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Are Your Allergies Being Caused by Mold? Here’s What to Do


Mold allergy symptoms can include asthma, watery eyes, a chronic cough, rashes, sinusitis, headaches, fatigue, and sneezing. A seasonal clean is an ideal way to prevent mold growth in your home.

Besides removing all visible signs of mold, prevent it occurring by keeping rooms well aired, says Tonia Crawford, manager of information services with the Asthma Foundation, Queensland and NSW. “Keep your house naturally ventilated and use extractor fans in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room.” 

If you’re allergic to mold you’ll want to:

  • Seal leaks in bathrooms and roofs
  • Clear gutters and blocked under-floor vents
  • Remove indoor pot plants
  • Avoid mowing lawns, working with garden compost, or mulch

As for removing mold, bleach can be used, but other remedies work well for disinfecting and cleaning mold. Try these:

  • Tea tree oil. A 3 percent solution or 2 teaspoons in a spray bottle with 2 cups of water. Shake before use.
  • An 80 percent white fermented vinegar solution. Apply the mixture, leave for at least 20 minutes then lightly sponge with clean water.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.

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