A little hidden mold may seem like not a big deal to some, but if you worry about it anyway, your concerns are actually valid! Get ready to have your eyes opened as we answer the question “Is mold dangerous?”, and reveal some of the sneakiest hiding places it can lurk.
Is Mold Dangerous?
Short answer: yes! Mold poses a few dangers.
1: Allergic reactions. You may have hidden mold in your house if some of your loved ones are regularly getting headaches, runny noses, sneezing, or itchy or watery eyes.
2: An unsafe home. Hidden mold left for a long time can eat away at the structure and building materials of your home, which can make it unsafe to live in!
3: Food contamination. If you have hidden mold in your fridge or anywhere you store food, it can contaminate it!
Next, let’s uncover some sneaky places mold can live, AND how you can clean them!
4 Spots to Check for Hidden Mold in Your House
#1: Under Your Fridge Water Dispenser Tray
A prime spot for mold is right on your fridge! If you have a water dispenser on your fridge, and if that dispenser has a removable drip tray, then check it for mold today! Cleaner Guys recommends wiping it down thoroughly and regularly with any standard household cleaning chemical, so as to prevent mold from growing there.
#2: Moldy Windowsills
You know that black stuff that fills all the little cracks in your windowsills? That’s not just dirt — that’s probably mold! Mold in windowsills is particularly common in Washington, because of the constant damp environment. Cleaner Guys recommends scrubbing your windowsills a few times a year with a cleaning toothbrush and any standard household cleaning chemical.
#3: Outdoor Front Doormat Mold
Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s outside! In Washington’s rainy weather, underneath your outdoor front door mat is a likely breeding ground for mold — and thousands of mold spores can indeed waft right into your house every time you open the door. Cleaner Guys recommends simply shaking all the dirt out of your doormats regularly, and then using a cleaning brush to scrub the bottom clean.
#4: Mold in Your Washing Machine
Can washing machines get mold? Absolutely! For the most part, it grows inside the rubber linings that seal water inside the machine. Cleaner Guys recommends wiping these out thoroughly and regularly, with any standard household cleaning chemical.
Cleaner Guys’ Final Recommendations
Given these points: yes, mold can be dangerous if not dealt with, and there are many places it can hide. However, if you keep up with Cleaner Guys’ recommendations for where to check and what to do about mold in your house, you’ll always be prepared! Next, check out our comprehensive ultimate guide for dealing with mold in apartments specifically! Happy cleaning.
Source for mold sickness symptoms: Healthline.com
Source for ideas on where to look for mold: Lifehacker.com
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. No part of this article is medical or legal advice, and may not be used as such. For all serious medical matters, consult your doctor. For all serious legal matters, consult your legal advisor. This article contains Cleaner Guys’ experience and opinions only.