This happens to me more often than I’d like to admit, because I’m so conscious of my environment and mold, but I’ll be cleaning my kitchen and come over to where I keep my dish sponge and counter sponges and I’ll smell it—that funky moldy, mildew smell. The minute it hits me, I know I have let my sponges sit too long. They are full of mold, and they smell really bad. Now what? How can I clean my sponges for mold and bacteria?
I subscribe to an informative and well-written newsletter from SinusitisWellness.com, which is affiliated with MicroBalance Health Products. The latest newsletter that I received from them contained an article about apartment living, and some of the hidden mold dangers inherent in living in multiple-occupancy buildings. This article, in particular, hit home with me, because my family has moved frequently with my husband’s job, and thus, we have lived in our fair share of apartments and rental homes.
When you think about thwarting mold growth, sunlight and ample air flow are your best friends. Proper air flow regulates home temperature and removes impurities. Therefore, something as simple as increasing air flow in your home can prevent mold growth from ever occurring. Wouldn’t that be the best scenario for your family?
I decided to put together this “cheat sheet” of sorts to help you capitalize on and maximize air flow in your home. If you already have or suspect water intrusion, or mold growth, these tips are not for you. For that, I would advise you to hire a mold remediation professional to come out, assess the situation, and offer their professional advice. These tips are uncomplicated changes that you can make without having to hire a contractor or mold professional. They just require you to look at your home a little differently. If you are being proactive about protecting your family, sometimes the simplest changes breed the greatest rewards.
Shoes can be gross. We wear them everywhere. They pick up everything on them from everywhere, and then we think nothing of walking straight into our homes without removing them, only to track everywhere and everything all over our carpets and rugs. Get the picture? So, although the practice seems to be relatively uncommon in most Western countries, you may want to be the first of your friends to start a trend of taking your shoes off before entering your home.