Mold is a sneaky fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae in places that provide it with the water and food it needs to grow. You won’t be surprised to find mold growing in bathrooms (particularly shower stalls), damp basements or behind drywall after a flood. But, it might surprise you that mold can grow in unexpected places where it’s barely noticeable.
We bring you a list of ten places where mold might be hiding in your home compiled by an English cleaning expert, courtesy of Country Living.
1. Your refrigerator
“Your refrigerator drip pans gather a lot of food spills and moisture over time,” says Harriet Jones, a cleaning and maintenance supervisor for Go Cleaners London. To clean the mold spray the drip pan with a hydrogen peroxide solution.
2. Your washing machine
“The gasket of the washing machine is a hotbed for mold because we rarely leave the door of the machine open after usage, so moisture stays trapped inside for long periods there for who knows how long,” Jones explains. If you notice mold, what you need to do is run a hot water wash with some chlorine bleach.
3. Your clothes
Also, if you leave wet clothes in the washing machine for too long, they are prone to become moldy. Clean them by washing them with laundry detergent first and when the washing machine fills up with water, add some bleach.
4. Your electric toothbrush
If you are using an electric toothbrush for a prolonged time, mold might grow between the head and the body of the brush. The American Dental Association recommends that you leave toothbrushes outside to air-dry instead of storing them in dark cabinets.
5. Your toilet
The wet and dark environment of a toilet tank is the perfect environment for mold to grow. Store-bought chemicals will help you get rid of it.
The last thing you want is your kids playing with moldy toys. After one Amazon reviewer bought a giraffe toy that had mold growing in it, she wrote: “Beware!! If you have a drooly baby, moisture will get in the hole and you’ll end up with mold!” Make sure you clean your children’s toys regularly.
7. Children’s cups
There were cases when people reported mold in their children’s cups. Always clean them thoroughly and make sure they are completely dry.
8. Your coffee maker
Your coffee maker is a common breeding ground for mold. That’s why you need to clean it with hot sudsy water and dry it completely.
9. Your cosmetics
Finding mold on your lip balm can be scary. If you discover it growing on your beauty products, the best thing would be to simply throw them away.
10. Your microwave
People are touching the microwave all the time and the germs we spread with our fingers get transferred and cause mold to develop. Always clean your microwave after warming up a saucy dish, even if there is no spillage visible, as miniature drips of sauce might cause the mold to grow later.
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