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Please help me store my books

For reasons, most of my books are in long-term storage. Please help me keep them safe. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jul 18, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I keep my shirts from smelling moldy?

I live in the UK and laundry here is just different from in the states for a number of reasons. I hang my laundry to dry, which mostly works fine except for my long-sleeved t-shirts, which always smell musty. I space them out all over the house, they feel totally dry and don't smell at all when I put them away, but a few days later when I pull one out to wear, they smell of mold. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Jul 12, 2016 - 21 answers

Carp Mold: Where?

I saw the Carpe Diem cone in the Minnesota State Fair post. They caught my eye and seem like fun. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Jun 27, 2016 - 5 answers

Seeking pro for mold issue in garage. What do I need to know?

There is a recurring mold issue in my parents' garage. Mold keeps growing back in one corner of the garage. I don't know where to begin with hiring someone to deal with this, so I'm hoping someone can help me figure out what I need to know to make sure this gets done right. What kind of professional should I hire? Is there anything I should keep in mind as I try to find the right person for the job? [more inside]
posted by millions on May 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Confusing advice on mold removal

Help us defeat mold on cinder block. [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Apr 3, 2016 - 9 answers

Can I save moldy books?

I had some books in boxes stored in my closet. Some water leaked in from outside and soaked into the bottom of the boxes. There's some water damage and mold. Can I salvage these books? [more inside]
posted by milkcrateman on Mar 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Broken water heater and incompetent, lazy apartment management

A week ago our upstairs neighbor's water heater started raining water down into our bathroom, hallway and kitchen. Miraculously, there was no personal property damage. But my apartment manager, the owner of the complex and the maintenance crew are being very laissez-faire in their approach to repair and don't want to do mold testing. What can I say or do to get them to take this situation seriously? [more inside]
posted by Arrrgyle on Mar 10, 2016 - 14 answers

Mold Allergy - can I live in a house with a moldy basement?

I'm thinking of moving into a rental with a moldy basement. I love the place otherwise, but I have a definite mold allergy. Can this work? [more inside]
posted by susanvance on Feb 23, 2016 - 16 answers

Cleaning Mold Off a Dough Ornament- can it be done?

A handmade dough ornament from last year has grown mold in storage. I want to try to clean it instead of just tossing it because it has sentimental value. How could I try to clean it? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Dec 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Questions on defeating mold/moisture problems

Looking for advice/information on reducing humidity and mold growth in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles on Nov 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Reducing the mold in my bathroom this weekend?

We just bought a house and had a newborn and today I noticed that the carpet (why carpet is in the bathroom I'll never know) outside the shower was wet. It looks like the shower stall is leaking a bit and the wood around it is moldy. [more inside]
posted by tigeri on Sep 4, 2015 - 7 answers

How to deal with water pooling between the sink and the backsplash?

The ledge between my sink and the backsplash is forever filling up with water... gross black gunkiness develops if I am not very very diligent about removing all the dish soap/scrubbers/sponges every night and wiping it down. What habits/products/modifications can I use to keep it from getting gross with a minimum of effort?
posted by joshwa on Aug 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Can this Dutch oven be saved?

I let my Dutch oven get really, really gross. Can I safely return it to usable condition? [more inside]
posted by delight on Jul 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Avoiding mold on vents from condensation in an old house

I have mold that grows on the vents in my ceiling. The duct cleaners came and left because my ducts have no mold. [more inside]
posted by *s on Jun 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Swamp things

Is there any kind of mold-killer that can go into a swamp cooler that isn't dangerous if aerosolized, and won't damage the machine? [more inside]
posted by answergrape on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Mildew or mildon't?

We bought a house a month ago and moved in immediately. Since moving in we have found a couple (some significant) moisture-related issues. We have fixed most of the issues, but now all of our belongings smell of mildew/mold. What I need now is a) reassurance that everything will one day be okay and b) some guidance on practical steps to get from here to okay. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow on Apr 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Shelf life of store-bought dorayaki?

How long does mass-produced dorayaki (red bean paste filled pancakes) keep on the shelf, unrefrigerated? Difficulty: just ate the last one from a package that was first opened 2 weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by phatkitten on Mar 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Bleach, vinegar, mold, help.

I recently discovered mold in my apartment. It's a new building (a backyard cottage) and very airtight, and recent cool/rainy weather caused excessive condensation on windows...which led to black mold on windowsills. I'm about to move out, for other reasons. But I'm trying to get the mold out of one of the windowsills before I go. A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons on Jan 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Will the mold kill me?

I thoroughly cleaned my water bottle just now and wiped black stuff from the sides of the inside. I assume it's mold, and I think it's probably been there for a while (days? weeks?) already. I drink at least 1 L of water from it daily. Will I suffer any effects? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Dec 18, 2014 - 11 answers

New apartment seems mold-prone

I moved during the summer and have noticed that my new place seems to attract mold at a higher rate than other places I've lived. I'm wondering if these things should be a cause for concern, or if these are just normal things given the specific situations. [more inside]
posted by offrecord on Oct 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Ate two moldy muffins, because I'm an idiot. How much danger am I in?

I've gotten hooked on the bran muffins from Vons/Pavillions, and I always start my day with one. Yesterday there was some mold on one, and I just cut it off and ate it. Today I did the same, but then I did a quick Google search and found out there are all sorts of potential horrors from eating moldy bread. Now I don't know how freaked out to be. Complicating factor: I'm recovering from cancer surgery. [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Oct 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Am I within my "rights" to return moldy strawberries?

Yesterday I bought a huge (4-lb) clamshell box of strawberries from Trader Joe's. I used about a pound of them yesterday and then mistakenly did not store them in the fridge. The ambient temperature in the kitchen has been around 80F. This evening I found that most of them have mold growing on them. Would it be fair for me to return them to Trader Joe's? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Aug 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Cleaning mold from a china teapot

I accidentally left tea in my teapot, before going on vacation for a few weeks...I opened up the pot to find mold all over the surface of the tea and on the inside of the pot. Can I make it safe to make tea out of again, and what is the best way to clean it?
posted by noxperpetua on Aug 1, 2014 - 9 answers

How can I clean a moldy-smelling down comforter?

I left a damp down comforter sitting in the dryer for a couple of days, and now it has a gross moldy smell. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bobafet on Jul 28, 2014 - 16 answers

How to de-mold an air conditioner?

Hi, I have 2 window A/Cs that are pretty standard as far as those things go. They have a ton of black mold in the output fan area, and presumably within the A/C workings themselves. Is there any way to reliably get rid of this mold? Or should I simply replace them (possible, if not ideal?)
posted by the young rope-rider on Jul 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Is it safe to eat (off of) this?

This silicone spatula has post-mold spots on it, after cleaning. What are they? [more inside]
posted by Phredward on Jul 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Moldy belongings brought into clean home - is home infected?

On moving day, we discovered all of our belongings were covered in mold from water damage. We will have all of our belongings professionally cleaned (or disposed if not recoverable). Do we need to remediate the home, too? [more inside]
posted by slipthought on Jul 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Mold problem in bathroom. How to best prevent?

We are renters with a nice but somewhat slow-to-act landlord. We have a 700 sqft apartment that has one bathroom with one window but no exhaust fan. Even though we live in SoCal (dry and warm all year) and open the window and door after showering, we still get grayish-black mold growing on the ceilings and grout, and sometimes in the garbage can. We get rid of it with bleach but it always comes back. Will installing a window fan that exhausts air out (either twin or single) help this at all? Or is that a waste of money?
posted by emily37 on Jul 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Monitoring mycotoxins in the home

Is there a way for a homeowner to monitor mildew, mold and/or mycotoxin levels in a room?
posted by retiree on Jun 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Outdoor allergies, why do you torment me so?

I have allergies. I'm not sure to what, but I'm assuming it's something like pollen or mold since they seem to only really get bad outdoors. I often go to the park to run, and usually am just fine. Yesterday, however, as soon as I entered the park I felt my nose acting up. I was right, and my allergies went crazy as soon as I left the park; I couldn't focus on anything, and my day was essentially ruined. This has only happened a couple of times before in this particular park. My question is - why are my allergies usually okay when I enter this park, but once in a while go completely nuts? What can I try to keep this from happening again. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Woman Without Hat!

I have this suede Australian outback hat that I bought at a garage sale a few weeks ago, for $6. I didn't examine it closely at the time, but it reeks of mold and must, leather small, and saddlesoap from a stab at self cleaning. Can I dry clean it? Here's pictures of the hat in question: My Poor Hat, two pics of it. It's a Walkabout brand Australian hat, size small. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on May 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Weird House Smell

There's a mysterious metallic smell in a bedroom in my house. What is it and how do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by ariadne's threadspinner on Apr 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Problems discovered after due diligence but before closing. What now?

First-time home buyer here. We're about two weeks past having had a home inspection and our due diligence period. In moving furniture in the basement, the seller has discovered a water leak, effervescence and mold. See pictures below: [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Mar 29, 2014 - 36 answers

Aluminum wiring! Asbestos! Termites! Are they a big deal? What to do?

First-time homebuyers under contract for a 60-year-old house-- how serious/expensive are these problems: aluminum wiring, friable asbestos insulation, termites, undisclosed window leak causing water damage? Along with original plumbing and an old HVAC, is this a pretty standard situation that falls under the umbrella of "all houses are going to have some problems, no house is perfect" and is this the kind of stuff they mean when they say you'll be spending 1%-ish of your home value on this kind of stuff every year? Or are these costs and issues on the high side, and this is probably on top of another 1%-ish every year on other repairs and maintenance? Help us put this in perspective! (We need to decide whether to give the sellers' relocation company the right to cancel our contract by requesting repairs. And we need to figure out what we should fix and how much it'll cost if we go ahead and buy the house without repairs.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Mar 20, 2014 - 30 answers

Tell me about getting rid of mold - Desert Edition

We live in the high desert where humidity is consistently below 10%, and I bought a humidifier that was just too good at its job. Now we have mold in the bedroom, and I have no idea how to get rid of it. It's nothing like the giant patches of mold in the horror story pictures you see around the internet. We're talking scattered spots less than a tenth of a millimeter across, but they're on three of the walls and the silicon sealing around the window. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Mar 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Window condensation and mold: How to nuke it from orbit?

My Portland, OR area condo has condensation inside the windows that causes recurring mold growth. Please help me remedy this. Pic and many details inside. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Feb 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Is my San Francisco bathroom required to have an exhaust fan?

SF renter here. The bathroom in my apartment has a window but no fan. The window opens onto an outdoor space that gets little breeze. Recently in the humid weather, my shower has began to smell like mildew even though I've scrubbed it down. This SFGate article says SF bathrooms with showers or tubs are required to have a mechanical fan. Is this only for newly-built houses or does this apply to all homes? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Roofing repair... In February... In New England...

I was up in the attic the other day, putting away some stuff, and I noticed a delightfully large amount of mold going down either side of on section of the roof. Joy. The question now is exactly what to do, with a roof that obviously needs repair, in February, in New England. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Feb 10, 2014 - 8 answers

How can I prevent tea from molding or turning on my counter?

We just recently bought one of these drink dispensers. I thought we went through enough iced tea to fill it, so the two times I've made tea, I made about 2.5 gallons. Both times, the tea spoiled before we could drink all of it. [more inside]
posted by tomierna on Jan 10, 2014 - 14 answers

NYC subway trains stink, mold?

I feel sick every time I get on to nyc subway trains. The N train is constantly stinky like urine and mcdonalds and feet, that triggered my multiple chemical sensitivity badly. I noticed 7 train usually have very fresh air which does not trigger my symptoms, as well as #6 train. R train is much better than N train, and E train is much better than F train. I want to know what caused these nasty stinky trains? Are all odor caused by mold? Btw: I can't tolerate PATH smell as well. I'm so confused people in these trains seem do not feel anything. Any information or comment are welcome.
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Advice on water damage, flood, cleanup and insurance.

Our finished basement flooded thanks to a backed up sink and the iron filter discharge running. As far as we've been able to discern, our insurance does cover this. We've had a cleanup crew sent out by the insurance company. However, I've got some concerns on how it's being handled, specifically that not enough and not enough of the right work is being done. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Dec 17, 2013 - 7 answers

bathroom difficulties...

What is happening to our bathroom drywall? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Dec 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Can we eat it: talking a green streak version

We have just the right number of potatoes per person. Organic Yukon. One of them had a green streak visible through the skin -- I can't see everything that's inside, of course. Can we eat this potato? I cut off the visible green part. There is a lot of Toxic Green Potato lore out there. I just can't believe it's a big deal -- I mean, a busy sous chef would never throw out a potato for a bit of a green streak, right? or even notice it?-- but another cook in our kitchen thinks it's dangerous toxic mold. Yes, the potato was only 25 cents or something, but it would be nice for everyone to have their baked potato if there's no reason to toss it. The potatoes will be done in an hour, so thanks!
posted by third rail on Nov 22, 2013 - 13 answers

What are these stains on my pillow covers?

I have blue stains on my new pillowcases, and I'm scared it could be mildew. But I don't understand how it could have got there so fast, and I don't know what to do now. Can anyone confirm what it is, and give me ideas for what to try next? [more inside]
posted by jlibera on Nov 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Help identify a musty smell in a bathroom?

Our small main floor 2-piece bathroom has had a musty smell for the last couple of months. We can't seem to identify the source and aside from the smell there is no sign that anything is wrong. We had a plumber in and he spotted a very small amount of (orangy coloured) mould inside the toilet tank, but even after cleaning that up with MoldEx the smell has not abated. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Oct 29, 2013 - 15 answers

How screwed is my cast iron?

I've got mold in my skillet. Not a euphemism. [more inside]
posted by kafziel on Oct 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Am I a crazy hypochondriac or just a careful person?

Last night I consumed some Marijuana, which upon further inspection, seems to be rather moldy. After researching the types of mold that it could be, and the effects of that mold, I am rather worried that I may have given myself a rather dangerous fungal infection. I do not have health insurance. I need to try to figure out what to do, please help! Anyone who knows about medicine or fungi would be especially appreciated! [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Oct 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Waterproof Kitchen Cabinetry?

We have standard-issue Maple kitchen cabinets from 2008 construction. The kids had fun with our sink's spray and now we have several darker spots in the panel nearest the faucet. There are about twenty-five spots and all are smaller than a dime. They gave off no smell until I tried to rub them out with a little bleach water. Since then it has gradually increased so that now our kitchen smells like a home I helped clean out after a flood. Their appearance has not changed since we discovered them three weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Is that Jackson Pollock? Nope! It's mold!

Is it possible my moldy unit pushing my already run-down self over the edge? How much mold is too much? For how long? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Sep 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Moldy fire pit

So we have a fire pit (like this). It came with a cover, which we naturally assumed was waterproof, and left the cover on unused for about a month. We went outside tonight to start a fire and uh, the logs and bottom of the pit were completely covered with orange mold. We threw the logs away in plastic bags without touching them, and then threw some new logs on and started a fire, thinking it would kill the mold that was left. We also tried not to breathe in any of the smoke and pretty much stayed at a far away distance. Are we going to get sick? My paranoid mind is already feeling a sore throat coming on. Tomorrow we plan on cleaning it with vinegar or bleach. I assume leaving it uncovered is the best option for the future?
posted by kerri13 on Sep 22, 2013 - 8 answers

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