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11 Things House Guests Notice—and 10 Things You Don’t Have to Worry About

By Leah Groth of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 22:  House guests' eyes will immediately go to those telltale black spots wherever they appear—and they really can appear anywhere, from bathrooms to bedrooms to basements. Mold can grow wherever there's moisture, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's very common. Still, that doesn't mean you should have it in your house. Not only is it a sign that you haven't cleaned, but some types of mold can also be toxic. "Often, mold can develop behind curtains or shower curtains," says Alicia Sokolowski, president and co-CEO of AspenClean, but leaks or high moisture levels can also cause it to develop near windows, vents, air conditioners and more. To remove mold quickly and easily, Sokolowski recommends mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Douse the mold with the solution, then gently scrub and rinse the area. If you live in an area with high moisture, you might want to invest in a dehumidifier to stop problems before they start.

Do it: Check for mold

House guests' eyes will immediately go to those telltale black spots wherever they appear—and they really can appear anywhere, from bathrooms to bedrooms to basements. Mold can grow wherever there's moisture, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's very common. Still, that doesn't mean you should have it in your house. Not only is it a sign that you haven't cleaned, but some types of mold can also be toxic.

"Often, mold can develop behind curtains or shower curtains," says Alicia Sokolowski, president and co-CEO of AspenClean, but leaks or high moisture levels can also cause it to develop near windows, vents, air conditioners and more. To remove mold quickly and easily, Sokolowski recommends mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Douse the mold with the solution, then gently scrub and rinse the area. If you live in an area with high moisture, you might want to invest in a dehumidifier to stop problems before they start.

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