When mold spreads freely, it can produce allergens, irritants, and sometimes toxic substances that can be potentially dangerous if inhaled. As the colder weather sets in, many people may notice damp patches around their homes, which can encourage mold growth.
Australian TikTok home and lifestyle influencer Anita Birges shared a simple hack to prevent mold growth, especially in the bedroom, to her 58.6k followers. She described it as “the little anti-mould chalk hack that everyone should know about.”
The bedroom can absorb moisture due to high humidity levels that accumulate while you sleep, as well as hidden problems in the walls and structure of your property.
Since the average person sleeps in their bedroom for at least eight hours each night, it’s crucial that the space is safe and mold-free.
Anita points out that mold can grow not only on the walls in the bedroom, but also in closets, cupboards or even drawers if the conditions are right.
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In her video, she said: “Do you have mold in your drawers or in your bedroom? Do I have the best mold prevention hack for you? It’s about absorbing moisture.”
The absorption of moisture from the air can help keep walls and surfaces from getting wet and take away from the humid conditions in which mold thrives.
“All you have to do is get some Mega Chalk,” explains Anita.
While you may be most used to using Mega Chalk for crafting with the kids, the absorbent material is also great for soaking up excess moisture in the air.
Mega Chalk is available from Hobbycraft for just £3.00 for a pack of 12. Anita continued: “Grab some clove oil. Dab on three or a few drops of clove oil.
“The chalk absorbs the moisture and the clove oil keeps the mold from coming back.”
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Clove Oil is available from Boots for £2.99 for a 10ml bottle. The oil is often recommended for combating mold as it kills spores. Clove oil has antifungal properties and can be useful for removing small molds before they take hold and spread too far. You can also apply it directly to mold to remove stains.
Generally, a quarter teaspoon of clove oil to a quart of water is recommended to kill mold on most surfaces.
Stick the chalk stick in your drawers, closet or in a corner of your room. If your bedroom has particular problems, keep a chalk stick or two nearby to soak up the moisture.
Viewers applauded the hack in the comments, with one named Antoinette describing Anita as a “superwoman.” She added: “Wow, thanks for sharing.”
However, others pointed out that the smell of clove oil can be very “overpowering.” Luckily, there are a few other ways to keep mold under control in your home.
One of the easiest ways to prevent mold from growing in your home is to improve ventilation, especially in warm, humid rooms like the bathroom or kitchen. Even in the colder months, it is important to open the windows from time to time. Try opening your windows for a few hours on milder or sunnier days.
If you have an extractor hood in the kitchen or bathroom, you should also switch it on when cooking or showering.
And even if the cost of living crisis affects many households, switching on the heating can have a positive effect. By introducing low-level heating, the temperature of the internal surfaces increases. This reduces the cooling of humid air and thus reduces the risk of mould.
Along with the things you should do to stop mold, there are also a few things to try and avoid.
Hanging wet or damp laundry over radiators to dry can cause significant condensation, creating an ideal environment for mold spores.
You should also avoid cramming furniture into a small room with poor ventilation or pushing furniture against walls or windows.