Monsoon weather is such a pleasure, but high humidity at times may play a role in spoilsport. Clothes, leather accessories, and other items may fall victim to harmful fungus and molds.
This article is on How to prevent fungus in the cupboard to keep humidity under check and to protect your belongings.
Let’s see what are the different precautions and measures that can be taken to protect your valuable items from fungus attacks.
But before that, you need to understand the causes of fungus growth?
Mould is a type of fungi, forms due to moisture caused in the rainy season. Lack of proper ventilation and rising humidity inside the cupboard cause fungi to grow.
Fungus looks like a powdery thing with black or green spots on it. It generally grows on moist surfaces.
Preventive measures to restrict fungus growth in Monsoon
You can protect your belongings from the fungus just by applying these simple tips
1.Never Keep Moist Things in the Cupboard
The first thing you need to keep in mind is don’t store moist things like clothes, socks, footwear inside the cupboard. Moist and damp clothes are the main reason for fungus growth.
Let your clothes, footwears dry in the open air when the sun is out. This will help to remove all the moisture from these items. By doing this you can restrict the entry of fungus inside the cupboard.
2. Open Closet Frequently
If your house structure allows, keep open your window all the time. If this is not possible then don’t forget to keep it open when it sunny outside, open the doors of the cupboard as well. This will not only act as a natural disinfectant but also aid in removing musty smell from the closet.
Always remember that the space inside the cupboard is not crowded and overstuffed. As overstuffing doesn’t allow air to circulate and fungus finds the opportunity to grow.
Have some space in hanging clothes to pass the air in between and arrange all belongings in a proper way.
3. Do not Put Cardboard Boxes or Paper Bags
If you live in a high humid place, do not use cardboard boxes or paper bags to store or arrange things inside the cupboard. Cardboards and paper bags can easily absorb the moisture which eventually helps in fungus growth which can ruin your belongings.
4. Dehumidify your Cupboard
- Along with taking precautions you can take some measures to remove moisture from the closet. Place an open box filled with rice inside the closet, rice will absorb excess moisture from the closet.
- You can add some fragrance oils inside the rice to freshen up the air and it will also act as a deodorizer for your closet.
- Another option to dehumidify your closet is charcoal. Keep a bag filled with small pieces of charcoal inside the closet. Charcoal is an excellent moisture absorbent. Replace it with old one every two to three months. Be careful while placing it inside the cupboards as charcoal can stain your clothes.
- Chalk is great in absorbing humidity as well, place a bunch of chalk tied with rubber band and place it inside your cupboard. Chalk also helps to dehumidify the air inside the cupboard efficiently.
- Although neem leaves are not dehumidifier in nature placing them inside the cupboard will restrict the fungus and mildew to grow in humid weather.
5. Install low voltage Bulb inside the Cupboard
If possible, install a low voltage bulb inside the cupboard. The bulb will create mild heat which will helps in keeping moisture and bacteria at bay. A well-lit closet also helps in easy navigation and aid in easy access. Lightning will not only improves accessibility but also creates a pleasant ambiance inside the closet.
6. Purchase and Place Moisture Absorbent
Another option for keeping your closet and cupboards away from fungus reach is using various absorbents. Various moisture absorbent boxes are available in the market or online. They contain some moisture absorbing material inside which collect the moisture at bottom of the box. You just need to purchase it and unwrap and place it inside the closet.
7. Use Silica Gel Pouches
You might have noticed a little silica pouch inside the packaging of new products. Little packets of silica gel are found inside the packaging of all sorts of products. Silica gel is considered a desiccant, it keeps products dry by absorbing excess moisture.
You can place silica gel pouches inside the closet and between clothes. It soaks up the moisture and restricts the growth of the fungus.
So next time when you find silica gel pouch inside your new product packing don’t throw it. Save it for placing inside the closet in monsoon season.
8. Use of Vacuum Storage Bags and Containers
You may also use vacuum storage bags or plastic containers to store clothes and other belonging that are use often. Keep silica gels along with clothes inside the box as it will helps to keep your belongings dry prevents the growth of mold and fungus.
Now by any chance your cupboard got fungus then remove it using following techniques.
How to remove fungus from cupboard
First of all keep in mind that you never touch the infected areas with naked hands as it can cause you fungal infection. Always wear hand gloves as a preventive measure while treating the mold or fungus.
Create a thick paste by mixing of lemon juice and salt and gently rub it over the infected area of the cupboard. Leave it for 5 to 10 mins and wipe it with clean cloth or paper napkin.
If your clothes has mold patches over them don’t wear, soak them in bucket or washing machine with addition of 3-4 cup of vinegar. Vinegar will remove the mold patches and musty smell from the clothes. Follow the cloth soaking with washing in hot water, it will killed the mold pores of the infected clothes.
I hope these fungus preventive measures and removal technique will restrict the entry of fungus inside your cupboards. This will not only help you to keep cupboard freshy but also will save your belongings from getting ruined.