Moisture is crucial for the health of the respiratory system , which we can be sure of due to sore throat due to dry air. However, too much moisture is not desirable and can result in a variety of health problems . Below we present how to naturally get rid of excess moisture in your space.
Moisture is most commonly encountered in news or meteorological notices about the percentage of humidity in the air . During the summer months or rainy periods, the percentage of humidity is much higher than in winter. The reason is also the ability of the air to retain moisture or water.
Warm air has a greater ability to retain moisture, and therefore the water surfaces evaporate during the warm months. Cold air does not have this capability during the winter and many microbes are infectious for this reason .
More about the need humidification room to prevent the common cold or the flu during the cold months , read HERE .
Humidity in the air is not a particular problem for us, but the problem of humidity in the living space needs to be addressed as soon as possible. First of all, moisture is a problem for fungi and mold, which is by no means good for health. Constant inhalation of moisture can also cause serious respiratory problems .
Humid areas and rooms are attracted to fungi , and can be most easily seen in the bathroom, basements, ground floors in buildings with poor foundations , pools, and houses and buildings by the sea .
External indications for the presence of moisture are façade debris and moisture stains , while (especially in old buildings) the characteristic odor of moisture and mold will be felt.
Natural Moisture Solutions (Anti-fungal & mold remedy)
It is best to combat humidity by drying out the space or dehydrators and ventilating when the percentage of humidity in the air is low and temperatures are higher. In areas where you feel pain in the lungs when inhaling, it is necessary to draw out moisture well before permanent stay and to ensure good insulation .
Molds on walls or floors should be removed immediately to avoid the spread of toxic spores harmful to our health. In addition, mold can come in several colors : black, white, orange, green, or red.
Fungi on the walls – recipe:
- Tea Tree Essential Oil – 20 or more drops in 200 ml of water and a spray bottle can help remove mold. Spray the area and allow to dry and treat as needed.
- Eucalyptus essential oil – such as tea tree oil, a pleasant aroma and anti-fungal properties can help eliminate mold and fungi.
- Alcoholic or apple cider vinegar – mix vinegar and water in a 1: 4 ratio and treat the area, then allow it to dry and repeat. We recommend alcohol vinegar because of the smell.
- Rock salt – This salt is slightly more processed than normal table salt and draws moisture well to itself. Drill one bucket with several holes using a drill and place the drilled bucket in another intact bucket. Soak up the salt and leave the buckets in rooms where you want to reduce moisture, and when the bottom of the unburied bucket collects water, boil it and change the salt as needed.
- Alcohol – A natural but more dangerous way to read more in the following paragraphs.
- Baking soda – combined with equal water to vinegar ratios, more below.
Mold on the wall alcohol
As we noted in the previous paragraph, alcohol can also be useful in removing unwanted fungi and mold from the walls. Due to the odor of alcohol, it is recommended to use eucalyptus or tea tree antifungal essential oil for 2in1 action .
In two cups of water mix 1 teaspoon of methyl alcohol and 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil . Put the mixture in a spray bottle, spray on the affected walls or floors and allow to dry.
CAUTION: Methyl alcohol is toxic by inhalation, so be sure to wear a mask or cover your mouth / prevent inhalation . Prepare the mixture in a ventilated room and after treating the walls, do not enter the rooms until they are completely ventilated.
Baking soda against moisture
Baking soda is the most famous natural cleanser , removing odors, and many other ailments such as fungus on the feet . Read more about the various uses of baking soda.
In order to effectively remove mold and fungus from baking soda , it is recommended to make a paste of baking soda and vinegar (or half or half vinegar and water). Use alcohol vinegar if the aroma of apple cider vinegar does not suit you or you do not want it to remain on the premises too much because alcohol does not smell.
Paste is applied on walls affected by mold and allow it to dry . Don’t worry if the mixture foams , it’s a normal reaction of sour vinegar and alkaline baking soda. After drying, combine and repeat the mixture until the problem is eliminated.
Anti-mold agent in the bathroom
The bathroom is the area most commonly affected by fungi and can be seen in the corners of the ceiling or in the joints between the tiles. The usual color of the mold is black , but it can also be white, green, red, or orange .
The bathroom should be well ventilated after every shower or bath. If you do not have windows in the bathroom, install ventilation that will draw in moist and warm air. Also, wipe the walls and edges of the tub after bathing or showering so that water does not remain in the joints.
If none of the previous recipes produce the desired results, you can always try stronger agents that unfortunately contain more aggressive chemicals. The initial mold on the Domestos wall will be easy to remove, and chlorine- based products are effective .
Please note that it is not desirable to inhale such products, but to prevent chlorine-based products from contacting other cleaning agents due to the possibility of releasing toxic gases . Use only chlorine and plain water for safe use.
Mold for walls against mold
There are also wall paints and impregnation molds on the market . You can usually find them in home editing centers like Bauhaus, Singer, BauWelt, etc.
However, it is recommended to completely remove the mold and solve the moisture problem, and only then use paints or impregnation layers for the walls to prevent it . Otherwise you could just cover up the problem and let the fungus develop longer than desired.