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After the mold is gone, you don't want it to come back. Control the leak and the moisture, and that is half of the problem. But keep an eye out; keep things clean so mold doesn't get a foothold.

Okay, these household items aren't really anti-toxins, they're just green ways to maintain after the big bad mold monster is gone.

First, there's Dr. Bronnerís. My first experience with this amazing stuff was on a camping trip in college. It's amazing--you can do everything with it, from washing your person, to brushing your teeth (which I would only recommend with the peppermint!). The peppermint really does have a peppermint zing, and it only takes the tiniest amount to do just about anything. A gallon bottle could last you years because it is so concentrated. I'd recommend that you test three of their products to find your favorite, and compare how they handle your particular molds: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Peppermint. All of Dr. Bronner's products are "certified under the USDA National Program by Oregon Tilth. " Read about their organic details here.

Baking Soda is a cleaning legend. Remember the old baking soda boxes that promised baking soda did about a million things? Among other things, it is a great scrub and deodorant.

White vinegar. Vinegar is a mild acid which acts as a disinfectant, deodorant and dissolves that gooey stuff that accumulates on your shower doors. On top of that, the cost of white vinegar is minimal. A gallon of white vinegar will rarely cost more than a dollar. Full strength is great for mold control, but you can dilute it to use it for washing glass windows and counters, as long as they aren't marble. (Don't use vinegar on marble.) And don't worry that your house will smell like an Italian salad. The scent disappears quickly, and takes any lingering odors with it. And vinegar is about as natural as you can get.

Lemon Juice is another helpful acid, plus it smells great. Lemon juice dissolves soap scum and hard water deposits, or can be used as a scrub if you cut the lemon in half and use it with salt or soda as a scrub. lemon oil which is mostly in the peel, is great furniture polish.

And of course you can do some combining of baking soda and vinegar for aggressive solutions. Baking soda is a great scrub, combined with lemon or vinegar, also. Fledgeling mold won't stand up to the combination plus a little elbow grease. Once you're done scrubbing and cleaning, make sure everything is dry and there's no way the mold will come back to haunt you.
Written By:  staff 
Date Posted: 2007-10-04  

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