After discovering mold in your home, it is important that you treat this mold growth as soon as possible as mold can cause a variety of health problems, particularly in individuals who already suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions. However, if you are unfamiliar with mold treatment methods, you may be unsure what products you should use to clean the affected areas of your home. Additionally, if you are like a growing number of individuals, then you may be concerned about using harsh chemicals traditionally used in household cleaners --such as ammonia and chlorine-- due to the potential harm the fumes these products exude could have on your family. If this is the case, you may be interested to learn that there are natural, organic mold treatment options available that are made from plants and essential oils. When faced with mold in your home, here are just a few of the reasons you should consider using a natural cleaner such as RMR Botanical Cleaner and Treatment to treat your home.
A Natural Cleaner for your Home
While most mold treatment products use artificial chemicals to clean moldy surfaces, plant-based products rely on natural components including essential oils such as Thyme, Rosemary, and lemongrass. These oils are extracted from the flowers, bark, stems, roots, and leaves of various plants that have been known for centuries to have beneficial properties, and the oils from these plants are then concentrated and used as disinfectants. While essential oils are often seen as a form of alternative medicine, studies have also begun to show the potential of these oils as cleaning and disinfecting agents. Lemongrass, in particular, has been shown to have strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
A Healthier Option for Cleaning
For decades, most disinfectant and antifungal cleaning products have used harsh chemicals such as chlorine and even ammonia to clean and disinfect surfaces. However, these products can be dangerous to work with, even if you are careful in your handling of them. For instance, inhaling ammonia fumes even at low doses (which is often inevitable when cleaning) can cause severe side effects such as coughing, difficulty breathing, and burning of the eyes, nose, and throat. Prolonged exposure or direct contact with ammonia (such as getting it in your eyes or mouth) can lead to blindness, lung damage, or even death.
Alternatively, essential oils have been used for years as cleaning products and do not cause any adverse effects when the fumes from these oils are inhaled or when the oils come in contact with a person's skin. In fact, the scent of essential oils has been proven to promote relaxation and improve one's overall sense of wellbeing, which is why many massage therapists add essential oils to their massage oils and lotions. You will then not have to worry about the health effects your mold treatment product will have on you and your family if you choose a plant-based option, as there should be little risk of harm coming to you or a loved one from breathing in or touching these products.
Organic Cleaners Are Better for the Environment
By choosing a natural plant-based cleaning product you will be doing your part to help the environment and lower your household's carbon footprint. The fact is that most traditional cleaners are made of chemicals that are not biodegradable and are toxic to the environment. When you use these cleaners, fumes from these chemicals add to the depletion of the ozone layer, and residue from these products can seep into the earth and the water supply, potentially harming the surrounding wildlife. Alternatively, natural cleaners are often sustainable, biodegradable, and are seen as a more environmentally-friendly option.
Provides a Pleasant Aroma
While we previously mentioned that natural cleaners and mold treatments pose less risk as the fumes from these products are not harmful (unlike chemical-based products), it is interesting to note that not only are the fumes from essential oils fine to breathe, but they actually have a pleasant floral/herbal aroma. Rather than fighting with cleaners that have chemical, or clearly artificial, scents, you will enjoy cleaning with natural mold treatment products as you will be breathing in the fragrance of plants such as thyme, rosemary, and lemongrass. Rather than giving your house a sterile, industrial feel, plant-based mold treatments will give your home a natural aroma you will enjoy.
A Multi-Surface Cleaner
Another benefit natural cleaners have over traditional cleaners is that they are safe to use on almost any surface. If you have ever purchased traditional cleaners, then you are likely aware that the labels often say "for carpet" or "for tile and stone". These limitations can become costly if you have mold growing on multiple surface types, and there is also a risk that you may accidentally use the wrong product on the wrong surface. Alternatively, our plant-based product can be used on almost any surface in your house or boat including acrylic, carpet, concrete, fabric, faux leather, fiberglass, glass, metal, stone, tile, vinyl, and wood. No matter where you may discover mold in your home, a natural, organic cleaner will fit your needs.
A Proven Disinfectant
While many people are only now beginning to make the switch from chemical-based cleaners to more natural plant-based options, the fact is that people have been using plants and essential oils as cleaners and disinfectants for centuries. Additionally, while some people may be concerned that natural products are not as effective as chemical cleaners, recent studies have shown that essential oils such as thyme and lemongrass are as effective, and in some instances, more effective at treating fungus and bacteria than other treatment methods. Essential oils are proven disinfectants that will help to treat your mold problem, and clean your home, in a safe and easy manner.
After discovering mold in your home it can be difficult to know how to treat it considering the variety of products available to choose from. However, many of these products are made from harmful chemicals that can have negative effects on the environment as well as on the health of you and your family. Instead, consider using a natural organic cleaner that will be able to treat your mold problem effectively without any harmful effects. Contact us to learn more about organic mold treatments and the benefits they provide.