We’ve all had our favorite shirts, backpacks, or our favorite electronics destroyed by mold. One of the many lovely parts of living in Hawaii is finding ways to deal with the moisture. Moisture that makes up the musky pore producing monster known as MOLD! So, without further ado, here are 5 Tips or tricks I have learned to deal with mold here in Hawaii.
I know this sounds like the most common sense of them all but, storing your clothes in wooden drawers and keeping your keepsakes in closest can be the worst thing for them. Keeping your clothes warn often and hung where there is lots of ventilation can put off mold producing and spreading.
If you do have keepsakes that you want to store, pack them up in plastic boxes with tight lids. Throw some Silica packets in for good measure. Whatever you do, say goodbye to leather. Leather molds quickly and breaks down faster here in Hawaii due to all the moisture and humidity. Who needs leather shoes when you can wear flip flops all year round?
# 2 Damprid
Damprids are your number one friend, especially if you live near the ocean or in a high rain/ tropical area. You can purchase these at Longs, Target, Home Depot, Walmart, and online. According to Damprids website they say to, “Think of DampRid as a dehumidifier that doesn’t need electricity. It’s the convenient, all-natural way to absorb excess moisture in the air that can cause stale, musty odors, while preventing damage to your valuable possessions.” I like to store these in my closets and bathrooms, areas that tend to get excess moisture due to lack of ventilation.
# 3 Pelican Cases
If you’re like me and you own a lot of electronics or photography equipment you want to make sure your prized possessions stay clear of mold and rust. I’ve found that storing electronics in Pelican cases with silica packets do the trick and keep my electronics safe from moister. The Pelican cases keep the equipment stored airtight and the silica packets keep the inside of the case nice and dry. Totally worth the investment to protect the equipment you might not use every day.
#4 Use a Dehumidifier
If your home or apartment in Hawaii has a major problem with moister and mold I recommend investing in a dehumidifier. It can eliminate water from the air quickly and is also a good piece of equipment to run if you leave your home for long periods of time.
# 5 Kill Mold Spores
There are many ways to kill mold spores and living in Hawaii you definitely have to keep up with trying to eliminate mold frequently. You can go with a more natural way of killing mold with ammonia. Here are the steps you want to take.
- Add ammonia and water in 50/50 proportions.
- Add solution to a spray bottle and spray directly on the mold
- Let sit for 5 or 10 minutes.
- Scrub and wipe clean.
- Repeat if necessary.
You can also use vinegar following the same steps/process above but, no need to mix with water. You can use straight vinegar. If you are wanting to take a stronger approach you can use bleach, combine 1 cup of bleach to a gallon of water and spray mold using the directions above.
There are many natural and chemical ways to kill mold spores. Unfortunately, this is a task you have to stay up on to keep the mold from accumulating.
What are some of your tips and tricks on keeping mold out of your home here in Hawaii?