For residents, keeping your home clean and mould-free is essential not just for a comfortable living environment but for your well-being too. Mould can be a persistent issue, especially in shared spaces. Thankfully, there are simple daily hacks that can help you mould-proof your home, ensuring it remains fresh and clean.

  1. Daily Ventilation: Open your windows daily to allow fresh air to circulate. Proper ventilation reduces humidity levels, making it harder for mould to grow.
  2. Regular Cleaning: Spend a few minutes each day wiping down surfaces with a damp cloth. Pay extra attention to areas prone to moisture, like the bathroom and kitchen.
  3. Keep It Dry: After showering, make sure to dry the bathroom thoroughly. Dry walls, tiles, and floors can help prevent mould growth.
  4. Fix Leaks Promptly: Report any leaks to your housing authority immediately. Leaky pipes and faucets are a breeding ground for mould.
  5. Use Fans: When cooking or showering, use fans or open windows to reduce humidity.
  6. Monitor Humidity: If possible invest in an affordable humidity monitor. Aim to keep indoor humidity levels below 50% to deter mould.
  7. Tackle Clutter: Clutter can trap moisture and promote mould growth. Keep your space tidy to prevent this.
  8. Regularly Clean Appliances: Clean appliances like refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines to prevent mould buildup.
  9. Mind Your Laundry: Dry clothes promptly, and avoid leaving wet laundry lying around.
  10. Houseplants with Care: If you have houseplants, avoid overwatering. Use saucers to catch excess water.
  11. Ensure pots have proper drainage.

As social housing residents in some cases you might not have as much control over your living environment as you’d like. However, these daily hacks are simple and effective ways to reduce mould growth and maintain a fresh and clean space for you and your family.

If you spot mould, be sure to report it to your housing authority. They can help address the issue and ensure that your living conditions remain safe and comfortable.

Remember, mould prevention is an ongoing effort. By incorporating these daily habits into your routine, you can significantly reduce the risk of mould and enjoy a healthier and more pleasant living space. Your home should be a sanctuary, and these daily hacks can help you achieve just that.

See our tips for residents for full information about how to protect your home from damp and mould.