Thursday, February 22, 2018

Deadline Nears to Apply For ISSA Foundation Scholarships

Deadline Nears to Apply For ISSA Foundation ScholarshipsDid you know the ISSA Foundation provides more than 60 scholarships each year? Last year, the program granted more than US$170,000 in scholarships. All employees of ISSA-member companies... Read more

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Newell Brands Adds to Board

Newell Brands, Inc., parent company of Rubbermaid Commercial Products, has expanded its board of directors with the addition of two executives. James Craigie and Debra Crew have been named... Read more

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Search Begins For the Best Public Restroom in UK

Nominations are now being accepted for the 31st-annual Loo of the Year contest. Founded in 1987, the annual contest recognizes the best public restrooms in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The... Read more

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DIY: Natural Mold-Killing Laundry Detergent

Most homes are teeming in the thousands, if not millions, of various types of mold spores and any location that offers adequate moisture will provide it the perfect home. Laundry rooms especially provide the key ingredients to what makes mold grow: moisture, decaying organic material (soiled laundry), warmth, and usually no direct sunlight. Thus, it is not uncommon to find mold on clothes.

Mold On Clothes

The reason clothing is so susceptible to mold growth is not just because of the mold-inviting circumstances within the laundry room. Generally, when it is worn, clothing collects sweat and skin cells, as well as dirt and other forms of moisture and organic material that mold loves to feast on. Then, it is placed in the laundry hamper and usually sits for days before it it is finally washed. This scenario is typical and may not result in a noticeable mold infestation, but should the soiled laundry be allowed to fester long enough, a mildew smell may be present, as well as visible signs of green, blue, gray, black, or sometimes even white mold on clothes.

Another scenario is becoming more common due to busy lifestyles and poor habits. The quick development of mold on clothes after washing may be surprising to some, but it is quite an ordinary occurrence for those with overwhelmed schedules or those who are vulnerable to procrastination because they often forget to remove clothing from the washing machine once the cycle is finished. As time passes, this leads to the rapid proliferation of mildew and mold on clothes after washing, due to the remaining moisture. Neglecting to put the wet clothes in the dryer for a few hours is not what makes mold grow. Neglecting the clothes in the washer for 6 hours or longer–sometimes a day or even a few days–is the problem. Before too long, a mildew smell will be detected in the washer and clothing. Some assume this is the residue of soap, and while that may be true to some extent, the fact of the matter is that most soaps contains lard and other organic (even synthetic) materials that mold can thrive off of. The smell is not necessarily the residue of soap, but an indication that mold is producing a secondary metabolite–the mildew smell–from consuming that soap.

In rare cases, those suffering from diabetes (teamed with Candida yeast) or any illness caused by mold will display symptoms of mold sickness. One of those signs of mold sickness reveals itself in the victim’s clothing. Mold infection victims typically have high levels of sugar throughout their system. Therefore, one of their mold sickness symptoms is to release small levels of sugar through their pores and onto their clothing. This is the body’s desperate way of detoxing from sugar overload and ridding itself of what makes mold grow. If the clothing is not properly laundered right away, whatever types of mold spores are present in the home will find a most-welcoming habitat.

Whether the growth of mold on clothes is due to poor habits of leaving wet laundry in the moisture-trapping environment of the washing machine or it is due to the preexisting health problems caused by mold or mildew, a preventative and corrective strategy must be adopted. The first step is to end neglectful behavior in the laundry room. This could include routine mold prevention in the washing machine, such as MoldBlogger’s very own mold removal technique. The second step is to invest in a do-it-yourself mold killing laundry detergent recipe, such as the one below.

Mold Killing Laundry Detergent

Needed Items

Metal mixing spoon (or whisk)

Knife & safe cutting surface

Food processor (or cheese grater & glass bowl)

(50-60 oz.) Glass storage container with wide open mouth and secure lid

1 Tablespoon (preferably metal or glass) to leave permanently in the container


  • Two 5 oz. organic castile soap bars (naturally-scented with lavender or peppermint is great but non-scented works just the same)
  • 3 cups of washing soda (no, it’s not the same as baking soda)
  • 2 cups of borax
  • 30 drops of  certified-pure lavender essential oil (optional but highly advisable for a mold killing laundry detergent)

Other anti-fungal essential oils can be substituted for lavender, depending upon smell preference. Lemon, wild orange, tea tree or melaleuca, peppermint, or even white fir are all pleasant-smelling but potent ingredients for a mold killing laundry detergent.


  1. Cut the castile soap bars into small pieces or chunks. (This is crucial to avoid damaging the food processor.)
  2. Place the cut castile soap pieces or chunks in the food processor bowl. Pulse the soap on high until what remains are large crumbs.
  3. Add the washing soda to the food processor and pulse for 1 minute. (After pulsing, all the ingredients should be in powder form and well-combined. If not, try running the food processor again and then mixing with a spoon.)
  4. Empty the washing soda and castile soap into the storage container. Add the borax and blend well with a spoon.
  5. Add the essential oils of choice (optional but beneficial) and be sure to mix well.

Note: If no food processor is available, a cheese grater and a glass or porcelain bowl will suffice. Just be sure to mix the ingredients well with a spoon or even a whisk.


For traditional, top-loading washing machines: use 2 tablespoons.

For more modern, front-loading washing machines: use only 1 tablespoon.

Do not place the soap in the laundry soap drawers/dispensers. Instead, add this DIY natural mold killing laundry detergent directly in the wash basin with the clothes.

How Do These Ingredients Kill and Prevent Mold on Clothes?

Castile Soap: Castile soap is a plant-based concentration of olive oil, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide lye flakes, and distilled water. While it is a aggressive against fungi and very effective against dirt, grease, and other harmful microbials, it is gentle on sensitive skin types.

  • Olive oil: Olive oil is an effective mold killer because it contains an antioxidant known as hydroxytyrosol that damages the cell walls of various type of mold and yeast (specifically Candida albicans).
  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil contains lauric and caprylic acids that are extremely aggressive toward fungi and bacteria. In most studies, coconut oil completely obliterates mold growth, spores, and prevents regrowth.
  • Potassium hydroxide lye flakes: Potassium hydrozide lye flakes are best at preventing the growth of mold on clothes because it manipulates the pH of whatever substance or material it comes in contact with. Mold is very sensitive to changes in pH.
  • Distilled water: Distilled water may not kill mold but because the process of distillation results in a water that lacks microbial contaminants, it’s the best choice for any anti-fungal soap.

Making castile soap in bulk is easy and inexpensive, but to skip the extra work, a popular and affordable castile soap that is available at most stores is the Dr. Bronner’s brand.

Washing Soda: Washing soda, or sodium carbonate, is a highly-alkaline solvent. A solvent is able to dissolve other substances, such as mold. In fact, professional mold remediation services will use “soda blasting” as a means to dissolve and kill mold.

Washing soda is mainly available through the Arm & Hammer brand and should be easy to locate in most super stores. Do not confuse it with baking soda, which will render any mold killing laundry detergent recipe useless as a cleaning agent.

Borax: Borax, or sodium tetraborate, is a natural white mineral and salt powder compound derived from boron. It’s ability to make a substance or material into a mold-resistant and mold-killing environment makes it the most essential ingredient in any mold cleaner or mold killing laundry detergent.

Note: Borax is often mistaken for boric acid, which is extremely toxic and should not be added to household cleaners. Be informed and don’t miss out on such a cheap, effective, and versatile ingredient that is vital in most mold killing solutions just because some misread information and mistakenly believe that borax and boric acid are the same thing.

Essential Oils: While they are optional in this mold killing laundry detergent recipe, MoldBlogger highly recommends their use. Essential oils are plant-based and all plants contain various potency levels of anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antioxidal, and even insecticidal compounds as a means of self-defense and self-preservation against foreign invaders and rot and decay. They’re the perfect addition to any mold cleaner or mold killing laundry detergent and very effectual against all types of mold.


Whether clothes have been made susceptible to mold growth because of poor laundry habits or a preexisting mold infection within the body, there is always a natural and safe solution available. MoldBlogger’s DIY Natural Mold-Killing Laundry Detergent recipe is a quick, easy, and economical option that can prevent the growth of mold on clothes and assuage the health problems caused by mold and mildew.


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About the Author: Amanda Demsky is the mother and personal chef of two boys, the domestic technician of a three-bedroom desert home, and occasionally, a freelance writer and editor. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @fullquiver777

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

OSHA Honors Cintas Florida Facility for Safety

OSHA Honors Cintas Florida Facility for SafetyCintas Corp.’s Pembroke Pines, FL, uniform rental facility has received the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star worksite designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... Read more

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ISS Secures $115 Million Deal With Denver Airport

ISS Secures $115 Million Deal With Denver AirportISS has been awarded a US$115 million integrated facility services contract with Denver International Airport in Denver, CO. The five-year contract calls for ISS to provide janitorial services to... Read more

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Diversey Donates to Charlotte Charity

Diversey Donates to Charlotte CharityDiversey recently donated nearly US$400,000 worth of cleaning products to Classroom Central in Charlotte, NC. Diversey’s donation included more than 2,000 cases of microfiber cloths and 970... Read more

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LCS Companies Names New Client Service Manager

LCS Companies has appointed Brian Bundy client service manager. Bundy has been with LCS Companies for more than six years. In his new position, Bundy will serve as the main point of contact... Read more

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brady Appoints Director of Supply Chain Management

Brady Appoints Director of Supply Chain ManagementBrady Industries, Inc. has appointed Scott Schleifman to the newly created position of corporate director of supply chain management. Schleifman has more than a decade of supply chain... Read more

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Dawnchem Names Apex Top Rep for 2017

Dawnchem, Inc. recently presented its 2017 Rep of the Year Award to Dan Murnen of Apex Dawnchem’s annual award honors the efforts and performance of the company’s manufacturer... Read more

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EBP Supply Honors Spartan Chemical

Spartan Chemical Co. has been named EBP Supply Solutions’ 2017 Jansan Supply Partner of the Year. EBP Solutions bases its annual award on a field sales survey as well as other variables such... Read more

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Ecolab Reports 4th-Quarter Profit Increase

Ecolab Reports 4th-Quarter Profit IncreaseEcolab, Inc. has declared a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of US$406.7 million, or $1.39 per share, up 11 percent from $368.2 million, or $1.25 per share, one year earlier. The company reported... Read more

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Mitie Lands Deal With Heathrow Airport

Mitie Lands Deal With Heathrow AirportMitie Group Plc has been awarded a facilities management services contract with Heathrow Airport in London, England. The deal calls for Mitie to provide engineering, maintenance, pest... Read more

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Most Dangerous Molds

If you’ve discovered or suspect you have mold in your home or workplace, the next most common question is “is it dangerous?” Not all molds are created equal. Some are considered toxic mold while others are less of a hindrance. While no mold is good in the home or workplace, there are some types of mold that fall into the “most dangerous molds” category. That is what today’s blog post will cover. These are the molds that will cause the most harm to your home and/or your body, especially with long term exposure.

The most dangerous molds are considered “toxic” and can be considered deadly or harmful to humans. Many people believe that toxic mold is one type of mold, but in fact, there are hundreds of species of mold that can be extremely harmful to the human body. Black mold is the most commonly known name of toxic mold among the public. Black mold is named simply because of its color and appearance. However, it should be known that toxic mold can appear in any color.

Where do the most dangerous molds grow?

The most dangerous molds grow in the same areas that all mold grow in. Any place is that is dark and accumulates moisture is a potential area for mold to grow. It can grow on just about any organic surface in your home or place of work as long as the conditions are right. Moisture sources can be anything from high humidity to a flood. Most common moisture sources are from leaks in the home that allow water from outside to come inside.

Because there are thousands of mold species in our world, it is nearly impossible to remove them all. We are exposed to molds every day since it grows inside and outside. Mold has its place in nature. But we can and should keep our homes from becoming a breeding ground, especially to the most dangerous molds.


The Most Dangerous Molds

Toxic molds fall into five categories. Those categories are Penicilium, Fusarium, Stachybotrys, Aspergillus and Cladosporium. Each category includes many species of mold, and they have a wide variety of harmful qualities. Symptoms range from allergy type reactions to deadly illnesses. All five of these categories can grow indoors and be found in our homes. It can grow in sneaky places such as in your basement, under your carpet and inside your walls.


Stachybotrys is an extremely dangerous fungus, also known as “black mold”. Mold species under this genus produce mycotoxins wherever they are disturbed, which can cause a long list of serious infections. They usually grow on materials that contain cellulose and that have remained damp for a long period of time. Such surfaces include cardboard and gypsum board, ceiling tiles, wood, and other organic materials.

Stachybotrys has also been linked to severe illness in young infants. Those people with compromised immune systems, small children, and the elderly are highly susceptible to illness when they come in contact with this species of mold. Some symptoms associated with exposure to Stachybotrys include (but are not limited to):
– respiratory issues
– nasal and sinus congestion
– eye irritation
– a sore throat
– cough
– chronic fatigue
– central nervous system issues
– aches and pains


There are about 200 known species of Penicillium molds that are found in the air or the soil. Their main purpose is to cause food and other perishable goods to spoil, and their presence usually indicates high moisture levels in the environment. Indoors, they will cling to various damp surfaces, such as walls and wallpapers, floors, and carpets. Colors range from blue and yellow to green and white.

These mold families have been connected to illnesses such as nail fungus, asthma, and also infections of the lungs, liver, and kidneys.


Cladosporium is a very common mold and is one that falls into the most dangerous mold category. This genus comes in green, brown, gray, or black colors and is comprised of around 40 species. Common gathering spots include painted walls, wood, carpets, wallpapers and other damp organic surfaces.

Chronic cases of Cladosporium may produce pulmonary edema and emphysema.


Fusarium springs to life even at lower temperatures and is most often spotted growing on water-damaged carpeting and fabrics. Its prolonged presence can cause mild allergic reactions, asthma, and severe respiratory conditions. It is often orange in color.

Fusarium may cause some types of gastrointestinal illnesses and has been linked to some illnesses which affect the female reproductive system.


The least serious of the most dangerous mold groups, the Aspergillus mold family consists of almost 200 species. Only 16 of those cause illness in humans, none of which are fatal if treated. The mold is yellow-greenish in color and often encountered indoors. Neglecting its presence can lead to respiratory infections or may even cause inflammation of the lungs – a condition known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Toxic molds produce chemicals during their natural growth that are classified as toxins or poisons. The types that have been found to have profound effects on human health, are given the label of “toxic mold.”


We share a world with mold, and there is nothing we can do about it. Mold is here to stay, but we can keep it out of our homes and other areas that we are exposed to. There are thousands and thousands of types of mold. The categories covered today are known to be the most dangerous molds or toxic molds. They can be dangerous if they are allowed to grow inside the home or if we are exposed to them long term. We should always take the proper precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones by eliminating environments which molds grow. If you do find mold in your home, you will need to identify which type of mold you are dealing with so that you can take the correct steps to remediate and remove it. Contacting a professional mold remediation company can help you determine if you have one of the most dangerous molds and guide you in the proper treatment.



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Friday, February 16, 2018

OSHA Renews Partnership With IWCA

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA). As part of the five-year agreement, OSHA and IWCA... Read more

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Triple S Appoints Keen Umbehr VP

Triple S Appoints Keen Umbehr VPTriple S has appointed Keen Umbehr II vice president of business development. Umbehr joins Triple S from National Independent Sanitary Supply Companies (NISSCO), LLC. Umbehr had been with NISSCO... Read more

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DowDuPont Announces Quarterly Dividend

DowDuPont, Inc. has declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.38 per share. The dividend is payable March 15 to DowDuPont shareholders of record at the close of business February 28. This marks the... Read more

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Weekly Product Showcase February 16, 2018

Weekly Product Showcase February 16, 2018Stay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. Tandem Toweling Cascades Pro Tandem Electronic Hybrid dispenser’s extended battery life and stub roll... Read more

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

How to Remove Mold from a Washing Machine

Whether top-load or front-load, new or used, every washing machine provides an ideal habitat for mold. The high moisture content in both the machine and the resulting atmosphere, the typical poorly-ventilated laundry room with its stale warm air, and the continual supply of decomposing organic material provided by soiled laundry all contribute to an environment conducive to mold growth and its accompanying mildew smell.

Don’t wait until you experience that distinct mold odor. Because of such steady, mold-welcoming conditions, it is important to be consistent in regular maintenance. Cleaning a machine that appears to clean itself during each use might seem a little superfluous, but even washing machines could use a good wash from time to time.

Materials Needed

  • White vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)
  • A natural all-purpose mold killing solution
  • A cleaning rag (or sponge)
  • Q-Tips or unwanted toothbrush

How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Washer

Step 1: The Exterior

Use vinegar or the all-purpose mold killing solution (along with the rag or sponge) to wipe down the exterior of the machine. This will remove the more visible grime, such as dust and oily fingerprints. (Both organic sources provide floating mold spores with a tantalizing invitation to congregate and colonize.)

Step 2: The Top Lid or Front-Load Door and Rubber Door Seal

Make sure to clean the inside of the top lid (or front-load door), as well as wipe clean any nooks and crannies along the opening (this is where the toothbrush comes in handy). For front-load washers, the rubber door seal will need extra care in order to ensure the removal of mold and mildew. Gently pull back on the rubber stripping and use vinegar or the all-purpose mold killing solution (along with the toothbrush). Even if no mildew or scum is visible, Step 2 is necessary in the prevention of mold growth.

Step 3: The Bleach and Fabric Softener Dispensers

If possible, remove the bleach and fabric softener dispensers. Wash them in a sink and then dry them thoroughly. Before returning them to the machine dry, use the toothbrush and vinegar to scrub around the opening where they belong.

Step 4: The Interior or Tub

2 cups vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)

Pour the suggested amount of vinegar or lemon juice into the washer. Run the machine for a complete cycle on the longest, hottest setting. This will remove the mold odor and milder smell, as well as stains and the build-up of detergents. Note: Hard water causes mineral deposits all throughout washing machines. The acid in the vinegar or lemon juice will help break up and remove them. (A thorough clean up of mold from the interior of the washer may involve several repeats of Step 4.)

Step 5: Clean Up of Mold Remover Tools

Only use rags, sponges, or used toothbrushes that won’t be missed afterward since everything, except the mold cleaning products and glass spray bottle, needs to be tossed in the trash. If, however, mold was not encountered during the exterior washing and the cleaning around the lid (or door), then these items do not need to be thrown away.

Why is vinegar useful in the removal of mold and mildew?

Vinegar is a mild acid that is capable of killing over 82% of mold species. It is also natural and won’t cause further harm to a mold-infested home or sufferer. Of all the mold cleaning products, vinegar is the most economical choice and what’s more, it is not only an effective mold killer, it is also an excellent preventative of new mold growth. This is why vinegar—for the purpose of the mold removal process—should never be diluted or washed off after the clean up of mold. In fact, after the removal of mold and mildew is complete, it would be ideal to apply another coat of vinegar to ensure an infestation does not return.

Helpful Tip: Keep undiluted vinegar in a glass spray bottle. This is will ensure its lasting potency and allow for easy use as a mold control spray. Also, do not mix borax—an ingredient within MoldBlogger’s DIY natural all-purpose mold removal spray—with vinegar. The two will cancel out each other’s potency.

Why is fresh lemon juice useful in the removal of mold and mildew?

Like vinegar, fresh lemon juice is a mildly acidic mold killer. It is not recommended as a mold removal spray in this case, however, because its purpose in the washing machine mold removal process is best suited for the interior of the machine (during a wash cycle), due to its ability to break down substances within the tub and pipes that encourage mold growth. It is also an effective deodorizer of the mildew smell.

Helpful Tip: To remove tough scum build-up within the bleach and fabric softener dispensers, mix lemon juice and salt and liberally apply (pour or spray) that mixture to the affected area. Let sit about 10 minutes before scrubbing with an old, used toothbrush.

Why is a natural all-purpose mold killing solution useful in the removal of mold and mildew?

Most commercial mold removal products and mold cleaning products are heavily-laden with chemicals that are oftentimes more hazardous than the mold they were designed to destroy. When it comes to cleaning mold, the less toxins the better, which is why we at MoldBlogger suggest trying our own DIY mold removal spray. The recipe includes borax, a mighty mold killer that is chemical-free, does not emit harmful gases, and is significantly safer than most commercial mold cleaning products.

Helpful Tip: The ingredients of the MoldBlogger DIY mold removal spray—borax and the optional essential oils—are not just effective in the mold removal process, they are also extremely potent mold preventatives, which means this natural all-purpose mold killing solution is also a mold control spray and should not be washed off with water or any other product.

How to Prevent Mold Growth and Mold Odor in the Future

Regular maintenance includes:

  1. Leaving the top lid (or front-load door) open between loads to dry out the machine and prevent condensation and mildewing.

  2. Using vinegar as a fabric softener instead of the commercial fabric softeners that leave gummy build-up. This will keep the machine clean, as well as prevent mold growth and mold odor. Note: As a plus, vinegar is incredibly gentle on fabrics and leaves clothing soft, durable, and odorless.

  3. Inspecting washer hoses for wear and tear, as well as firm attachment. It may be necessary to replace the hoses every 3-4 years. Failing to do so could encourage the harboring of mold growth and also damage the washing machine. Water damage and mold is a prevailing issue in laundry rooms because of poor hose maintenance.

The majority of owners neglect to do regular maintenance on their washing machines. In addition, some owners only compound matters by leaving laundry in the machine hours, sometimes even a day or more, after a wash has completed. This results in a fusty mildew smell in both washer and clothing. To assuage the issue, most will rewash the clothing and leave the lid open between washes, thinking they’ve found the solution for not only what causes mildew on clothes but also for how to get rid of mold in their machine. However, what is often overlooked is the fact that mold grows quickly and can thrive off of laundry detergent due to its plant-based (and even animal or synthetic) components.

What is often overlooked is the fact that mold grows quickly and can thrive off of laundry detergent due to its plant-based (and even animal fat or synthetic) components. The best option is a DIY natural mold-killing laundry detergent with ingredients like borax or vinegar. Even still, while the detergent is generally blamed for the mildew smell, very little thought is given to the fact that a washing machine should adequately rinse the clothing and drain the soapy water. If the owner suspects a gummy build-up of wash water scum (dirt, soap, hair) is the possible culprit, then perhaps it would be best to dismantle the washer and check for blockage. If they’re feeling less than enthusiastic about taking apart their washer, they can invest in a peroxide-based drain cleaner, such as Clog Gone.  Further still, if extreme measures of caution are taken, industrial hydrogen-peroxide can be used as a powerful mold killer and scum build-up remover, freeing not only the tub, but also the pipes and hoses of filth and debris.


Cleaning mold from a washing machine doesn’t have to be difficult or require the expensive help of a professional. Once this DIY mold removal process is complete, weekly maintenance techniques such as the ones listed above, alongside daily mold-preventative habits, will discourage new mold growth. Before long, mold odor and mildew smell will be a thing of the past.

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About the Author: Amanda Demsky is the mother and personal chef of two boys, the domestic technician of a three-bedroom desert home, and occasionally, a freelance writer and editor. Feel free to follow her on Twitter fullquiver777.

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Georgia-Pacific Donates to Louisiana Fire Department

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Newell Brands Posts Quarterly Dividend

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Study: Market for Floor Care Machines on the Rise

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Clorox Increases Quarterly Dividend 14%

The Clorox Co., parent company of Clorox Professional Products Co., has increased the quarterly dividend on its common stock 14 percent to US$0.96 per share. The dividend―$3.36 annualized with a... Read more

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Johnson Controls Issues 2017 Sustainability Report

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Afflink Adds Golbon

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ISS Named a Top Service Provider in Germany

ISS Named a Top Service Provider in GermanyISS has been named the 2018 Best Service Provider for Medium-Sized Companies by German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. The publication’s annual award is based on a survey of more than... Read more

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Mitie Appoints Two to Executive Team in Ireland

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Spartan Manger Honored by PJP

David Muhr, a regional manager with Spartan Chemical Co., has been named Penn Jersey Paper Co.’s (PJP) 2017 Vendor Representative of the Year. PJP‘s annual award is presented to the... Read more

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ISSA Members Among World's Most Ethical Companies

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Network Services Adds Corporate Account Director

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ISSA Appoints Regina Henrich European Manager

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What is White Mold?

We’ve all heard of black mold and the associated horror stories of how it destroys your home, your wallet and your health. But what about white mold? What is it? What are the effects on your home if it gets infected with white mold growth? How is your health compromised if you are around white mold? Is white mold as dangerous as black mold? Today’s blog post will give you all the answers you need should you end up with white mold in your home.

What is White Mold?

White mold may look different than other similar fungi, but it thrives in similar environments. The fuzzy white mold can show up almost anywhere other types of mold thrive and almost anywhere around your home. The white color is caused by a lack of spore pigmentation. This lack of pigmentation is caused by the type of material that the mold is growing. White mold will remain white while other types of mold get darker over time. The mold usually presents as a white powder or film, and many people will not realize that it is mold growth at all.

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether white mold is actually mold or ordinary mildew. Sometimes the term “white mold” gets confused or used as a synonym for ordinary mold. In some ways, it is true. Mildew is early stage mold and it can be white in color, but it isn’t as harmful. White mold looks similar to mildew, but mildew only grows on surfaces. White mold penetrates the surface of porous materials and will run wood, furniture, walls and more.

In some environments, homeowners may confuse white mold in their basement with a substance known as crystalline efflorescence. Both of these things grow in environments with excess moisture, but efflorescence isn’t a mold. It is a type of salt deposit left behind when moisture wicks its way through concrete. Efflorence doesn’t affect wood or sheetrock.


Here is how you can tell whether you have white mold or efflorescence salt deposits.

  1. Lightly mist the affected zone with water. If it is efflorescence, the deposit will appear to dissolve away.
  2. Take a small amount of the deposit and squeeze it. If it is efflorescence, it will break into a fine powder.

If your sample doesn’t pass these tests, it is likely you are dealing with white mold instead of efflorescence and should consider getting tested for mold or treated for mold. If it is mold, the chances are good that it has already spread inside your walls and can threaten the entire house.


How is your Health Affected by White Mold?

Everyone knows that black mold can be quite dangerous. But what about white mold? It is much less known, but the answer is that white mold can affect your health. Like most molds, it can go airborne. Once airborne, it can get into your eyes, lungs and on your skin. If a person already suffers from allergies, white mold can make the symptoms worse.

There are several types of white mold so if you find it, you should consider consulting with a professional in order to determine how dangerous it may be to your health. While most people aren’t familar with it, white mold can be dangerous and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Symptoms to white mold exposure may include (but may not be limited to):

  • eye irritation
  • allergic reaction
  • headaches
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • respiratory infection

If you suspect that you or a family member has had long term exposure to white mold, it is always best to consult with your primary care physician or get a referral to a specialist. White mold health affects people of all age groups, and long term exposure may cause sickness to you or a family member. This sickness generally begins with mild symptoms and progresses with time as the exposure continues.


How do you Get Rid of White Mold?

Since you now know that white mold can damage your home and your health, you need to deal with the issue as soon as possible. Depending on the mold size in your home, you may be able to clean it up yourself and get rid of the mold for good. However, mold is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. If you have doubts, consult a professional.

If your mold problem meets the following issues, you shouldn’t attempt to DIY the mold removal:

  • The mold is larger than three square feet
  • The material is difficult to clean
  • You already have medical issues

White mold (like all molds) must be cleaned up with care because they can cause further health problems during the cleanup. Often, people make the mistake of cleaning up mold without doing their homework and they end up harming themselves and spreading mold throughout their home. Cross contamination is easy to do and can cause bigger issues than you already had.  Once spores have landed on another surface, they start to grow within 24-48 hours.

If you are going to attempt to remove the white mold yourself, be sure to protect yourself by wearing goggles, a mask that covers your face and rubber gloves. Be cautious and do not allow the mold to contact your skin. You can contain the affected zone using plastic sheets and duct tape. This will help prevent cross contamination to other areas of your home. You can also buy or rent a negative air machine which will prevent those pesky mold spores from drifting around your home.

All visible mold must be removed. You can use specialized disinfectant. Mold that has grown on porous items such as carpets, drywall, insulation or fabric, the material will need to be disposed of. After the mold has been removed, everything must be sanitized with a biocide which will kill remaining spores.

If you have any concerns about your current health, let a professional mold remediation company take on the white mold removal. A licensed mold remediation professional efficiently takes care of the problem through:

• Lab testing to determine the exact specie of your mold outbreak.
• The correct equipment, products and techniques (that can sometimes be cost prohibitive to non-professionals)
• Repairs that address and remedy the original moisture source.

When you outsource your mold problem to a licensed mold remediation company, you’ll be sure that the white mold has been completely removed and will not return from the original source of moisure. You will also get the peace of mind knowing that your health and the health of your family has been protected from the dangerous mold spores.

How can you Prevent White Mold?

The good news is that mold can be dealt with and completely removed. However, it is even better if you prevent mold BEFORE it grows and takes a dangerous toll on your home and health.

All types of mold (including white mold) can grow rapidly in any area where there is moisture. The most important part of mold prevention is controlling moisture. Without moisture, mold cannot grow. Homeowners must be diligent in controlling moisture through:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Repairing leaks immediately including surfaces that have been wet
  • Removing wet material
  • Performing routine and frequent inspections of your home, especially the areas you don’t frequently visit (attic, basement etc) as well as the outside of your home for moisture sources.



White mold is a type of mold that is not as well known as other types of mold such as black mold. It can even be interpreted as mildew, but it can be more harmful. Homeowners should be aware that mold comes in many colors and white mold can be just as dangerous as other types. If you have white mold in your home, take the appropriate steps to remedy the problem so that your home and health are not affected.

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