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How to clean mold and mildew stains

Mold and mildew are fungi, microscopic organisms that thrive in a moist environment. Mold and mildew develop within 48 hours of moisture exposure. If you smell a a musty odor in your home, chances are that there is probably mold or mildew.

 

 

Ways to removing Mold & Mildew.

  1. Dealing with the root cause: Since mold is a moisture problem, cleaning the mold itself is not enough. Clean, dry and repair every water logged area with 24 hours to prevent mold from growing. Always use personal protective equipment’s when cleaning mold and mildew.  Bathrooms, kitchen, sinks and all water areas, are the locations that molds will usually grow. So you want to be sure to always wipe these area dry and open windows in bathrooms and kitchens to allow fresh air to assist in drying the moisture. If the mold growth is large (over 10 square ft), it is advisable to seek professional help. Never paint over a moldy surface, as this is referred to as a band-aid treatment. It does not treat the mold itself, as some molds can be harmful “toxic mold”.
  2. A mixture of bleach and warm water:  Part A- mix 1 part bleach + 10 parts of water solution in a small spray bottle is an effective solution for cleaning mold and mildew. Use a brush for scrubbing the affected area and be sure to dry the area even after cleaning, in order not to promote mold growth again, which is due to moisture. Part B –Use undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and clean the infested area with a brush, but avoid using this solution on a wooden surface.
  3. Use a borax solution to kill and inhibit mold growth: Mix 1 cup of borax with a bucket of water. With a brush scrub the affected area very well , rinse with water and dry the surface area. Borax is excellent for killing mold and preventing further growth of future mold, but be cautious not to ingest borax, because it is harmful.
  4. Use hydrogen peroxide: Use a 3% undiluted hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. Spray the affected surface and wait for 10-15 mins before wiping the surface clean. Hydrogen peroxide is great for removing heavy stains caused by mold.
  5. Use Ammonia solution: Mix 1 part of ammonia + 1 part of water in a spray bottle. Never mix ammonia with bleach, it creates chlorine gas which is a harmful fume. Spray the affected area, and with ammonia allow the solution to sit for several hours before scrubbing the surface and wiping it dry.
  6. Use baking soda: Baking soda is a safe cleaning product that is pet and environmental friendly. It helps to clean and deodorize mold and mildew. Apply baking soda directly to an affected area or mix baking soda with some parts of water. Baking soda is good for surfaces like wooden furniture and or dry wall. Allow the solution to penetrate into the affected surface and wipe the area dry.

Tackling mold and mildew can be done with some common home made solution, but you may want to consult a professional in some severe cases.

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Important things pregnant women should know while cleaning

It is a known fact that there is a link between the exposure of cleaning products and respiratory problems. So imagine how that could affect an unborn baby in the mother’s womb, even before inhaling his first breath.

Prenatal exposure to home cleaning products and house hold cleaners have been found to cause persistent wheezing in children after birth in a UK study, and the children who suffered from wheezing tend to have respiratory complications later in life. Cleaning products such as disinfectants, bleach, carpet cleaners, air fresheners, aerosol, pesticides, were estimated by researchers, by comparing the number of exposure per day for each pregnant mother, to the number of children born with respiratory problems.

The findings in the study showed that there was a correlation between the exposure of these chemical to wheezing in infants, and the respiratory complications seemed to have continued throughout childhood. Exposure to cleaning products is harmful to the infants before and after birth, so it is important to use safe home made product or non-toxic green cleaning products while pregnant.

Lots of things change when a woman is pregnant, so it is important to take precautions when it comes to home cleaning. Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts to help pregnant women while cleaning.

  1. Read the labels carefully: Look carefully for words like toxic, danger, poison, corrosive on the labels of house cleaning products, and avoid using those products. Try using products labelled non-toxic and all natural.
  2. Make your own safe home cleaning product: There are many safe home made cleaning solution. A mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water will make an excellent cleaning solution for bath tubs, tiles and counter tops. Baking soda is good for hard stain remover, and a mixture of 1 part of hydrogen peroxide with water will make a good stain remover for laundry instead of using bleach.
  3. Wear gloves while cleaning: During pregnancy, this skin’s sensitivity is higher than normal, and products that never bothered you before could cause skin irritation. Get a pair of gloves to protect your skin while cleaning.
  4. Avoid cleaning mold in the house: Mold can be toxic and it is advisable for pregnant women to clean a moldy area or bathroom. Have you partner or friend assist with the cleaning of bathrooms or hire a professional cleaning service.
  5. Avoid wearing shoes in the house: Allows remove your shoes outside the entrance of the door, and have other do so as well. Doing so, your house will be less dirty and free of some toxins. You may also want to keep a pair of indoor shoes designated for inside the house only.

 

 

References

http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2015/08/respiratory-risk-first-breath-household-cleaning-products-may-affect-health-womb

http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/cleaning-during-pregnancy.aspx#02

 

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Learn how to have fun while cleaning your bedroom

Cleaning of a messy bedroom can often be a challenging task, which often results in procrastination and one may end up sharing their bedroom with unwanted bugs and germs. Here is a fun step to help you engage in cleaning your room.

  1. Use external stimulus to get you in the right frame of mind: You may want to use your favorite music, or something upbeat to get you pumped and ready for the task ahead. Other suggestions are audio of book or movie, as long as it does not take your focus away.
  2. Open windows for light and fresh air: While cleaning, you want as much light as you can in the room in order to see all the dirty areas. You also want fresh air coming into the room while dusting or sweeping for better breathing and ventilation.
  3. Remember to take breaks as needed: Taking a break to relax, eat or drink a cup of water is a good idea, because you don’t want to rush through everything just to get the job done quickly. It is better to take longer and clean thoroughly.
  4. Change up your arrangements: You should re-arrange the bedroom set and position from time to time for a newer feel. You can also try arranging the clothes in your closest by colors. Be creative and switch your style up often .
  5. Remember to change you bedding regularly: You always want to change your bed sheets and pillow cases regularly. The fact that the me still look clean or even smell clean does not make the bug free.
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How to clean your bathroom

Bathrooms are one of the places that people despise cleaning, but the truth is that by cleaning it regularly and keeping up with a schedule, cleaning a bathroom is not as horrible as you think. As a matter of fact, it becomes easier for you to clean.

A natural and inexpensive way to clean you bathroom with just a simple solutions, and a few house hold materials. ( water, vinegar, baking soda & peroxide).

-Mix (1 part of vinegar with 5 parts of water) in a spray bottle, bucket or small container.

-Be sure to remove all items or obstacles that can interfere with your cleaning.

-Spray your tiles, bath tub, sink, toilet bowl, and give some time (30mins) for the solution to develop some build up.

-Scrub all areas you sprayed with a sponge, brush or cloth and rinse with water.

– Next, sprinkle some baking soda on places with stains and scrub with a brush, then rinse.

-Finally, mix some peroxide with water (1 part peroxide & 10 parts of water), spray solution on cleaning surfaces, then scrub and rinse.

Cleaning a bathroom can be very easy, fun , and very inexpensive. You do not need those expensive products at the grocery stores that could possible affect your respiratory system, cause skin irritations, and potentially toxic to you children and pets.

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why you should use green products.

1. Safety of your personal health: The truth is that many household products we have grown to love and trust are harmful to our health. Repeated exposure to theses chemicals  increases the bio-accumulation of chemicals in the body. Our skin and respiratory tract are common methods of exposure to these toxins. The Elderly, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune system are a high risk population for chemical exposure. It is important start reviewing cleaning products because preventing health problems caused by chemical exposure is not only wise, but beneficial to us.

2. Safety of your children and loved ones: Most cleaning products come with the “keep out of reach of children” warning label. However, house cleaning products rank withing top 5 causes of childhood poisoning case. We often believe that damage can only be done to our children, if they ingest the chemical, but that is not the case. Simple exposure of the residue that the home cleaning products leave behind, while our infants and toddlers are crawling and playing around the house after cleaning. Infants are known to touch every surface and put almost everything in their mouth, increasing the risk factor for exposure.

3. Safety of your pets:  For people who own pets, they are equally our family members. Cleaning products with bleach, ammonia, chlorine, gycol, ethers or formaldehyde can cause many problems in adults and children, but infants and pets are particularly at risk for things such as cancer, anemia, liver and kidney damage.

4. Safety of the environments:  Kitchen clean-up, using common household cleansers, wipes and sprays dramatically increase harmful air pollution, according to a new study by an environmental advocacy group.

5. Safety of the water system:While waste water treatment is effective in removing biodegradable food and human waste, but new chemical constantly introduced to the market will pose a treat to waste water treatment facilities.

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Are you cleaning products safe?

There are so many cleaning products sold all over the world, and it is very important to know what products are safe for cleaning your home. Every time you use a cleaning product, chances are you may be compromising your personal health, the health of your family members and pets, polluting the environment, and water supply.

According to the environmental working group (EWG) A findings, about  53% of cleaning products they tested can be harmful to the respiratory system (lungs), while 22% can cause asthma. Many of these products that we use, from cleaning solutions, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners, soaps, detergents, air fresheners, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, surface cleaners and polishers and many more, promise to make our homes cleaning and smell fresher.  But what most consumers are not aware of are the short-term, long term adverse effects, and hidden dangers that these products could potentially cause.

Customers have the right to know!!!!

The food, drug and cosmetic industry have made it mandatory for manufacturers to disclose the ingredient label, but not for the cleaning product.  You would be surprised to know that many manufacturers of cleaning products do not disclose all ingredients in their cleaners. Also consumers should watch out for some “Natural” products because natural does not mean non-toxic. Some plant based product may cause allergic reactions, and some chemicals used in green products may not have been thoroughly tested.

With that being said, here are my Top 5 reasons for using non-toxic, eco-friendly products:

1. Safety of your personal health: The truth is that many household products we have grown to love and trust are harmful to our health. Repeated exposure to theses chemicals  increases the bio-accumulation of chemicals in the body. Our skin and respiratory tract are common methods of exposure to these toxins. The Elderly, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune system are a high risk population for chemical exposure. It is important start reviewing cleaning products because preventing health problems caused by chemical exposure is not only wise, but beneficial to us.

2. Safety of your children and loved ones: Most cleaning products come with the “keep out of reach of children” warning label. However, house cleaning products rank withing top 5 causes of childhood poisoning case. We often believe that damage can only be done to our children, if they ingest the chemical, but that is not the case. Simple exposure of the residue that the home cleaning products leave behind, while our infants and toddlers are crawling and playing around the house after cleaning. Infants are known to touch every surface and put almost everything in their mouth, increasing the risk factor for exposure.

3. Safety of your pets: For people who own pets, they are equally our family members. Cleaning products with bleach, ammonia, chlorine, gycol, ethers or formaldehyde can cause many problems in adults and children, but infants and pets are particularly at risk for things such as cancer, anemia, liver and kidney damage.

4. Safety of the environments: Kitchen clean-up, using common household cleansers, wipes and sprays dramatically increase harmful air pollution, according to a new study by an environmental advocacy group.

5. Safety of the water system:While waste water treatment is effective in removing biodegradable food and human waste, but new chemical constantly introduced to the market will pose a treat to waste water treatment facilities.

 

 

 

Resources:

www.greencleancertified.com

www.organicconsumers.org

www.ewg.org

http://www.abesmarket.com/blog/health-wellness/6-reasons-to-use-green-cleaning-products-in-your-home/

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Home Cleaning

Home cleaning is more than just getting rid of garbage and dirt, simply to make your house look clean. Your home may look clean, but unfortunately it may hosting tons of bacteria and germs all over the place. It is important that the cleaning products we use is safe, not only to get rid of germs and bacteria but to protect us from compromising our health.

There are tons of cleaning products out there, a lot of them promise to do the job but most of them contain harmful toxins that may cause a long-term hazardous adverse effect to our health, pets, and the environment. Green, natural and non-toxic solution is the ecological way to cleaning, especially with the increase of respiratory problems, environmental concerns, and diseases related to exposure to chemicals.

A lot of cleaning products out there have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and irritations, accidents (burns & poison). From laundry products, dish washing soaps & detergents, bathroom cleaners, all purpose cleaners, Air fresheners and other product, there are safe green cleaning products in the market that you can choose from.