FAQ

  1. We enter our house through our front door which goes directly into the living room.  Wondering if we should enter through our garage…does have lots of things inside…door goes right into kitchen.   We have been taking off our shoes most of the time..shoes not allowed in Brian’s room. 
    1. Answer.
      1. If  the garage is contaminated you want to avoid coming in from there. Try to make time to clean it out. In the mean time keep an water tight box out side your front door with a weather proof mat for your shoes. It’s best to avoid having shoes indoors for the sake of mold and other pathogens. Also have a mat by your front door on the indoors side that you can just pick up and wash regularly.
  1. recommendations for living room seating…ie. what kind of chairs, etc.
    1. Answer
      1. Two options are leather furniture that is finished, and can be regularly wiped down with white vinegar ( must be finished not nubuck or sueded) or a finished polished wooden frame much like a futon whose mattress cover you can clean regularly in the wash and is less expensive. Avoid a foam mattress and opt for an organic or cotton or wool option if you can. For off-gassing  from finished leather you can wipe it down with everclear or let it sit outside in the sun for a day.
      2. For any exposed unfinished wood in upholstered furniture it’s best to finish it with a sealant like AFM safeseal if you want to dampen any off-gassing. For just finishing unfinished wood many use Elmer’s glue straight from the bottle to avoid the dust and mold spores that can collect on unfinished wood. Not wood glue just Elmer’s school glue. Elmers glue is a chemical compound not organic and won’t feed mold.
  1.   what do you use to clean your floors?
    1. Answer.

I use combo of white vinegar, water, hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol and 3-4 drops of dawn dish washing detergent if grimy, in one gallon of water. Alternatively, I use 2 caps full of thieves oil cleaner, one gallon of water, a few drops citrus essential oil and for wood floors, ½ cup of olive oil. As an aside when working wth ammonia keep in mind to work outside, or ventilate, especially for big projects and always dilute it minimum 50-50 water to ammonia. If you are sensitive use an alternative cleaning protocol or wear an appropriate pink cartridge respirator and googles.

  1. What do you use for blankets on your beds…all thin ones that can be washed? I can’t decide so I’m quite cold at night!
    1. Answer.
      1. It’s best to not spend a lot of money initially on replacing blankets, but do use hypoallergenic comforters preferably organic. These blankets are relatively inexpensive and dry thoroughly in the dryer. Try to get hypoallergenic comforters covered in 100% cotton.  Avoid down blankets for now since they are hard to thoroughly dry deep inside, can trigger allergic reactions and can harbor mold. Bed Bath and Beyond  and Target stores have thicker heavier cotton quilts that are fairly inexpensive that will suit for the coming season. They are on sale at this time.
  2. I don’t have much jewelry, but wondered how I could clean it?
    1. Answer.
      1. I sent you a video that should help. If you have expensive stones that are not red white and blue, please send to a professional jeweler for cleaning and disinfecting. The main idea with cleaning jewelry, is to avoid caustic cleaners and use soft brushes and cloths to avoid scratching or dulling the pieces.
  1. some of bureaus that remained during remediation and repair have unfinished drawers inside…one still smel almost like ozone…should we finish them?
    1. Answer.
      1. Yes, you can. One of the draw backs of ozone is the smell it will imbue on porous surfaces, molded plastics and rubber. You can first try to let it sit in the sun for a time. The smell is supposed to dissipate after a few days. You have a choice of lining it with special drawer paper or use the method I explained above. Using the sealant or Elmer’s glue. Elmer’s is a chemical polymer so you don’t have to worry about it feeding mold according to the manufacture.
      2. If you are concerned about lingering ozone in your home, you should consider an ozone detector or ozone meter. Please review this article on the pros and cons of ozone readers. I found it very interesting. It’s from a blog, typos and all, but still very informative. http://www.ozonesolutions.com/journal/category/ozone-safety/
      3. Please be cautious with ozone. The nose can’t always detect the presence if other odors are masking it or if one has adjusted to the smell. It has some harmful effects if the exposure is at a high level or if exposure is at a low level but consistent over long periods of time.  Below is a document from the EPA on ozone.
      4. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/ozone-generators-are-sold-air-cleaners#pubs
      5. Here is an article on hydroxyl radicals or Photo Catalytic Oxidizers and ozone by IAQ expert Michael Pinto of Wondermakers. I will send the specs I used to help me understand the benefits of using a hydroxyl radical machine over just ozone alone.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gsjjb4530vy86ip/michael-pinto-     hydroxyl.doc.pdf?dl=0

  1. we actually cleaned out our fireplace, it is open and we need to purchase a glass door…could this be a problem that it is open right now?
    1. Answer.
      1. If you have had the chute and fire place inspected and there is no water intrusion or mold coming from  there than it should be no problem. But if you are in doubt then get 6mm plastic from Home Depot and seal the space up. Again this space should have been inspected since fireplaces are a common entry point for water if the pointing between the bricks are weak or damaged. Send me more details on this matter so I can further assist.
  1. odor of ammonia so strong…next best solution to use? starting cleaning pots and pans and finally the attachments to the vacuum?
    1. Answer.
      1. If it’s too strong even after you have diluted the ammonia then consider using it outdoors or ventilating appropriately when cleaning.  Always wear a respirator with pink cartridges and gloves for cleaning with strong cleaners. You can always let your dishwasher do the cleaning for you by pouring a cupful of it in before running it. Make sure to not use any other detergent in the dishwasher. You can combine ammonia with white vinegar with no problems but never with bleach or products containing chlorine. Avoid ammonia if you have respiratory problems.
      2. Thieves oil or thieves oil cleaner can be very effective. You can buy it from your local Young Living representative. But it’s gobs more expensive. You can make your own with thieves oil and Castile soap, but it’s a bit of a hassle.
      3. White vinegar, borax, baking soda, are all great against mold. Ammonia is strongest. Remember to use the non-sudsing kind
      4. Here is a good link on working with ammonia. http://sustainablesuburbia.net/is-ammonia-good-or-evil/
  1. I had an earthing mat on our bed…contacted company and can’t use borax or downy, they do say to spot treat stains with hydrogen peroxide, so I thought I would wash it with hydrogen peroxide…you think that will be enough?
    1. Answer.
      1. It’s tough to say. You can test for mold on surfaces  doing the mold tap test using a Petri dish with agar. They are sold at Home Depot and EC3. They also have great products for mold other than thieves, ammonia, vinegar or hydrogen peroxide options, but are also more expensive. I think they are very effective. Here is the link to Micro Balance health products for both the mold solution concentrate and the agar plates for tap test.

https://www.microbalancehealthproducts.com/EC3_Mold_Solution_Concentrate_p/203-101.htm

      1. Tap test plates ordering site. https://www.microbalancehealthproducts.com/searchresults.asp?Submit=Go&Search=Mold+test
      2. How to do. Please understand this is not a full proof definitive test compared to HERTSMI or ERMI. But for small items it gives a good gauge of what you are dealing with.
      1. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KhD7jcrLskQ
  1. Change pajamas every night? and pillowcases? I think that’s it for now! Looking forward to speaking at 2pm
    1. Answer.
      1. When one in general successfully eliminates mold from ones immediate surroundings one will start to detoxify, especially if you are in treatment with Dr Dan’s team using detox protocols. It’s best in this instance to change clothing daily to avoid contamination. Some will react to soiled clothing,  but some might not. Because you explained your son might not express himself on this matter, than it’s best to change them regularly and wash them regularly as well. If night sweats occur, then also changing sheets will help as well.