5 Effective Ways to Remove Dampness in Your Home

· January 25, 2018
As well as eliminating bacteria, tea tree oil is very good for damp, as it slows the growth of fungi such as mold and protects surfaces

There are some places in our home which, unfortunately, attract moisture and mold. Low ventilation, continuous contact with water and building materials are some of the factors which contribute towards overall dampness at home.

As a result, we can see black spots on walls and corners and sometimes we can see that the paintwork deteriorates.

Also, since it creates an ideal environment for mites, fungi, and bacteria, these can cause the appearance of skin allergies and respiratory problems.

Luckily, there are some natural solutions which help to neutralise dampness and improve the appearance of the places affected and, in turn, prevent any related health problems.

In the space below, we share the 5 best options which you’ll be sure to try at home.

Read on!

1. Bicarbonate of Soda

Known for its whitening, deodorant, and antibacterial properties, bicarbonate of soda is one of the best products for fighting moisture in the home.

Its absorbent compounds help to eliminate mold and also neutralise odours and stains on the walls.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. of bicarbonate of soda (30 g)
  • 2 tbsps. of hydrogen peroxide (20 ml)

Preparation

  • Pour the bicarbonate of soda into a container and then mix it with the hydrogen peroxide.

How to use it

  • Apply the resultant paste on the damp spots and scrub them with a brush to remove.
  • Use this at least 2 or 3 times a week.

2. Sea salt

Due to its absorbent capacity, sea salt is ideal for eliminating dampness that usually affects enclosed spaces.

Its compounds disinfect, fight odours, and reduce the formation of mold spots.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsps. of sea salt (30 g)
  • 5 drops of lavender oil

Preparation

  • Put the sea salt into small bags or on small dishes and add the lavender oil.

How to use it

  • Put the bags or dishes in enclosed spaces, such as cupboards.
  • Leave them inside for 2 or 3 weeks and then change them.

3. Borax

Borax is a cleaning product that has gained fame in recent years. It’s less aggressive than bleach and, thanks to its anti-fungal properties, it works to remove mold that builds up on walls and tiles at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. of borax (10 g)
  • 5 cups of water (1250 ml)

Preparation

  • Put on some gloves before handling the borax and then dilute it in the cups of water.

How to use it

  • Spray the mixture on the areas you wish to clean, leave it act for 30 or 40 minutes and remove the excess with an absorbent cloth.
  • Repeat this at least once a week.

4. White vinegar

White vinegar is a multi-purpose, ecological, and antibacterial product that we can use for many tasks in the home.

Its natural acids help stop the growth of mold on the wall and also neutralises the unpleasant smell of dampness.

It can be used on bathtubs, tiles, toilets and many other humid spaces.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of white vinegar (125 ml)
  • ¼ cup of water (62 ml)

Preparation

  • Dilute the white vinegar in the water and store the solution in a spray bottle.

How to use it

  • Shake the product before use and spray it on the moisture spots in your home.
  • Let it air to dry, or remove the excess with a cloth.
  • If the stains are difficult, apply the vinegar undiluted.
  • Use it as part of your general cleaning routine, at least 3 times a week.

5. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has become a natural cleaning solution, not only because it kills bacteria, but because it slows the growth of mold and helps protect surfaces.

It’s ideal for cleaning damp areas of the home such as the bathroom, although it can also be used for cabinets, windows and doors.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps. of tea tree oil (30 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Dilute the tea tree oil in a cup of water.
  • Put the mixture in a spray bottle for easier use.

How to use it

  • Spray the solution on the tiles, the tub and any other damp places.
  • Leave it to act for a couple of minutes and remove the excess with a sponge or cloth.
  • Repeat this 2 or 3 times a week.

Have you got dampness seeping into your walls, and a bad smell in the house? If you can see mold growing in your home, try some of the solutions above and get rid of it before it causes problems.