When we think about mold, mildew, or even fungus typically our minds go to basements, bathrooms, or kitchens inside our home that are prone to extreme levels of moisture. But have you ever thought about the risks of mold growth within your car? Mold can develop inside your car depending on the conditions present inside the car such as heat, moisture, and lack of ventilation. When the warmer summer months come around, mold can become a real big issue as it presents the desirable conditions for growth and with the smallest intrusion of moisture inside the vehicle, you have created the optimal breeding ground for the potentially toxic fungi to inhabit.
There are two things that can be done to prevent the development of mold inside your car – cleaning your car and limiting moisture. Do not use your vehicle as a mobile trash can, this will draw in and invite the mold inside your car. Take out trash, particularly food from your car and be sure to vacuum your carpets regularly. An area in your car that tends to draw in and collect mold is your air conditioner, where a lot of moisture develops, in an effort to prevent mold growth replace the air filter in your vehicle frequently. Also, limit moisture inside your car by trying to keep it as dry as possible in the interior and if you experience a high level of humidity you can utilize bags of rice or silica gel to absorb the humidity and keep mold at bay.
Car Mold Remedies
Say you find mold growing in your car, you may be perplexed as to your next steps to getting rid of the mold. There are several remedies that are a go-to when dealing with mold but how do these methods work for eliminating mold in your car? We are going to compare the top methods for getting rid of mold in your car and removing the mold smell in car!
Mix together warm water and dish soap until it has a good lather, then apply it to the affected area. Do not, however, saturate the area with water. Scrub the carpet and upholstery and use a towel to dry the area. Although this will clean off the mold from the surface, it will not remove the VOCs which are the toxic components of mold.
Another mold fighting remedy is the use of baking soda. Put ¼ tablespoon of baking soda in a spray bottle mixed with water and apply the solution on the surface. Scrub the area, working in the baking soda solution. Use hot water to dampen the surface to wipe away everything that was scrubbed away.
An alternative for a stronger mold-fighter is vinegar. Use distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and cover the area with a though spraying. Allow it to sit on the surface for an hour. Use a rag with hot water to scrub the surface.
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EnviroKlenz has developed a patented earth mineral technology that is able to remove the harmful mold-generated VOCs from the surface. The EnviroKlenz Everyday Odor Eliminator is the ideal solution for eliminating mold from your car, the simple application makes it easy to completely neutralize and eliminate mold.