Do you suffer allergy symptoms inside your home?
We often go about our daily lives thinking that we are doing everything possible to stay healthy and keep our families healthy, but we often overlook a very obvious source and cause of many allergy and respiratory problems.
In our modern, air tight homes, it’s very common to find mildew growing around our windows and around sinks and bathtubs. It looks like black dirt, but it’s not simple dirt. Those black spots are actually small fungi which produce spores and release them into the air.
Those spores are the cause of much heartbreak when they cause allergic symptoms such as breathing problems, itchy eyes, rashes and even asthma.
This problem is much worse in the winter when we often leave our windows closed for months at a time, causing poor air circulation.
In these first days of Spring, it’s so great to do a good cleaning, so make sure you deal with these pesky plants.
As you are washing the interior of your windows, hopefully with vinegar and water, just take a cloth soaked in full-strength Natura tea-tree oil cleaner and run it along the base of the window, where the mildew is most likely growing. Then scrub it off with an old toothbrush. Wipe off the residue and you’re done! The tea-tree oil in the cleaner is a natural, safe alternative to bleach with fantastic anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities. It is available at Home Hardware.
In your bathroom, if the tea-tree oil cleaner doesn’t deal with the mildew, you must replace the caulking. Use a flat-bladed screwdriver to lift out the old caulk and replace it with new, acrylic bathtub caulking. This is much easier to work with and less toxic than silicone caulking.