For reasons, most of my books are in long-term storage. Please help me keep them safe. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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!
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]
My first quart-sized batch of kombucha didn't look like this at all. It looked pretty normal. I'm not sure if I just need to wait, or if this is mold and I need to throw out the juice and start over, or what. Judging by these pictures, can you tell if this batch is a variation of normal, or a flop?
Just moved into a rental house. House built circa 1920. Medicine cabinet interior was completely lined with nasty old contact paper. I pulled off most of the paper. Now I'm worried about three things: 1. The paint underneath the paper is flaking. Is there danger of lead poisoning? 2. Black mold in the corner crevices under the paper. What's the best chemical for removal? Bleach solution? 3. What's the easiest cheapest way to get new shelves that will fit? PHOTOS. Any advice or encouragement is appreciated. How do I make this cabinet clean and functional?
I don't like fixing old houses. Unfortunately there is much to do in this old house. The kitchen is a contact paper festival. The rental market is tight here, so landlords don't have to care.
Is this cream-colored crystallization on top of a jar of strawberry jam mold or something else? And either way, is it still safe to eat if I spoon the stuff off? (pic)
We have a 9-year-old front-loading Kenmore washing machine that has for the last month been giving off a musty/moldy smell. We've tried everything we can think of, cannot make it go away and cannot identify the source. What's going on and what should we do? [more inside]
I'm trying to identify two separate growths I'm unfamiliar with, just for curiosity's sake. The first is a tight, cauliflower-like dome found on the base of a cut tree trunk. The second formed tiny red "spears" on a weed leaf. Pics within. [more inside]
What can I do about mold on the soil of my plum bonsai? Do I need to worry about it? [more inside]
Name That Infestation-Filter! What's growing on my in-laws' wall? [more inside]
Ewww, my summer sandals (technically a water shoe) have visible mildew or mold in them! Help me fix this. Plus, now I'm paranoid about all my shoes and I physically can't smell. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
My house has an unfinished basement. It's a terrible mess and causing enough problems for my husband's allergies (we think) that it's not even usable right now. What can we do to get it straightened out? [more inside]
Please help me get apartment management to actually fix my leak & mold ... now, not two weeks from now
Discovered a leak last night in the closet of my apartment (yeah, the same one I wrote about before). The carpet is damp, and there is some mold. Stopped by the management office twice today to ensure it gets taken care of ASAP, but am not feeling super-confident that anything will happen anytime soon. Can you sanity-check my intended next step, or suggest additional actions I should take? [more inside]
Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
I recently bought an enormous jackfruit (40lb) which needs a few days of ripening (the price was right). It has a few small mold spots. What can I do to slow down the mold while it's ripening so it doesn't go bad, while still leaving it edible? [more inside]
Please help me deal with my newly diagnosed Asthma and allergies. I know you are not my allergist. [more inside]
My new house appears to be taking "it never rains but it pours" just a wee bit too seriously. Runoff from lots of melting snow + ancient sump pump = kaput sump pump and flooded basement. And, of course, mold. Because there's too much for me to handle, plus drywall that clearly needs to be yanked, I'm starting to ask for estimates from pros. But what should I ask them? Major red flags (hard sells, etc.)? Any advice appreciated.
Bathroom Fungus/Mold Identification: Can you tell me what these little yellow tubes are? [more inside]
I want to try to rescue towels gone bad. [more inside]
My huge fancy stone-tile shower is growing mold like crazy. What can I use to clean this up that won't hurt the septic tank? [more inside]
WTF is growing out of the floor in my basement? It looks like glossy human hair and it is freaking me out.
WTF is growing out of the floor in my basement? It looks like glossy human hair and it is freaking me out. [more inside]
My watch smells. Please help. [more inside]
My sink overflowed in the middle of the night and now I'm trying to figure out how to clean it up (and prevent it from happening again). [more inside]
This is the inside of my A/C. Am I going to die? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cake pan/mold in the shape of the traditional theater comedy/drama masks. [more inside]
My apartment leaked, mold grew on the walls, and the maintenance guy just bleached off the outer layer ... right? [more inside]
How do I a) get rid of this mold in my shower and b) prevent it from coming back? [more inside]
Tomato Plants showing some mold (SoCal) [more inside]
How do I get my landlord to deal with the mold in my bathroom without compromising my living situation? [more inside]
What is the better mold & mildew prophylaxis: a steam cleaner, a dehumidifier, or something else? [more inside]
It seems that sticking cheese in the freezer would stop the ageing process, but what about keeping it in the fridge. Could I buy medium cheddar, and stick it in the fridge for a year before opening it? Anyone tried this, any mold or other problems with eating year old but unopened cheese?