Want to find a better, less-toxic way to get rid of mold and mildew?  You’re in luck!  Here are a few ways to kill off mold and mildew that are safer for the environment and for your family:

Since mold and mildew cannot live in dry air, be sure to improve ventilation in the affected areas. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you use bathroom fans, open windows and wipe down surfaces after showering. Check your air conditioner drains, pipes and faucets for leaks. Clean and dry water-damaged rugs, and replace any carpet that is obviously moldy. Since kitty litter is highly absorbent, place bowls of it in damp areas and replace them weekly.

To fight mold and mildew, mix white vinegar and water (equal parts) in a spray bottle and spray on affected areas.  Wipe clean.  For tougher areas, pour vinegar on the affected area.  Do not rinse.  

Use hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach in the laundry.  Disinfect surfaces by spraying them with vinegar, followed by a spray of 3% peroxide. Wipe clean.   

To remove mold in the toilet bowl, make a scrub of baking soda and white vinegar. To clean the bathtub and tiles, cut a lemon in half and dip it in borax.  Scrub and rinse.  Or, combine baking soda with liquid soap, scrub and rinse.   

Mix 2 teaspoons tea tree oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray on problem areas, but do not rinse off (oregonmetro.gov).

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