Healthy Spring Cleaning – Mould

If you find evidence of moisture or mould while spring cleaning, it’s important to take it seriously. Mould isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can pose significant health risks. 

Mould releases allergens and mycotoxins, which, when inhaled, can lead to respiratory problems, allergies, and potentially severe health conditions. And here’s the alarming fact: according to studies, about 25% of the population may have a combination of genes that prevent them from producing antibodies to fungi – which means they experience an inflammatory response to mould that doesn’t switch off.

If you’re struggling with fatigue, recurring colds/flu, headaches or sleep disturbances, it might be linked to mould. Monitoring indoor humidity is an important factor to manage mould in your indoor environment.

What you can do:

  • Hygrometer Usage: Invest in a hygrometer to regularly measure indoor humidity levels. Aim for 30-50% for a healthier living environment.
  • Proper Ventilation: Ensure well-ventilated spaces, especially in moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Dehumidifiers: If your home consistently experiences high humidity, consider using a dehumidifier to maintain an optimal environment.
  • Regular Inspections: Stay vigilant with routine inspections, focusing on potential trouble spots.

PS To clean mould, it is not recommended to use chemicals like bleach to kill it, because some fungi can use them as a food source, and dead mould spores can still trigger the inflammation as they contain mould toxins. 

Instead, wash hard surfaces with a microfibre cloth in a solution of 1 part water to 4 parts naturally fermented white vinegar. Rinse each time and repeat. For porous surfaces such as unsealed timbers, use a 70% alcoholic solution, such as ethanol. 

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Invitation to Health

Invitation to Health is an integrative health clinic based on the Central Coast of NSW.

We are exposed to at least 140,000 chemicals, more than 30,000 of them in high volumes. We don't know how most of these chemicals individually affect our bodies and we have even less information on how they interact with each other or with medications we use. These chemicals are in your food and water, on your food, in the cleaning and skin care products you use and in your furnishings and household items.
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We are a medical centre based in Wyoming, near Gosford on the Central Coast, with onsite GPs, integrative doctors and complementary therapists to support your health.

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