Mold can sneak into every nook and cranny of your house and yard. We've got hacks for cleaning out—and keeping out!—even the toughest of spots.
Keep mold out of your space with these easy hacks.
Guard Against Mold and Mildew
Have a stash of broken white candles that you’ve been wondering what to do with? It may not be the romantic image you had in mind when you bought the candles, but rubbing the wax onto your bathroom grout will help protect it from growing mold, mildew, and other stains.
Get Glistening Again
If your bathtub grout is looking more gloomy-gray than like-new bright white, mildew and mold are the likely disgusting (and dangerous) culprits. To fight these bathroom foes, try this ultra-potent cleaning trick. Pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Dry the tub area completely, then spray with the peroxide and let it get to work. Wait a bit, then hit the grimy grout with an old toothbrush. This will take a little elbow grease and maybe a few attempts, but your tub will be back to prime form in no time!
Bring in the Charcoal
Hide a charcoal briquette somewhere in your bathroom to absorb foul odors. Charcoal absorbs moisture, which will also help stop mold and mildew buildup in the bathroom. Be sure to use briquettes that haven’t been soaked in lighter fluid, and enjoy your newly odor-free bathroom!
A Mildew-Free Deck
If your deck is covered with mildew, try spraying the wood with straight vinegar. Leave it for an hour or so, then rinse off. The acid in the vinegar kills mold and mildew, and will help get your deck clean.
Another option is to use hydrogen peroxide: Spray on, let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Gleaming Garden Furniture
Vinegar works on your patio furniture to keep it looking fresh and new. Spray it on and let it sit for a few hours before wiping down with a damp cloth. The vinegar spray will also get rid of any mold or bacteria that’s already taken up residence.
To keep melons from getting moldy as they ripen, rub the exterior rind with a teaspoon of full-strength vinegar every few days.
See also: Mold and Your Health
Shake Up Your Pineapple
Did you know that the natural sugars in pineapple have a tendency to settle on the bottom of the fruit? If you don’t dig into that pineapple soon enough, you may find mold form on the bottom. For longer storage, slice off the leaves and turn the fruit upside down on the counter. Flip which side is up every other day or so. That way, the sugars will be evenly distributed throughout the entire pineapple.
Simple Mold Fighter
It is always a good idea to line the crisper bins of your refrigerator with newspaper or a few paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Mold spores love moisture, but the paper will keep it away.
Sweet Cheese Tip
Cheese will stay mold-free longer if placed in a sealed plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Wrap it in a cloth dampened in white vinegar.
Add three or four sugar cubes, which will attract any mold if some does form.
Revive Moldy Cheese
Believe it or not, cheese with a little mold on it is still perfectly safe to eat once you remove the offending areas. The easiest way to do this is to take a knife, dip it in vinegar, and slice the mold off. Dip the knife in vinegar after each slice—it kills the mold and prevents it from coming back.
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