Is Your Quest For A Clean Home Harming Your Family? How to Remove Mold
An inside look into the most common indoor air quality threats in the Chicago area
We all want a clean home. The thought of bacteria growing on our counters, of mold spores floating in the air we breathe, is haunting. It isn’t just some obsessive phobia. We know bacteria and mold are the bad guys. And we know that bleach is the best way to get rid of them, right?
Unfortunately not. As an environmental health expert for over 20 years, I have helped numerous Chicagoland families improve the air quality of their homes and shown them how to remove mold safely and effectively. I can tell you that every one of them “knows bleach kills mold” and often have “go-to” cleaners that leave their counters and tubs spotless. They use the same methods all of us are told to use when cleaning, but still, their health symptoms and questions remain.
Why do my children’s allergy symptoms go away when we’re on vacation?
Why do I get headaches and runny nose when I’m at home, but not when I’m at work?
The truth is, cleaning reagents have become our safety blanket against that monster under the bed. They comfort us. We think they help, but it can be useless against the real mold-monsters lurking in our attics and basements. Even worse, we may be having a reaction to the very product we are using to try to eliminate the problem!
To help you out, I’d like to share a couple of my experiences working with Chicago area families to improve their indoor air quality. Along with these recent success stories, I’d like to give you the following tips and tricks:
- The best way to test for home health hazards.
- Common indoor air hazards in the Chicago area.
- When and where to use bleach against mold, and why it isn’t always effective.