Mold mites.. what are they and how to get rid of them.

Mold, as undesirable as it is, oftentimes attracts even more undesirables, with one example being mold mites. We will reveal what these pests are, how you got them, and some actionable tips on getting rid of them.

Topics Covered

  • Mold Mites – What Are They?
  • What Do They Look Like?
  • Do They Pose a Threat to Humans?
  • Other Insects That Are Attracted to Mold


What are mold mites, and how did I get them in the first place?

Mold mites, as the name suggests, are mites that feed on mold. If they are present in your home, then you most definitely have a mold problem that needs to be dealt with.

For the most part, they are found near the mold source, but it’s not uncommon for them to also feed on stored food that is rich in protein and fat.


What do mold mites look like?

They mostly have a tan color, or sometimes even see-through, with their bodies covered in hair.

They are also hard to see with the naked eye because they are so small, although they are easier to spot when grouped in a large colony.


Do they pose a threat to humans?

On the bright side, they do not bite or feed on human blood. However, they can trigger allergic reactions in people.

Their bodies are covered in millions of tiny hairs that pollute indoor air when they fall off and become airborne. When these hairs are breathed in, they create the same type of allergic reactions as mold spores, such as shortness of breath, sneezing, coughing, and a sore throat.

These hairs are usually not a problem if the mites are present in small numbers, but they multiply incredibly fast considering that their population can double every 2-4 days with a reliable food source and in temperatures exceeding 68°F (20°C) with over 65% relative humidity levels.


How to get rid of mold mites

Trying to kill mold mites directly is not necessary because in most cases, all you have to do is eradicate their main food supply – mold.

On our how to remove mold page, you will find all the necessary information on removal methods and cleaning solutions.

Equally as important are preventative measures such as keeping indoor humidity in check. By doing so, you will keep mold and thus mold mites out of your living environment.

Also, it’s not uncommon for allergy symptoms to persist, even after the mites are gone. The reason being that their hair particles and even mold spores are still in your home and are being breathed in. If this is the situation you find yourself in, then you may want to vacuum your home with a HEPA vacuum cleaner and/or run a HEPA filtered air purifier.


Other bugs and insects that are attracted to mold

As mentioned, mites are not the only insects that are attracted to mold. Here are a few others.. booklice, termites, foreign grain beetles and cockroaches.

Living with bed bugs is an unpleasant situation, to say the least. Getting rid of them from most of their hiding spots is fairly easy, but things get a little tricky after they have burrowed their way into mattresses or couches. The only way to kill them then is by exposing them to high temperatures, and the best way to do so is with a steamer. Here we will show you how high-temperature steam gets the job done and review some of the best bed bug steamers you can buy.

Topics Covered

  • Bed Bug Steamer Review Table
  • Why Use Steam?
  • What to Look For When Choosing a Bed Bug Steamer
    • Portability
    • Water Tank Size
    • Accessories and Add-Ons
    • Steam Temperature
  • The Best Bed Bug Steamers
    • The Sunbeam Handheld Steam Press
    • The Conair Turbo Handheld Steamer
    • The Kiato Handheld Steamer
    • The Ivation 1800W Canister Steamer
    • The McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner

Model Description Buy
Model: The Sunbeam Handheld Steam Press
Type: Handheld
Steam time 15 minutes
Max temp: 212°F (100°C)
Suitable for: Bedding, linen, drapery, all types of fabrics.
Model: The Conair Turbo Handheld Steamer
Type: Handheld
Steam time 20 minutes
Max temp: 395°F (202°C)
Suitable for: All fabrics/garments, upholstery, mattresses.
Model: The Kiato Handheld Steamer
Type: Handheld
Steam time 8 minutes
Max temp: 221℉ (105℃)
Suitable for: All fabrics/garments, upholstery, mattresses, tiles, kitchen, bathroom, car interior, kid’s toys.
Model: The Ivation 1800W Canister Steamer
Type: Canister
Steam time 30 minutes
Max temp: 338°F (170°C)
Suitable for: All fabrics, upholstery, mattresses, tiles, kitchen, bathroom, car interior, ovens, carpets.
Model: The McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner
Type: Canister
Steam time 45 minutes
Max temp: 200°F (93°C)
Suitable for: All fabrics, upholstery, mattresses, tiles, kitchen, bathroom, car interior, ovens, carpets.

Why use steam?

Steam is a great and highly effective way of sanitizing and killing bacteria, viruses, mites, bed bugs, and even mold without the need for using toxic and harmful chemical agents. Also, bed bugs have built up a very strong tolerance to harmful chemicals, whereas they are completely vulnerable when it comes to high-temperature steam.

Better yet, steam effortlessly penetrates most surface areas to clean and sanitize much deeper than just the surface level.

It can also remove stubborn stains, grease, and even odors from a range of different materials.


What to look for when choosing a steamer

Today there’s a large variety of steam cleaners available to buy, which can make choosing the best one for your needs a little bit difficult.

Here are some things to consider when choosing one.

Portability and functionality

There are two main types of steamers to choose from – the portable handheld ones and the larger and less portable canister types. The canisters are on wheels so they can be easily moved around, but they take more time to set up. However, what they lack in portability they make up for in functionality.

Water tank size

Handheld steamers have smaller water tanks (+- 220ml), which take just under a minute to heat up and give approximately 15 minutes of continuous steam time. For small jobs, this should be fine, but for larger ones, it could be a problem because you would have to refill the tank every few minutes.

The canister steamers have larger water tanks and can therefore easily give off hot steam for 30 to 45 minutes on average, which makes them much more suitable for bigger jobs.

Steam temperature

Steam temperature is a very important factor to consider. Most steamers are capable of producing 120°F (48°C) steam which is enough to kill mold, bed bugs, bacteria, and viruses upon contact.

If the need for eliminating bed bug eggs is one of the primary reasons for wanting a steamer, then one that creates 120°F (48°C) steam won’t do.

Instead, you would need temperatures of around 300°F (149°C) to kill the eggs instantly. Fortunately, the Ivation 1800W Canister Steamer, reviewed on this page, easily exceeds that required temperature.

Accessories and add-ons

Accessories and add-ons extend the capabilities of the steamer, which is extremely useful as it allows you to clean various surfaces and materials such as tiles, tile grout, mattresses, carpets, etc. Most of the canister types include and can support these types of add-ons, but not all handheld steamers do.


The best bed bug steamers

Whether you want a steamer for general cleaning and sanitizing, or for bed bugs and mold – here are the best handheld and canister versions for what you need.

Sunbeam Handheld Garment Travel Steam Press

Not only does this steamer excel at sanitizing and removing wrinkles from fabrics, but thanks to its high-temperature steam, it also effectively kills bed bugs.

Its 300ml tank heats water to a maximum of 212°F (100°C) in a mere 45 seconds and will give off 15 minutes of continuous deep-penetrating steam. The water tank twists off easily, which makes refilling easy and quick and its base allows it to stand on flat surfaces between uses.

Things to keep in mind:

1: It has a feature that keeps the device releasing steam if you lift the trigger after pressing. This is convenient, but also dangerous because you can unknowingly engage it and you won’t know until you’ve put the steamer down and see that it’s still releasing steam.

2: The device is not cordless and has a relatively long swivel cord that measures 10 feet long. This is both good and bad – good because it gives you reach and bad because the cord is permanently attached thus prevents the steamer from being stored easily because you first have to wrap the cord around the device.

3: The steam reaches a maximum temperature of 212°F (100°C), which is sufficient for killing bed bugs. However, it’s not enough to kill their eggs.

Overall, the Sunbeam GCSBHS-100-000 handheld steamer is a high-quality product that can easily kill bed bugs by penetrating steam into mattresses, upholstery, curtains, teddy bears, and a whole lot more.

The product has dimensions of 6.88 x 5.03 x 11.22 inches, weighs 2.46 pounds, and comes with a 3-year limited warranty.


Conair Turbo Extreme Handheld Steamer

The freestanding Conair Turbo Extreme steamer is easy to use. Just fill the 230ml water tank and wait 40 seconds for it to convert the water into steam. There are also 5 steam settings to choose from ranging from delicate to supercharged turbo and LED lights to indicate when the steamer has heated the water and is ready for use.

It comes with a handy 3-in-1 attachment which includes a fabric spacer for protecting delicate fibers and trims, a silicone band for pulling taut, and more importantly, a bristle brush for extra steam penetration into fibers.

Even more impressive is its ability to reach temperatures 395°F (202°C) – which is more than enough to kill bed bug eggs upon contact, thus making it the best handheld bed bug steamer on this list.

Things to keep in mind:

1: The product has a steam on/off button located near the handle and it’s therefore easy to accidentally trigger it without knowing.

2: It has a 10 feet long swivel cord that has to be wrapped around the device when storing.

The product has dimensions of 5.6 x 8 x 13.6 inches, weighs 2.2 pounds, and has a limited 2-year warranty.


Kiato Handheld Steamer

The Kiato Handheld Steamer includes a 10 piece accessory set that allows you to use the steamer on various items such as mattresses, sofas, kid’s toys, vehicle interiors, clothing, and even floors, toilets, ovens, etc.

It has a large 450ml tank, but it’s recommended to only add 250ml water for optimal use. The water takes about 2 and half minutes to create 221℉ (105℃) pressurized steam, which is hot enough to kill bed bugs, as well as all types of bacteria on contact.

Also, it’s fairly lightweight, portable, and comes with a power cord that measures just over 16 feet long.

The product weighs just under 5 pounds and has dimensions of 10.67 x 9.8 x 6.34 inches.


Ivation 1800W Canister Steamer

The Ivation 1800W Canister Steamer obliviates bed bugs and their eggs instantly upon contact because of its scorching hot 338°F (170°C) steam.

Even better is that the steamer includes 14 accessories that allow you to sanitize and steam just about any surface area such as floors, clothing, curtains, and even greasy ovens.

Its 2-liter capacity tank takes 7 minutes to heat up and provides an impressive 30 minutes of 338°F (170°C) continuous high pressure and deep penetrating steam. Pressure can be monitored via a manometer and even controlled with the built-in pressure control switch.

The unit may not be as portable as a handheld steamer, but its wheels are rugged and smooth which allows for it to be easily and effortlessly moved over various surfaces such as laminated floors, hardwood floors, and carpets. Also, its lengthy 16.4-foot power cord and 5-foot steam hose enable it to reach anywhere.

The product has dimensions of 19.69 x 12.6 x 42.91 inches, weighs 13.75 pounds, and has a limited 1-year warranty.


McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner

The McCulloch MC1275 is called a heavy-duty steamer, and for the most part, it is but unfortunately lacks the necessary steam temperature to kill bed bug eggs upon contact.

It has a 1.5-liter capacity tank that heats water to a maximum of 200°F (93°C) in about 8 minutes. Steam exists through a powerful jet nozzle for up to 45 minutes and the handle has an optional lock that keeps releasing steam without having to hold the trigger down.

You will be able to steam clean just about any part and surface area of your home because of the 18 accessories included. Also, the 15.7-foot long power cord and 9-foot long steam hose increase its maneuverability while making it easy for hard-to-reach places.

The product has dimensions of 20.08 x 13 x 12.6 inches and weighs 12 pounds.


More information

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Electric bed bug heaters.

Heat is a guaranteed way of killing bed bugs because unlike pesticides, they cannot build up immunity to it. Here we will discuss how to kill them with bed bug heaters, and how these devices work, along with the pros and cons. We will also review two of the best bed bug heaters you can buy – the Dr. Infrared heater DR-122 and the ThermalStrike Ranger.

Topics Covered

  • What is a bed bug heater and how does it work?
  • Pros and cons
  • What can be put inside a heater?
  • The best bed bug heaters
    • The Dr. Infrared Heater DR-122
    • ThermalStrike Ranger

Model Description Buy
Dr. Infrared Heater DR-122
The large tent heater evenly distributes heat to a temperature of 120-155°F (50-70°C) within minutes. It also includes features such as an automatic timer and a thermostat.
The ThermalStrike Ranger
The heater has an internal PVC enclosure with welded construction to prevent heat loss and to stop bed bugs from escaping. It heats to a temperature of 120°F (49°C).

What is a bed bug heater and how does it work?

Modern-day bed bug heaters consist of an insulated bag that you set up like a tent, with a built-in heating element, thermometer, and timer.

Whatever items you suspect or know of to contain bed bugs gets placed within the bag. After the bag is sealed everything inside gets heated evenly, thus killing all bed bugs.


Pros and cons

The benefits

1: 100% kill rate: The heat spreads evenly throughout the bag and all items contained within while also penetrating deep into places that cannot be reached by pesticides, thus ensuring a 100% kill rate.

2: Non-toxic: Bed bug heating systems rely solely on heat and not toxic pesticides. It’s therefore a much healthier way of eradicating pests.

3: Kills bed bugs through all life stages: Chemicals have a limited effect on bed bugs, and if that’s not bad enough, it does not affect the eggs that are already laid. Meaning that soon after pesticide treatment, the eggs will hatch, and the problem will start all over again. Heat is the only way of guaranteeing that bed bugs, along with their eggs, are killed.

4: Full control over the eradication process: A quality heating system comes with a timer and thermostat.

The cons

1: Potential fire hazard: Although many of these products claim to be safe, one can never be too careful as there is always the possibility of fire which can lead to damage to property and/or loss of life. Always follow the safety guidelines of the product, and as an extra safety precaution never leave it running while unattended.


What can be placed inside the heating chamber?

What can be placed and the number of items that can be placed within the bed bug heater are limited by the size of the chamber.

In general, most household items suspected of harboring bed bugs are perfectly suitable, such as clothes, cushions, books, kid’s toys, etc. Just use your own discretion when it comes to electronic equipment because the heat can damage such devices. Electronics, especially those with LCD screens such as cellphones should rather not be placed in the chamber.

If you are fairly certain that bed bugs are in your electronic equipment, then try this instead.


The best bed bug heaters

Here we have listed the best electric bed bug heaters for sale – the Dr. Infrared Heater DR-122 and the ThermalStrike Ranger.

Dr. Infrared Heater DR-122 Bed Bug Heater

The Dr. Infrared Heater DR-122 comes with everything you will need to kill those pesky bed bugs.

The tent is sizeable at three and a half feet tall and can fit most household items with ease. It’s made from heavy-duty nylon and has industrial-grade zippers which makes it extremely durable, while also being portable and collapsible for easy out-of-the-way storage when not in use.

Inside the tent is a 2 tier steel rack that helps prevent cluttering and a quiet turbofan, both of which help prevent hot and cold spots. The product uses radiant heating which heats up to 120-155°F (50-70°C) in minutes.

Additional features include a thermostat and a timer that automatically shuts everything off once the desired temperature has been reached.

The Dr. Infrared Heater DR-122 bed bug heater also comes with a limited 1-year manufacturer warranty.

The product has dimensions of 38 x 26 x 38 inches and weighs 27 pounds.


ThermalStrike Ranger Bed Bug Heater

The ThermalStrike Ranger Bed Bug Heater has a smaller compartment size than the Dr. Infrared Heater DR-122. On the other hand, it uses a unique patented heating system and is the preferred choice among many professional exterminators at their own homes.

The tent, which measures 18″ x 14″ x 29″ inches, has an internal PVC enclosure with welded construction. This makes it perfectly sealed to prevent heat loss and bed bugs from escaping during treatment. The outer shell is made from durable 420D nylon with industrial-grade zippers. On the inside, temperatures of over 120°F (49°C) will be reached, which is enough to kill bed bugs at all of their life-stages.

Safety is of extreme importance when dealing with bed bug heaters which is why the product has been lab certified for safety. It includes a built-in timer, a digital thermometer and has been constructed from UL parts.

The product has dimensions of 18.31 x 14.25 x 7.36 inches and weighs 8.5 pounds.


More information

Handheld steamers are ideal for getting rid of bed bugs. Find out more here.

Check out the ultimate guide to bed bugs here.

Does alcohol kill mold?

In the age of covid-19, alcohol-based sanitizers do a great job at disinfecting and sterilizing, but how does alcohol perform when dealing with mold and its spores? We’ll answer this and a lot more.

Topics Covered

  • So, does alcohol really kill mold?
  • Which types of alcohol can be used?
  • How to kill mold with vodka
  • How to kill mold with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)




So, does alcohol really kill mold?

In truth, it does, but with limited effectiveness – which is why it should only be used as a last resort. Another major downside is that it does not kill mold spores. In other words, there are far better mold removal options available.

On the plus side, alcohol excels at removing most types of mold from leather goods, books, and fabrics. It also doesn’t leave surface areas wet because it dries quickly and leaves no odors behind.


Which types of alcohol can be used?

Generally, any type can be used, but for best results, stick to low-grade vodka or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).

Why low-grade vodka?

When it comes to vodka, the bottom-shelf variety will give you the best results because it’s less distilled and therefore has higher amounts of acetaldehyde, which is toxic to mold and other types of fungi.

Why isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)?

Isopropyl alcohol is commonly used as a disinfectant and antiseptic. Should you choose to use this alcohol for mold removal, then pay careful attention to the purity levels.

Purity levels generally range from 60% to 90%. One would think, the higher the alcohol concentration, the more effective it will be at killing mold, but that simply isn’t true.

Use 70% for best results. Anything less won’t be strong enough to get the job done and anything higher will cause the alcohol to evaporate too quickly before it gets to kill the mold.


How to kill mold with vodka

Materials needed: What we’ll need is a pair of gloves, a bottle of cheap vodka, a spray bottle, a dish towel, and a hard-bristle hand brush.

1: Pour the vodka into the spray bottle. There is no need to dilute with water.

2: Spray the vodka solution onto the mold area and leave it on for about 10 minutes.

3: Spray some more vodka onto the mold and gently brush the mold off with the hand brush.

4: Spray a bit more vodka and wipe it dry with a dishtowel.


How to kill mold with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)

Materials needed: What we’ll need is a pair of gloves, a bottle of 70% rubbing alcohol, a spray bottle, a dish towel, and a hard-bristle hand brush.

1: Pour some of the 70% rubbing alcohol into the spray bottle. You must use no less than 70% because anything under and it might not be strong enough to kill the mold. If you have rubbing alcohol higher than 70%, then dilute it a little bit with distilled water.

2: Spray the solution onto the mold area and leave it on for 10 minutes or so.

3: Spray more onto the mold and gently brush it off with the hand brush.

4: Spray a bit more and wipe it dry with a dishtowel.


More information

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Clean window sills.

Cleaning window sills, although an undesirable task, is a necessary one. After all, neglect your sills for long enough, and they could become a source of indoor mold. We will reveal tips on how to clean window sills with natural items such as vinegar and baking soda, as well as information on cleaning window tracks and how to keep them clean.

Topics Covered

  • How to clean window sills
  • What causes mold on window sills?
  • How to clean window tracks
  • How to lubricate window tracks




How to clean window sills

Before we show you the best way to clean window sills, we will first have to gather everything we will need. Get your vacuum cleaner, a dry microfiber cloth, and some paper towels ready. For the cleaning solution, you can use a spray bottle filled with warm water and dish soap. Alternatively, if your window sill has mold, we recommend mixing 90% white vinegar and 10% baking soda into the spray bottle and shaking it well.

Step 1 – Vacuum: Give the window sill a quick vacuum to pick up any dead bugs and loose debris.

Step 2 – Clean: Spray your cleaning solution onto the window sill and allow it some time to soak in – especially if you’re using vinegar and baking soda for mold. Wipe the surface off with a microfiber cloth. If there is dirt or mold that doesn’t easily come off, use a soft brush to scrub it.

Step 3 – Dry: Use paper towels to dry the window sill.

Bonus tip – What causes mold on window sills?

Mold on window sills is almost always caused by rainwater seeping in from the outside or condensation. If the window sill in question is in or near a bathroom, then it’s most likely due to condensation. The problem can be solved by using a dehumidifier or extraction fan in the bathroom.

If the moldy window sills are not near a bathroom, then it’s most likely that your windows are not thoroughly sealed. Have them thoroughly sealed to prevent rainwater from seeping in.


How to clean window tracks

How to clean window tracks.

Keeping window tracks clean is not only essential for proper functioning, but also for keeping mold away. On the other hand, doing so is tricky at best, which is why we will show you how to clean window tracks easily.

First, we need the proper tools for the job. Get yourself a vacuum cleaner, some baking soda, white vinegar, an old toothbrush, a cloth (preferably a microfiber cloth), some paper towels, and an old knife.

Step 1 – Vacuum: Vacuum the inside of the tracks with the proper attachment to pick up any loose dirt and debris.

Step 2 – Apply the cleaning solution: We will use baking soda with vinegar for the cleaning solution – not only will it loosen up and clean dirt, but also kill and remove any mold that may be lurking in there.

Sprinkle some baking soda evenly inside of the window tracks and pour a small amount of white vinegar over it. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes as it gets to work.

Step 3 – Brush: Brush all the dirt to the center part with the old toothbrush.

Step 4 – Remove the dirt: Pick up the dirt with paper towels.

Step 5 – Final touches: Wrap a damp cloth around a knife so that you can thoroughly clean the corners.

Step 6 – Dry: Make sure to dry the window tracks.

Bonus step – Lubricate the tracks: Apply some lubricant to ensure your window tracks open and close easily. There are a lot of options when it comes to lubricants, but we recommend a silicone-based product because it will function just as well in colder weather.

Simply add the product to a dry cloth and wipe inside of the tracks. Then open and close the window a couple of times to make sure the lubricant distributes evenly.


More information

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HEPA air purifiers are known for their ability to remove mold spores, bacteria, and viruses from the air around us, but did you know that those fitted with activated carbon filters are highly effective at removing radon gas particles too?

Topics Covered

  • How do activated carbon filters remove radon?
  • The best radon air purifiers
    • The Blueair Classic 280i
    • SilverOnyx Home Air Purifier
    • LEVOIT Air Purifier

Model Description Buy
The Blueair Classic 280i
The SilverOnyx Home Air Purifier
The LEVOIT Air Purifier

How do activated carbon filters remove radon?

An activated carbon filter can be one of the multiple filtration filters found in modern-day air purifiers. A HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter captures bacteria, viruses, and mold spores from the immediate environment, while a carbon filter captures odors and VOC’s (Volatile organic compounds) such as smoke and various gasses, including deadly radon as it passes through the filter.

Therefore, having an air purifier with both these filters running in your basement will be highly beneficial in preventing the spread of mold but also in greatly reducing the amount of radon too.

It’s important to note that a radon air purifier is not a bulletproof solution to your indoor radon problems. It’s only a good standalone solution if your indoor radon levels are at 4pCi/L or less. Anything higher than this, and your air purifier might not capture the radon gas particles fast enough.

On the other hand, if you are experiencing extremely high and very dangerous radon levels (above 4pCi/L), then a mitigation system is essential, but a radon air purifier can work in conjunction with it to greatly further lower radon levels while also taking care of potentially dangerous and pesky mold spores at the same time.


The best radon air purifiers

Ready to take a look at some of these radon air purifiers? Here we will review 4 of the best.

The Blueair Classic 280i Air Purifier for Home with HEPASilent Technology

The Blueair Classic 280i home air purifier features HEPASilent technology which combines mechanical filtration with an electrostatic charge that enables it to capture as much as 99.97% of pollutants in the air around us.

However, this feature alone is not enough to capture and remove deadly radon gas from the indoor environment, which is why they have added the additional activated coconut carbon filter that does a great job at absorbing radon and various other gasses.

You also won’t be left wondering when it’s time to change the filters because a light indicator on the box will let you know when its time to change them.

Another great feature the system has is its air quality sensor that monitors your indoor air quality in real-time, while also automatically adjusting its fan speed as necessary. Better yet, you get to control the system via your wi-fi connection with a smartphone app or even through Alexa.

The Blueair Classic 280i is also energy efficient enough for you to run 24/7 without having much of an effect on your energy bill.

This radon air purifier with all of its great features is well suited to easily cover small to medium-sized spaces between 200 and 300 square feet.

The product has dimensions of 25.5 x 20 x 12.5 inches and weighs 29.9 pounds.


SilverOnyx Home Air Purifier

The SilverOnyx home air purifier is perfectly suited for radon removal and so much more, thanks to its 5 stage filtration process. It has a pre-filter, a HEPA H13 carbon filter, an ion generator, and a UV light – so it not only captures bacteria and viruses but kills them too.

The radon air purifier is quiet, has a 5-speed fan setting, and a light indicator that notifies you as soon as it’s time to change the filter.

The product weighs 5.19 pounds and has dimensions of 10.5 x 10.5 x 16.5 inches.


LEVOIT Air Purifier

This LEVOIT air purifier may not be large but it is powerful enough to clean the air of a 1076 square foot room in a mere 30 minutes while still being silent.

It’s extremely energy efficient and has the ability to measure the contaminants in the air and adjust its fan speed accordingly.

The HEPA and activated carbon filters remove odors, smoke, radon gas, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and just about every other airborne contaminant from your indoor environment.

The LEVOIT radon air purifier weighs 17.71 pounds and has dimensions of 23 x 12 x 12 inches.


More information

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The best radon detectors to keep your family safe.

Radon Mitigation Fans.

A radon mitigation fan is not only the best and most effective way of getting rid of radon gas in one’s home, but it’s also literally a life-saving device. We will show you how to choose the best system for your needs and review some of them too.

Topics Covered

  • How to choose a radon mitigation fan
    • Noise levels
    • Fan size
    • Types
    • Energy consumption
  • The best radon mitigation fans
    • RadonAway 3″ mitigation fan
    • RadonAway 4″ mitigation fan
    • Tjernlund RMS160 sidewall mitigation system
    • Tjernlund PVC4 mitigation fan




How to choose a radon mitigation fan

Not all of these fans are created equally so there are a few things you may want to consider before choosing one.

Are radon fans noisy? Noise levels are something you may want to consider, especially if you live or will be spending a lot of time in the same room as it. Just keep in mind that a noisy radon fan is by no means a sign of a low-quality product, but if you will be spending a lot of time in the same room, you may want to get a whisper-quiet system.

What size radon fan do I need? Fans typically come in sizes of 3, 4, 6, and 8 inches. Also, figuring out the size you need will depend on several factors such as the square footage of the space it will be used in, the current radon levels of the room (this can be determined by a long-term radon test kit or a radon detector system) and the building type (for example, crawl space, basement, etc).

Generally speaking, a 3-inch radon fan will be well suited for a space of 149 square meters or less, while a 4-inch fan will be able to cover a room of no more than 232 square meters. Anything above a 232 square meter space will require a 6 or 8-inch fan.

When in doubt, call a licensed and professional radon expert to come take a look. Also keep in mind, that bigger is better than smaller because the last thing you want is a small radon fan that is unable to extract large amounts of radon quick enough.

Type of radon mitigation system: The type of radon mitigation system you choose will determine how easy it is to install. A sidewall system is the easiest as it requires no PVC pipes. A regular system relies on PVC pipes to pull the radon gas to the outside.

Energy efficiency: Energy efficiency is something that should always be taken into account – especially if you will be running the fan constantly. Luckily, there are many mitigation systems on the market that will allow you to run it permanently while having very little effect on your energy bill.


The best radon mitigation fans

Here we will review four radon mitigation fan systems. Two from RadonAway and two from Tjernlund.

RadonAway 3″ Radon Mitigation Fan

This 3-inch radon fan from RadonAway is a little on the expensive side, but its quietness, power, and energy efficiency make the price well worth it.

It’s made from white plastic, can easily be fitted onto an integral flange or duct pipe, and is well suited for both indoor and outdoor use.

Please note: The product comes with a 5-year warranty if installed by a licensed professional.

The product weighs 5.6 pounds and has dimensions of 12.5 x 12.5 x 13 inches.

Get the latest price from Amazon.


RadonAway 4″ Radon Mitigation Fan

This 4″ radon fan from RadonAway meets every electrical code requirement and is well suited for both residential and commercial use.

Better yet, the motor is thermally protected, sealed to prevent radon leakage, extremely energy-efficient, and super quiet.

The product weighs just under 4 pounds and has dimensions of 9.7 x 9.7 x 8.5 inches.

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Tjernlund RMS160 Sidewall Mitigation System

he Tjernlund RMS160 radon fan eliminates the need for running PVC pipes because the system expels radon air through the basement wall.

On the downside, the fan, although high quality, is a bit noisy so you may want to avoid installing it near living spaces.

Your purchase includes the fan, a protective exterior casing, and an installer purchased PVC pipe.

The product weighs 16 pounds and has dimensions of 17.9 x 14.2 x 12.6 inches.

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Tjernlund PVC4 Mitigation Fan

This sidewall radon mitigation system from Tjernlund is the most affordable item on the list and does not compromise on quality or efficiency either.

The system includes a low-watt fan that is permanently lubricated and extremely quiet, a sealed and galvanized exterior hood, and an installer-purchased PVC pipe.

The mitigation system also comes with a lengthy 6-foot long power cord, is easy to install, and connects to a 4″ PVC pipe.

The product has dimensions of 6.8 x 6.5 x 6.4 inches and weighs just under 3 pounds.

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The Best Radon Detectors

Radon test kits are great, but they do not continuously monitor deadly radioactive gasses within your home. After all, gas levels fluctuate daily so monitoring indoor air quality 24/7 with realtime updates is a far better option, especially if you reside in a part of the US that experiences high levels of radon. Here we will review some of the best home radon detectors and answer some commonly asked questions about them.

Topics Covered

  • What is a radon detector?
  • Where to place the detector
  • The best radon detectors
    • The Radon Eye RD200 Ecosense
    • Multi-room monitor from Airthings
    • Corentium Radon Detector by Airthings
    • Safety Siren Pro 4 Seriesr




What is a radon detector?

A radon detector, as the name suggests, detects radon levels at your home or business.

It differs from a test kit. The difference is that a test kit collects the gas atoms over a certain period, and gets sent to a lab where it will be analyzed and then you get those results back. A detector stays in your home and constantly monitors radon levels, which you can access any time in realtime. A detector system can also trigger an alarm or send notifications to your smartphone when and if these gasses reach dangerous levels.


Where to place the detector

Radon detector placement matters a lot, and it’s strongly recommended that you install it in the lowest liveable part of your home. This will usually be the ground floor or basement.

Also, make sure that the detector isn’t anywhere near doors or windows, because even the slightest breeze can dissipate the gasses and result in inaccurate readings.

Another important factor to consider is humidity levels. Too much humidity can give false readings, so if the area you want to install it in experiences high humidity you might want to get yourself a good dehumidifier system too.


The best radon detectors

The Radon Eye RD200 Ecosense

The Radon Eye RD200 is easy-to-use because all you have to do is place it where you want it and plug it in.

It also happens to be the most accurate radon detector on the market because it’s 10x more sensitive than the competitors. Your first results will be available after the first hour of activating it and will continue taking readings 30 times each hour. The data it collects can be accessed at any time via a smartphone app where the data will be displayed with easy to understand charts and graphs.

Also, the system is set to send you emergency alerts only when it detects levels reaching 4 pCi/L (as per EPA recommendation) or higher.

The product weighs 8.5 ounces and has dimensions of 3.15 x 3.15 x 4.72 inches.

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Multi-room radon and mold monitoring system from Airthings

If you need to monitor multiple levels or rooms in your home, then this multi-room monitoring system from Airthings is the way to go. The best part is that it not only monitors your home for radon levels but also for mold spores, various volatile organic compounds, humidity, and temperature.

The system, although consisting of multiple components, is easy to set-up. The Wave unit is a smart radon detector and the Wave Mini monitors for mold spores and various other air impurities, while also continuously checking indoor temperatures and humidity. The Hub device is where all of these components connect to. Connect the Hub to the internet and it will display all of the data straight to your iOS or Android smartphone.

Smart home integration is also easy and by doing so you can create customized alerts, control the system with voice commands, automate the use of air purifiers and dehumidifiers, get measurements on demand, and a whole lot more. It also easily connects to Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT.

Your purchase includes the Airthings hub, ethernet cable, Wave 2nd Gen, Wave Mini, a power supply adaptor, a mounting bracket, a 12-month warranty, and customer support.

The product weighs just under 3 pounds and has dimensions of 6.5 x 8.1 x 5.1 inches.

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Portable Corentium Radon Detector by Airthings

The portable Corentium radon detector from Airthings is undoubtedly the highest quality battery-operated radon detector on the market. It also requires no installation as you can simply place it wherever you need it.

Your first accurate report will be ready after the first 24 hours and live updates can be accessed at any time thereafter.

With your purchase, you will get the portable Airthings Corentium home radon detector, a handy quick start manual, 3x AAA batteries, and one-year customer support.

The product weighs 3.5 ounces and has dimensions of 4.7 x 2.7 x 1 inches.

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Safety Siren Pro 4 Series Radon Detector

The Safety Siren Pro 4 Series detector is made in the USA and takes continuous readings of dangerous gas levels which you can access on an easy to understand digital display panel.

Whenever it detects dangerous levels you will be notified both visually and with an alarm. You will also be notified whenever the system fails because it does a fail-safe self-test every 24 hours.

The product weighs just over 11 ounces and has dimensions of 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches.

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Radon test kits

Living with high amounts of radon in your home can have devastating health effects, but how do you test for something you cannot see or smell? With a radon test kit, of course. Here we will show you how they work, how accurate they are, and review the best short and long-term kits.

Topics Covered

  • How do radon test kits work?
  • Are they accurate?
  • Where is the best place to put a radon test?
  • How often should you test?
  • The best radon test kits
    • First Alert short-term test
    • Accustar short-term test
    • Pro-Lab long-term test




How do radon test kits work?

Short and long-term DIY radon test kits use different methods of measuring the amount of radon in the air. Regardless of the method used, results are given in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L).

It’s important to note that there are no safe levels of radon and each country has a different level that it regards as acceptable. In the US, the acceptable level is 4 pCi/L.

Short-term tests: Short term tests use activated charcoal. The atoms in the gas stick to the charcoal and are counted in a laboratory.

Long-term tests: Long-term tests make use of Alpha track devices, which works the same way as the charcoal method. The only difference is that instead of the gas atoms sticking to charcoal, it sticks to a special type of tape, which is also counted in a laboratory.

Radon inspector testing: When using the services of a professional radon inspector, they will use an electret, which is a disc that uses an electrical charge. These devices are expensive and require a trained professional to use it.


Are they accurate?

Long-term test kits (3 to 12 months) are more accurate than short-term tests (2 to 4 days). That doesn’t mean that the short-term test kits are unreliable. Just make sure that it comes from a trusted and quality brand.

The accuracy of a radon test also depends on several external factors which we will discuss here:

Airflow / breeze: Whenever testing, make sure to minimize breezes or airflow in the room for the duration of the test. This will allow the gas (if present) to naturally build-up in the space and thereby give you an accurate reading.

The season: The season in which you conduct your test matters. It’s best to test during autumn or winter because high temperatures and humidity associated with the spring and summer months can lower the amounts of radon in your home.


Where is the best place to put a radon test?

To get the most accurate reading possible, place the test on the floor of the lowest liveable part of your home, whether it is in a basement or the ground floor.


How often should you test?

Just because your radon test results were favorable, doesn’t mean that it will remain so. It’s recommended to test once every year or two. If you happen to live in a radon problem area, you may want to consider getting a detector system instead.


The best radon test kits

There are many radon gas test kits on the market, which is why we have reviewed 3 of the best – 2 short-term kits from First Alert and Accustar and 1 long-term kit from Pro-Lab.

First Alert Radon Gas Test Kit

The First Alert Radon Test Kit is not only the easiest and safest way to test for radon gas, but it is also approved by the EPA.

It’s a short-term test that makes use of the activated charcoal method. To use, simply place the test on the floor of the lowest part of your home or business and leave it for 2 to 4 days. When done, put the test in the envelope (provided with your purchase) and mail it back to the First Alert lab. The results will be emailed back to you within 72 hours of them receiving your sample.

Your purchase includes the test, a self-addressed envelope, lab fees, and clear instructions on what to do should your test results come back positive.

The product weighs just under 4 ounces and has dimensions of 8.38 x 6.5 x 8.38 inches.

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Radon Test Kit from Accustar

This radon gas test kit from Accustar gets placed on the floor on the lowest part of your home and is left for 2 to 4 days. Afterward, place the test in the included envelope and send it to the lab for analysis. You will get your results within a few days.

Your purchase includes the test, a self-addressed envelope, clear instructions, and the lab analysis fee is included in the price.

The product weighs just under 5 ounces and has dimensions of 4.69 x 4.41 x 1.57 inches.

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Pro-Lab Long-term Radon Test Kit

The easy to use long-term test kit from Pro-Lab tests for radon with alpha track technology. To use, place it at least two feet from the floor and away from windows, and leave it undisturbed for 3 to 12 months.

When done, place the test in the included envelope and send it off to the lab for analysis. Postage is paid, but you will have to pay an additional $40 for the lab analysis.

Results will be available within 7 working days.

The product weighs 2.4 ounces and has dimensions of 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches.

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How to clean bathroom mats.

Bathroom mats are essential home accessories because they prevent people from slipping and also helps absorb water spillages on the floor. On the downside, they need regular cleaning because they tend to collect stains, and more often than not, develop mold growth. Here we will answer some commonly asked questions and show you how to clean your bath mats – whether they are plastic, rubber, or fabric.

Topics Covered

  • Can I wash my bath mat in the washing machine?
  • How to clean a rubber bath mat
  • How to clean a fabric bath mat
  • How to clean a diatomite bath mat
  • How often should I wash my bathroom mats?
  • How often should you change your bathroom mat?




Can I wash my bath mat in the washing machine?

Bath mats can be washed in the washing machine, regardless of whether they are made from fabric or rubber. Check out the following section to learn how.


How to clean bath mats

The first step one should take before washing bath mats is to take them outside for a good shaking. Also, please be sure to read their labels for cleaning instructions.


How to clean a rubber bath mat

The following section applies to both rubber and plastic bath mats. We will show you how to wash them by hand and by washing machine.

How to wash a rubber bath mat by hand

Step 1: Fill your bathtub a quarter of the way with hot water.

Step 2: Next up we have to choose the cleaning products we will use. Bleach will get the job done, but due to its toxicity, we will rather be using something non-toxic and environmentally friendly – baking soda and white vinegar.

If you do not have any baking soda or white vinegar available, or still prefer to use bleach, then check out how to do so at wikihow.com.

Pour one cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar into the bathtub. Swirl it around so that it mixes properly while using rubber gloves so that you do not burn yourself and then place the rubber bath mats inside.

Step 3: Allow the bathroom mats to soak in the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes before scrubbing them thoroughly with a brush.

Step 4: Remove the bath mats and hand dry them with a towel before placing them outside in the sun or in the breeze where it will dry properly.

How to wash a rubber bath mat in the washing machine

Not many people know this, but it’s possible and perfectly fine to wash rubber bath mats in the washing machine, and here we will show you how to do that.

Step 1: Place the rubber bath mat inside of the washing machine. Add a couple of towels or some regular laundry in there too.

Step 2: Add your usual laundry detergent and put it on a gentle cycle with either warm or cold water.

Step 3: Remove the bath mat and dry it with a towel before placing it outside in the sun or in the breeze where it will dry properly.


How to clean a fabric bath mat

Fabric bath mats can be cleaned in one of two ways – by hand or by washing machine. The following information also applies to memory foam, cotton, chenille, nylon, and microfiber bath mats. Also, if you’re not sure if you should hand wash or machine wash, then check the label.

How to wash a fabric bath mat by hand

Step 1: Fill the bathtub a quarter of the way with warm water.

Step 2: Add half a cup of white vinegar and a full cup of baking soda to the water and place the mats inside. Leave it to soak for 10 minutes as this will allow the baking soda and vinegar to kill mold and its spores.

Step 3: Add some laundry soap and scrub the mats on both sides with a scrubbing brush. Pay extra attention to stains and mold spots.

Step 4: Rinse the bath mats off thoroughly with clean, cold water.

Step 5: Place the mats outside in the shade until they are dry.

How to wash a fabric bath mat in the washing machine

Step 1: Place your bath mats inside of the washing machine and add some towels that you need to be washed too.

Step 2: Add your usual laundry detergent. If your bath mats have visible mold growth then add a cup of white vinegar along with it, before starting the washing machine on a gentle cycle with warm water. The gentle cycle setting is important – especially if your bath mat has a rubber backing because rough cycles can damage the backing.

Step 3: When done washing, place your bath mats either in the dryer or outside in the shade for them to dry. Having them out in the sun will make them dry quicker, but the color will eventually start to fade. Also, if they have rubber backings then it may be best to avoid the dryer.


How to clean a diatomite bath mat

Diatomite bath mats are becoming increasingly popular because they are 100% organic, super absorbent, and require far less cleaning than other regular types of bath mats.

But how do you clean something that is made from plant fibers and diatomaceous earth?

Step 1: Cleaning a diatomite bath mat all over is not necessary as its best to only focus on the stains. To remove a stain, wipe the affected area with a wet cloth or a brush. If that doesn’t work, then sand the stain down with fine sandpaper. But whatever you do, never use any cleaning detergents.

Step 2: If you’ve wet the mat during the cleaning process or want to dry it out after it has absorbed too much water in the bathroom, simply place it outside in the shade (preferably where there is a breeze) for a few hours. Never leave it out in the sun as it can cause the mat to crack and become brittle.


How often should I wash my bathroom mats?

Bathroom mats are breeding grounds for mold and bacteria, yet most people will only start considering washing them once they are heavily stained, have visible mold growth, or start emitting odors.

So how often should one wash their bathroom mats?

Well, it all depends on how many people use that particular bathroom. If it’s one or two people then once every two weeks should be sufficient. On the other hand, if there are more than two people (for example, if you have kids), then it’s recommended to wash them once a week.


How often should you change your bathroom mat?

High-quality bath mats are designed to last and with fairly regular cleaning, they should last around 2 years. But it’s advised to change them as soon as they become visibly worn out or start collecting odors and stains that cannot be removed.


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