Mold can be a big problem for allergy-prone dogs. In addition to outdoor mold, mold can grow indoors in humid spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, basements, garbage cans, refrigerators, carpets, and sheetrock. Once you start looking for mold, you may be surprised at how prevalent it is in your home.
I live in an older home, in the Mid-Atlantic, where it can get quite humid. After I started researching allergies, I’ve learned that my home can be a breeding ground for mold. Here are some of the regular places I find and treat our mold:
- Showers and Sinks. These are likely the most common place for mold to grow in your home. Since showers and sinks contain a lot of moisture, it’s an easy place for mold to grow and spread. I’ve found the best solution is to spray on a mildew and mold cleaner or bleach, leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse and wipe clean. This should keep the mold at bay for a couple of weeks.
- Window panes. In the winter months, I find that our home has some condensation forming in the corners of our window panes. If left unattended, mold will eventually appear. I now wipe the condensation regularly, and use a mold cleaner or bleach as needed.
- Basement corners. One year, when left unattended, our basement walls started to grow a bit mold in the corners. After cleaning up the mold, we’ve now learned to check these walls regularly and not lean any items against the corners – to prevent excess moisture buildup.
- Window unit air conditioners. We use some window unit air conditioners in our home during the hot summer months. One year, I took a close look at one of our units and found mold growing on the intake vent. I now include a good bleach wipe down of these vents as part of a regular summer cleaning routine.
In addition to the sources of mold I’ve listed above, you can also find mold growing in dishwashers, washing machines, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, since all regularly contain water. Be sure to check these devices regularly and be prepared to eliminate mold as needed.