5 Simple Ways to Prevent or Retard Mildew Growth

Mildew, also known as early stage mold, is a nasty little fungus that can cause a variety of health problems. These issues range from mild (scratchy throat, stuffy nose, coughing), to serious depending on the state of your immune system. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to prevent or clean up mildew if you know what to do. Here are a few simple tips for banishing this hazardous fungus:

  1. Never put anything away wet (laundry, camping gear, shower, ect,). Squeegee your shower and tub down after each use. Even better, take the time and dry the shower and tub completely after each use with a towel.
  2. Well-lit areas don’t agree with mildew. Light prevents its growth and can even kill it.
  3. Put packets of silica gel in small enclosed places, like drawers and shoes. The gel can absorb moisture and minimize mildew growth.  Larger, reusable bags of calcium chloride can be used for larger damp rooms or basements.
  4. Cleaning all mildew-prone areas with a disinfectant solution will slow down the mildew process.
  5. Proper ventilation helps prevent mildew growth. Keep your bathroom air vent on while you use the shower or tub and keep it on for at least ten minutes after. Open a window while showering.
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