Tips to Reduce, Prevent & Clean Moisture & Mould From Your Home

Simple tips and tricks to reduce moisture and mould in your home, so you can keep the rain and damp outside where it belongs. 

Rainy weather brings moisture into our homes, and unfortunately with moisture comes mould – ew! Damp doesn’t discriminate and can occur in any home. But how do we get rid of mould and prevent moisture in our homes? Clothes, pillows, furniture and much more can be damaged by mould which can also trigger health problems like asthma. Luckily there are a few simple tips and tricks to reduce the moisture and mould in your home.

tips to reduce indoor moisture and prevent mould when raining

Damp and mould can cause havoc inside our homes, especially when it’s been raining for a while. However there are lots of things you can do to help reduce indoor moisture in the air and prevent mould when it’s raining heavy outside – as well as clean away the mould once it’s begun to build up.

Kat’s Tips To Reduce Indoor Moisture & Prevent Mould

Dehumidifier – a dehumidifier is always my first go to! If you have one, turn it on when the rainy weather sets in and let it do its thing. If you don’t have one don’t stress, there are plenty of natural ways (listed below) to reduce moisture in the air and help to prevent mould building up.

Rock Salt and Baking Soda – fill a bowl with rock salt or baking soda. The rock salt will absorb moisture from the air and the baking soda will help get rid of the musty odour.

Windows and Doors – keep all your doors and windows closed to stop warm humid air getting inside your home.

Dryer (or no washing at all) – if you can avoid doing washing whilst it’s rainy that’s the best! If this isn’t possible use a clothes dryer that contains steam and moisture. Do not hang wet clothes to dry inside as the condensation from the wet clothes will build up in the house.

TIP: Wool dryer balls will reduce your drying time whilst also helping to absorbing excess moisture – plus they make your clothes less wrinkled!

Wool dryer balls to reduce moisture and power bill

Air Conditioner – use your air conditioner at a comfortable temperature to dehumidify the air. The dehumidify setting will work best to remove moisture from the air. Damp happens when warm air hits cold walls, so by keeping your house warm the surfaces don’t get cold enough to create condensation.

Moisture Absorbers – keep moisture absorbers in places that are prone to damp and moisture. Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifying bags are a long lasting and eco-friendlier alternative to other moisture absorber products on the market. The activated charcoal acts as a natural sponge to absorb moisture and odours.

eco-friendly moisture absorbers activated charcoal

Cold Shower – by having comfortably cold showers instead of hot steamy showers you will reduce the amount of moisture in the air. Remember to close the bathroom door and use your exhaust fan too.

Cover Cooking – cover your pans when cooking on the stovetop so you trap the moisture in.

Plants Outside – place indoor plants outside as plants let moisture out.

Kat’s Tips To Clean & Remove Mould

Clove Oil – use clove oil to clean away mould. Clove oil is a popular natural cleaning remedy that kills the spores rather than just bleaching and hiding them. I recommend mixing 1/4 teaspoon clove oil with 1-litre water in a spray bottle, lightly mist the solution onto any mouldy surface, leave for 20 minutes and then wipe away. If using on wooden furniture, lightly spray the solution on a cloth then wipe away (don’t spray directly onto wooden furniture).

Clove essential oil for cleaning mould in the home

Vinegar – combine 1 part vinegar to 1 part water in a spray bottle. Wipe over surfaces. Alternatively you can soak mouldy clothes or cushion covers in vinegar for an hour and then rinse with hot water.

Sunlight – the sun’s ultraviolet rays helps to kill mould, so when the sun is shining put any linen or clothes that still show signs of mould out in the full sun.

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7 comments

Farah Dyer-Steel March 8, 2020 - 3:49 PM

We have no Tastic or even exhaust fan in our en-suite (rental property) and in winter the moisture buildup is horrendous during the night. Water just drips from the ceiling down the walls to the floor and the tiles become a skate rink that’s deadly for a middle of the night toilet visit. Mildew is a constant problem on the door, ceiling, cornices but worst the vertical blinds and it’s now also occurring on the vertical blinds in the master bedroom as the big sliding glass door is right next to the en-suite doorway. The realtor demands we control it but it’s becoming the bane of my life!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 9, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Farah that doesn’t sound good at all 🙁 It’s almost impossible to keep moisture out of a bathroom if there’s no ventilation. I hope that the real estate is able to do something about this for you soon.

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Farah Dyer-Steel May 16, 2020 - 10:01 PM

tragically no result as yet. I requested a ‘tastic’ be installed by the owner at our last house inspection but deadly silence has been the result. i know the individual blinds can be cleaned (removed and wiped down with bleach, sprayed with exit mould etc) but there’s quite a few of them and I fear it would just become yet another regular household chore that will be added to the list. never had this problem before and it’s got me flummoxed

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Sarah June 6, 2020 - 7:17 PM

There are many health conditions triggered by or exacerbated by mould. If your real estate agent won’t make reasonable provisions to help control the moisture / mould, I would be getting out of that house as soon as possible. A lifelong disabling illness is not worth it. Your health is important.

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Julie Gercken November 29, 2020 - 6:18 AM

Hi, how do you remove yellowing from the bottom of white doors please.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 7, 2020 - 10:49 AM

Hi Julie,

I would try using this product on the bottom of your doors – https://organisedhq.com.au/products/the-pink-stuff-cleaning-paste-500g/ Let me know how you go with it. Kat x

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Brett March 14, 2022 - 3:28 PM

Need a hot water system ASAP

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