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Black joints, blistering paper, ugly gray marks? To get rid of mold throughout the house, make way for grandma's tips! From the kitchen to the bathroom, from the walls to the fabrics, we have compiled the best solutions for removing once and for all traces of mold.
1. White vinegar to clean mold
White vinegar can do almost everything, including remove mold from walls. First option, we soak a sponge and directly clean the traces of mold. If the ugly gray spots persist, we go to plan B: dilute 30 cl of white vinegar in 20 cl of water, place everything in a spray bottle and spray generously. Leave to act for several hours before wiping with a cloth, repeating the operation until the traces disappear.
2. Clean the mold with baking soda
Second ally of the healthy house, bicarbonate can also chase away mold, especially on joints! To use it, prepare a paste with 200 g of bicarbonate and about 10 cl of water. Then rub the joints directly with this paste, using a small brush or an old toothbrush. Leave to act for 10 minutes and rinse, why not with white vinegar to boost the shine of the joints.
3. Toothpaste against moldy stains
No baking on hand? We go to system D with the contents of the cupboards! Perfect for rid the tissues of traces of mold, the trick is to make a dough with a sachet of baking powder (yes, the one that goes into cakes ...) and a dab of toothpaste. As with bicarbonate, the gray marks are then rubbed with the mixture, left to stand for a few hours, then rinsed or passed through the machine. A grandmother's tip to save grandmother's tablecloths!
4. Tea tree essential oil against mold
Champion of natural antifungal and antibacterial, tea tree essential oil does not necessarily cleanse mold by itself, but helps eliminate them by sanitizing surfaces. It is preferably used mixed with another liquid, for example white vinegar. Be careful though, like most essential oils, that of tea tree is contraindicated for children under three years or pregnant women during the first five months.
5. The scraper to remove mold
We would like to tell you that mold will magically disappear simply thanks to these grandmother's tricks. But even if this is the case, you will not save the elbow grease… Better to start with remove most of the mold with a painter's knife or a scraper! Once the chosen product has been applied, you will then need to scrub with the scraping face of a sponge or a toothbrush for the joints. And it may also be necessary to put a second layer on the scraper if the mold resists. In the case of overly attacked joints, it is sometimes inevitable to redo them after having scraped.