GETTING rid of mold doesn’t have to be super complicated.
In fact, all you need is an item commonly found in classrooms and your child’s toy box: chalk.
Anita Birges, who describes herself as a “decluttering superhero, professional organizer, and property stylist,” shared that jumbo sticks of blackboard chalk and pure clove oil are all you need to prevent mold from growing in dark places like drawers and boxes.
Taking to social media, she shared “the best mold prevention hack,” saying: “It’s all about absorbing moisture, all you need to do is get yourself some mega chalk and clove oil.
“Dab a couple of drops of clove oil and you put them in your drawer. Mold, mold, go away!”
When someone asked her to explain why this combination work, she revealed: “The chalk absorbs the moisture and the clove oil prevents the mold from coming back.”
However, if you already have mold, you’ll want to use vinegar to get rid of it.
Healthline recommended getting to the root of the problem to be sure you’re getting rid of what caused the moisture in the first place.
Using safety goggles and gloves, transfer undiluted vinegar to an empty spray bottle and use it to spritz it directly onto the surface covered in mold.
Let the vinegar sit for about an hour, then pick up a brush, and scrub the moldy area until there is no longer any residue.
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Lastly, dry the entire surface with a clean cloth before getting rid of it completely.
Using the rag again will spread the mold to other surfaces.
However, the one thing you never want to use when trying to combat mold is bleach, as it can actually create an environment where more will grow.
Bleach only gets rid of the color, not the actual issue.