Cleaning expert is horrified to find the inside of her car COVERED in dangerous mould after leaving it covered during wet weather
- Sydney cleaning pro Anita Birges was shocked by what she found in her car
- In a video she said the Mazda hadn’t been touched for months and was covered
- No air flow and damp conditions made it the perfect mould breeding ground
- The front seats, steering wheel and floor were all covered in green mould
- Seeking help online, Anita has no idea how to tackle the situation
An organisation expert has been given the shock of her life after finding mould growing inside her husband’s old car.
Anita Birges, who heads Mise en Place Professional Organising, is on a mission to stop mould from growing in her home, but admitted she had no idea how to remove it from the Mazda.
In a video, Anita can be seen recording herself and her husband standing outside the car then shows the green mould infestation growing on the front seats, steering wheel and carpet.
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Anita Birges, who heads Mise en Place Professional Organising in Sydney, (pictured) is on a mission against stopping mould from growing in her home, but admitted she had no idea how to remove it from the Mazda
In a video posted online on Sunday, Anita can be seen recording herself and her husband standing outside the car then shows the green mould infestation growing on the front seats, steering wheel and carpet
‘This is what happens when you leave a car in hibernation during the wettest year Sydney has ever seen,’ Anita wrote online.
The car hadn’t been touched for months and was kept for Anita’s husband’s teenage daughter who is expected to start driving at the end of the year.
‘Little did we know that when we went to move it out of the driveway today that we would get this beautiful surprise,’ Anita continued.
‘To say I was completely shocked is an understatement. I have NEVER seen mould like this in my life‼️’
Since the car was left untouched after months of rain, it became the perfect breeding ground of mould due to a lack of air flow.
Anita is known for sharing how to remove mould from leather jackets, bags, blinds, kids toys and lunchboxes, but was stumped at how to tackle the car.
As mould can significantly impact your health, it’s important to leave the clean to professionals if needed, which is what Anita chose to do.
‘You know me, I’m willing to give anything a red hot go and I love finding a good DIY cleaning solution. But I am not afraid to put my hands up and say that this is way too much for me to handle and I need some expert advice,’ she said.
Seeking help online she asked other social media users for recommendations and if the car is salvageable.
The car hadn’t been touched for months and was being kept for Anita’s husband’s teenager daughter who is expected to start driving at the end of the year
Supercheap Auto’s website warns mould can be a health hazard.
‘If you find mould growing in your vehicle then it is a sign that there is an excess of moisture build up – most often due to a leaky seal around a door or window,’ it says.
‘Not only is mould smelly and unsightly, but it can also be very dangerous. Mould spores can cause severe respiratory issues, especially in children, the elderly and people who suffer from asthma and other existing conditions.
‘For these people, mould can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation.’
How to remove mould from your home:
Anita recommends first cleaning the area with a homemade solution spray followed by a ‘prevention solution’
1. To make the cleaning solution, pour equal parts isopropyl alcohol and warm water into a spray bottle
2. Apply to the area and leave on for 10 minutes
3. Wipe over with microfibre cloth
4. Next make the mould prevention solution using 10 drops clove oil, 10 drops tea tree oil and 100ml white vinegar
5. Spray the solution onto surfaces and area around the home – such as the shower, windowsills, roller blinds, etc
Source: Anita Birges/Instagram