Good thing I clicked on TipNut.com before renting a power washer to clean our concrete patio and pool deck. There’s more than a year’s worth of mildew and/or algae buildup that has spread around the concrete surface. I remember that my grandmother’s front steps looked like this.
Tim Carter has a succint little video on TipNut.com over on the right side as the featured video that shows you exactly how to clean that up and have your patio looking as good as new for summer grillin’. Continue Reading
Mold. It’s BAD NEWS. As well as just being gross it can do some pretty rotten things to your lungs. Prevention is definitely the way to go, as once you’ve got mold it’s the very devil to get rid of. Luckily, you don’t need harsh chemicals to stop mold arriving and bringing 50 gazillion of it’s friends. Jennifer Chait, green-mama-maven over at Inhabitots has a recipe for an all-natural mold prevention spray.
You mix two cups of water and three drops of pure organic tea tree essential oil, pop it in a spray bottle and spritz (then wipe) your walls once a week. Continue Reading
Traditional methods of removing mold in your home calls for spraying the affected area with water mixed with harsh chemicals, such as ammonia or chlorine bleach. Unfortunately, chlorine bleach contains sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), which, when mixed with water forms hypochlorous acid (HOCl).
Hypochlorous acid is a terrible irritant to human skin and tissues, and its fumes are harmful to eyes and lungs. Worse, when mixed with cleansers with ammonia (by would-be home cleansing chemists seeking double cleaning power), it can form chloramine gas, which can be deadly. Continue Reading