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Q. I recently learned that we have a serious mold problem in our basement and attic. It’s mostly confined to old cardboard boxes and the insulation paper. Our insurance doesn’t cover mold damage and we can’t afford to hire professionals, so I’m looking for an environmentally safe way to kill the mold and stop it from coming back. Right now I’m using a mixture of water, vinegar, baking soda, borax and a few drops of eucalyptus citriodora essential oil to wash the woodwork, plaster walls, and concrete floor. For the attic, I’m considering using a “mold-bomb” fumigant, which is claimed to be safe, but I’m concerned about the health effects of the chemicals used to kill the mold.
Green with fungi,
A. Dearest Eric,
In a horror movie, right now we’d all be screaming, “No, Eric! Don’t go into the basement! Or the attic!” Alas, this is real life, and you must face your fuzzy green invaders head-on to prevent the mold from spreading. Otherwise, it could pose a slew of troubling respiratory complications for you and your family before it takes over the house.
The good news: It is often possible to tackle mold cleanup jobs yourself, depending on their size and severity.