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'I grew up in a mouldy house that made me sick – this is how I keep a mould free home now'


Mould thrives in dark and damp areas. As winter rapidly approaches and the months get colder and gloomy, the fungus is sure to rapidly grow in homes. 

“Mould just needs enough moisture and 24 hours to grow” warns a wellness social media influencer. Mould is indiscriminate and can occur inside anyone’s property. 

Kali, ‘The Wellness Girly’, shares how her mum and dad were “healthy parents but they were not mould freaks” which caused her to grow up suffering from gut issues and food sensitivity problems due to mould, she claimed. 

Now, moving out of her parents’ house she feels healthier and has started her journey to becoming as mould-free as possible.  

From controlling your indoor humidity to not leaving your washing machine door open, the TikToker shares simple tricks to avoid the chances of mould.

Control your indoor humidity 

“Mould needs enough moisture to grow. You need to keep your humidity levels between 35 percent and 50 percent, any higher than that mould will grow.

“The first thing I did – I got these hydrometers, one for every floor of my home to measure the indoor humidity inside. If you have a really wide home then you might wanna get a few of these for every room just so you know which rooms are problematic. These things are so cheap.”

A hydrometer is used to determine specific gravity in liquids, such as identifying excess moisture in building materials which will often lead to higher humidity levels that increase the chances of mould.

The hydrometer will narrow down which areas of your house will likely produce mould so you can prevent it before it occurs. A hydrometer is easy to purchase with it retailing online for up to £10 and over.

A dehumidifier is a popular tool used to control humidity levels to decrease mould, however, Kali stated that it is better to use a hydrometer to know when and where to run a dehumidifier. 

Washing machines

Washing machines are a hotbox for moisture build up. Kali warned: “Don’t leave your clothes in the washing machine all day and when you’re done the cycle, leave the door of the washing machine open so that the machine can air it out and dry.

“Run the self-clean cycle at least once a month because lint will build up inside and it will grow mould.”

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are trapped spaces where condensation and humidity spikes. The TikToker urged: “Always run your fan when taking a shower, when I take a shower my indoor humidity spikes to 90!

“Make sure you hang your bath mat, and make sure you hang them to dry especially those with rubber underneath, they’re super susceptible to growing mould. Basically anything that’s wet for longer than 24 hours can grow mould, especially wet towels, make sure you dry your wet towels before putting them in your laundry hamper. I was very guilty for that one.”

Despite learning how to avoid repeating bad habits that will build up mould, Kali warns it is not possible to have a completely mould-free property. “Keep in mind it’s impossible to have zero mould in your home, mould is a part of nature. The goal is just to minimise it as much as possible so that it’s not at toxic levels, making you sick.” 

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