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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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By Sonya McDaniel
Sept. 27, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Tips for Cleaning the Bathroom to Prevent and Control Mold
If there's one thing we don't want to share our bathrooms with, it's mold and its creepy companion, mildew. If these two culprits are showing up in your bathrooms, it may be because you are unwittingly inviting them in. An untreated plumbing leak is one invitation to mold and mildew, but careless daily habits are another, more common, way they get a toehold into your bathroom. Nancy Bock, Vice President of Consumer Education at the American Cleaning Institute®, identifies some common culprits and offers suggestions for sending them packing.
Soap Scum: Mildew can grow on the soap scum that creates a ring around the bathtub or settles in the sink. Use a soap-scum remover on a regular basis to easily clean those deposits.
Moisture in the Shower: Use a daily shower cleaner on the walls and tub. Mist surfaces right after showering while the walls are wet and warm – no rinsing, wiping or scrubbing is necessary. And use a squeegee to clean the glass doors before stepping out of the shower.
Condensation Buildup: Use the exhaust fan when bathing or showering. The Home Ventilation Institute recommends that a fan should be left on for 20 minutes or more to clear humidity adequately and to ensure moisture and condensation in the fan body or ducting is minimized. If your fan doesn’t have a timer, it’s an easy add-on installation.
Towel Patrol: Mold and mildew love it when towels are left in a puddle on the floor. They should be hung up to air-dry after each use. Bathmats, too, should be hung to dry. And all these items should be laundered at least once a week.
For family members with asthma, many of these best practices will help keep mold and mildew, which can trigger an asthma or allergy attack, under control.
Note that there are many cleaners on the market especially formulated to remove mold and mildew from hard surfaces such as porcelain, ceramic and tile, as well as ones specially designed to remove mildew from grout. If you use any of these, be sure to read and follow the directions on the product label. And never, ever mix cleaning products.
Source: http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/clean_living/cm_sepoct2011_meeting_the_mold_invasion_headon.aspx

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