We’ve all been there—at the gym, in the supermarket, or at a sporting event, and that all-too-familiar musty, mildew smell is coming from someone’s clothing. I was once in a boot camp class at our gym, and a woman’s clothing next to me smelled so stinky that I had to move away from her to continue the class. I was working hard and breathing heavily anyway, so the added odor was hard to take. My point here is that anyone can fall prey to mildew and moldy clothing, towels, fabrics. I don’t want that to be me and my family. Today, I’m going to teach you how to clean your washing machine for mold and bacteria. (This will be Part I of a two-part series on laundry.)
My husband has to travel almost weekly for work. Unfortunately, that means he spends lots of time in hotels and hotel rooms. With his extreme sensitivity to mold and mold-related allergens, this part of his job poses some difficulty for his health.
The good news is that MicroBalance Health Products continues to produce handy tools for allergy sufferers that can be used to make hotel rooms less of a nightmare. My husband takes the EC3 Air Purification Candles with him on all of his trips.
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.