Combine a moist environment with a lack of air circulation and the right ‘food’ source and you’ve got mould. This fungal growth is not only unsightly but it’s a health hazard that can rapidly spread.
There are common places in a home where mould is likely to grow, such as a bathroom, especially one that’s not properly ventilated, and in a basement due to leaky foundations.
But what about less obvious mould havens?
Here are five.
While mould can grow on food in the refrigerator, it can also thrive underneath your biggest kitchen appliance. Most fridges have a drip pan designed to catch condensation from the appliance. Food spillage can be collected there, too. If not properly cleaned every year, this creates an opportunity for the mould to proliferate.
Wooden Knife Block
If you don’t always completely clean and dry your knives before returning them to your knife block, then you might have some unwanted spores in those slots.
A toothbrush holder provides helpful storage but isn’t necessarily safe. Toothbrushes, by their nature, get wet. Add toothpaste into the mix and a steamy environment from showering, and the bottom of the caddy is sure to see some mould growth.
Condensation in winter months when windows are closed provides the moisture mould loves, while the dirt and dust that accumulates in the grooves supplies the food.
The porous nature of bricks means they collect water, dirt and other organic debris. Add a rusted chimney cap or loose flashing that lets in rain and snow and mould is encouraged to flourish.