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Do Away With Mildew

Put newspaper under car mats in snowy weather to absorb moisture.

Remove mildew on wood patio furniture by combining 1 c. ammonia, 1/2 c. vinegar, 1/4 c. baking soda and 1 gallon water. Wipe onto furniture and rinse.

Clean mildew around the tub area by placing cotton balls soaked with bleach in each corner. Clean the inside of the tub as normal. Remove cotton balls from corners and rinse.

Discourage mildew by leaving shower doors or curtains open after a shower. Before getting into the shower, spray the inside with mildew cleaner. Scrub while you shower.

To clean mildew on carpets: Vacuum carpet and throw away the bag. Combine 1/2 tsp. liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 c. warm water. Sponge onto area and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and blot with white paper towels. Combine 2 tbsp. ammonia with 1 c. warm water. Blot area with white paper towels. Air dry.

To get shower curtains really clean add 1 c. vinegar to the water when laundering.

Keep closets dry and protect clothes from mildew. Tie several pieces of chalk together and hang them from a hook inside the closet.

Garments with mildew spots should be soaked in vinegar for several hours before laundering.

Mildew inside a tent can be scrubbed with 1 tsp. detergent-free soap and 1 c. water. Next, sponge the tent with disinfectant and air out the canvas.

Remove excess moisture with constant air movement and good ventilation. When the air outside is drier than inside, ventilation lets dry air enter, pick up moisture and carry it outside. When normal breezes are not sufficient, use electric fans placed in a window, set

in a wall or vented to the attic to move air.

Put newspaper under car mats in snowy weather to absorb moisture.

Cool air holds less moisture than warm air. One of the benefits of an installed air conditioning system is that is removes moisture from the air by taking up warm air, cooling it and circulating the cool, dry air back into the room.

Tip: Attach a humidistat to the unit to control the humidity.

Prevent mildew by spraying an antibacterial product on the damp side of wallpaper before hanging it.

Dirt on hard surfaces such as paint, tile or wood resembles the discolouration caused by mildew. To figure out if the spot is dirt or mildew, put a few drops of chlorine bleach on the surface. Mildew will be bleached within two minutes. Dirt will not bleach

In a closed space such as a closet, mildew can be controlled. Use a continuously burning 60-watt bulb in a large closet to raise the temperature (which in turn lowers humidity). A smaller bulb can be hung in a small enclosure.

When mildew grows on grout, start by applying bleach with an old toothbrush to remove the mildew colour. However, don’t stop there. The fungus will grow back unless you treat the source. Ammonia will kill the fungus. After cleaning the grout with bleach, rinse the area with water. Next morning, use a sponge and gloves to apply ammonia. This will kill the spores. Rinse and let dry.

Reena Nerbas is a professional speaker and the author of three national bestsellers, Household Solutions 1 with Substitutions, Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets and Household Solutions 3 with Green Alternatives. Books and Household Solutions 1, 2 and 3 Cooking/Cleaning Gift Packs are available online or by calling: 204-320-2757. I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming! Check out my website:

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