Soil and plant may be sprayed with a solution of 3 teaspoons baking soda, mixed at the rate of 3 teaspoons per gallon of water, as an effective fungicide on flowers and shrubbery.Free information about mold cleanup and additional resources are available from the EPA Indoor Air Information Clearinghouse online at http://www.epa.gov/iaq or by phone at 1-800-438-4318.