This photomicrograph shows a close-up of Mucor, a common indoor mold that can cause infections of the lungs, nose/facial area, gastrointestinal tract, skin and, less commonly, other organ systems. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
As someone committed to organic living, you appreciate nature's bounty. But ever since biblical times, humans have waged war against mold and mildew-not only cleaning nuisances, but nasty "natural" fungi that are hazardous to your health.
If you think mankind is culturally and racially diverse, consider this: There are more than 10,000 species of mold, which can be found in soil, foods and plant matter, according to award-winning reporter Vicki Lankarge, author of What Every Home Owner Needs to Know About Mold. Every home has mold, and once it invades, you may inhale spores that can lead to respiratory, eye and skin infections. Children, the elderly, people with preexisting respiratory problems like asthma (PDF file) and those with weakened immune systems (such as HIV+ individuals) are most susceptible to mold-related illnesses.
So, how do you eliminate mold from your home without resorting to environmentally unfriendly cleansers and detergents? Part IV of our series on sustainable home makeovers offers several solutions for organic living:
Read part I , II and III of our Sustainable Home Makeover.