Mold is one of the most common problems in houses. There are many types of molds such as mildew, rot, spider mites, aphids and others. Some of them cause no harm while some may even be beneficial to your home. However there are some molds which can cause severe damage to your house if not removed immediately or at least treated properly before they become dangerous.
There are several ways to treat mold in houseplants. You could use bleach, ammonia or even chemicals like ozone. All these methods will kill all the harmful molds but it won’t remove the mold spores from the air. Once those spores have been released into the atmosphere they can grow and spread throughout your home causing health issues for you and other people living in your area.
The best way to prevent mold growth is through good houseplant care!
How To Get Rid Of Mold On Plant Soil?
You need to take action right away when it comes to getting rid of mold on plant soil. If you don’t do so soon, then the spores can easily grow and start spreading throughout your house. Here are some tips that will help you get rid of mold in houseplants:
1) Remove any old leaves or dead stems from your plants.
2) Next, mix 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, ¼ cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of bleach in a large container filled with water.
3) Soak the plant’s root ball in this mixture for at least 30 minutes.
4) After soaking the plant, gently wipe it with a clean cloth to remove mold from its leaves and stem.
5) Now place the plant in a well-ventilated room.
It is important to keep the plant away from heating and cooling vents because they can cause damp areas on walls and ceilings.
Cleaning The Mold Off From The Soil Of Houseplants
The best way to clean the mold off from the soil of houseplants is by using a solution prepared in your spray bottle. Here are its ingredients:
1) Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with 3 parts of water and add 2 tablespoons of bleach.
2) Shake well before each use.
Using this solution to spray the mold growing on your houseplant’s soil can kill it within minutes and will leave your plants looking fresh and clean. You can wash the spray off by using clean water.
Cleaning Soil Mold In Houseplants With Baking Soda
Another effective way to clean mold from the soil of your houseplants is to mix equal quantities of water and baking soda. Start by filling a large bucket with water. Add 1 cup of baking soda to this water and mix it thoroughly. Soak the affected plants in this solution for at least 15 minutes. Next, clean the mold off from the plant’s stem and leaves using a soft brush.
It is important that you regularly check your houseplants for mold and follow the easy methods discussed in this article on how to get rid of mold on plant soil. This is the only way to keep your home clean and free of toxic spores.
How To Get Rid Of Mold On Clothes?
You probably don’t like to think about it, but all of us have worn clothes that are covered in mold at some point or another. The reason for this is that our closets are prone to developing mold if they aren’t properly ventilated.
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