The warm, humid, and damp conditions facilitate mildew growth. Poor illumination and uncirculated air due to poor ventilation are other contributing factors that cause growth of mildew. The laundry, kitchen, bathroom, basement, and crawl spaces of houses are mildew prone areas.
It is very important to remove mildew immediately as you notice it because it can leave stains or cause discoloration on the infested areas. In addition, it produces an unpleasant odor. The growth of mildew does not only cause damage to the surface but it is also dangerous to health. It can aggravate allergy and asthma problems.
The use of natural home remedies for mildew removal can be effective and more cost-efficient. It is also safer to use compared to some anti-mildew products available in stores.
The first step to prevent and remove mildew is to keep everything clean and to remove excess moisture. Keep your things clean, dry, and as much as possible keep your place well ventilated. Air moisture can also be prevented or removed with the help of an air conditioner.
Tea tree essential oil can effectively remove mildew and helps prevent from coming back. In two cups of water, add 2 tsp of tea tree oil and pour into a clean and empty spray bottle. Spray the infested area and do not wipe down the surface.
The mixture of natural vinegar (1/2 cup) and water (2 cups) can also help to remove mildew. Example, when you use the mixture to treat the floor or wall affected with mildew, spray a generous amount of the mixture to the affected area. Scrub and wash it thoroughly to eliminate the smell of vinegar.
For textiles, you can use the mixture of lemon juice (1/4 cup), salt (1/4 cup), and a pint of water to rub into the affected area of the fabric. Leave for about half an hour. Then wash the fabric as usual with a detergent and rinse thoroughly.
When natural home remedies are not sufficient, another option of is to use moisture-absorbing chemical products like activated alumina
, anhydrous calcium sulfate, and silica gel. Other commercial products can also be used to prevent mildew from growing such as aerosol spray, anti-mildew paint for wooden items, and wax for leather protection.