Do you have mold in your refrigerator? Did you know that mold has toxins that cause respiratory infection and even cause cancer? Did you know that mold is a millimeter thick on the surface, but the roots grow an inch deep? Did you know that mold propagates by releasing spores that float through the air and enter your HVAC system causing issues with health? Here is an article that shows the dangers of living in a moldy house. It may be an extreme case, but mold especially black mold is dangerous.
What is Mold?
What is Mold – it is not a plant or an animal but is classified as a fungus that can provide both benefits and downfalls to human health upon exposure. Some forms of mold are utilized in medicines like penicillium, which is a life-saving antibiotic, while other molds like Stachybotrys chartarum (black mold) will have potentially harmful effects to human health.
There are various kinds of mold like Cladosporium and Aspergillus, but the most dangerous is Stachybotrys chartarumor black mold. Black mold comes in many colors:green, yellow, brown, and, yes black. Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus fumigatus, both black mold species, are green. Stachybotrys is classified as a dangerous mold because of its production of mycotoxins in the air that can cause significant health problems including difficulty breathing, fatigue, sinusitis, and even depression. After prolonged exposure to this mold even worse symptoms can develop in the body including tightening of the chest, persistent cough, nose bleeds, fever, and neurological problems.
The problem is that mold spores propagate by aerial transmission and settle on fruit and produce everywhere.Specifically, we’re talking about molds whose spores are released due to an environmental disturbance. Some of these being Aspergillus species. The environmental disturbance could be a strong wind, as is the case with Aspergillus fumigatus.
Or it could be your vacuum sucking up the dust and debris from the carpet. (Of course, Aspergillus aren’t the only spores that are released; you may have different types.
Health Effects of Mold
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. Some typical mold related sicknesses are:
- hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- allergic alveolitis
- chronic rhinosinusitis
- allergic fungal sinusitis
- lower respiratory tract problems in previously healthy children
Mold and your home
Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through food rotting in your refrigerator, open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets and can be carried indoors.
Mold will grow in places in moist ill-ventilated places, such as refrigerators, around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes with hairline cracks, or where there has been flooding. Mold will also feed on wooden beams in the attic and destroy the house structure. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. Does the cabinet under your sink or shoe rack smell bad? It could be mold. Mold is typically recognized as round furry patches and appears in various colors, typically black, grey, yellow or green.
Mold Prevention Tips
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
- Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
- Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
- Use uvFreshr Mold to stop mold
The Extent of the Food Wastage Problem
In a market research survey we conducted with 275 respondents in the USA, 56% of respondents said they experience mold in the refrigerator. While there is only one millimeter of mold on the surface, the mold roots grow one inch deep and so food must be disposed off and not salvaged if affected by mold.
In 2012, NRDC published a ground-breaking report that revealed that up to 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten. That is on average 400 pounds of food per person every year. Not only is that irresponsible—it’s expensive. Growing, processing, transporting, and disposing that uneaten food has an annual estimated cost of $218 billion, costing a household of four an average of $1,800 annually. And all this because we are not able to extend the shelf life of food because of mold.
UV light was discovered in the late 1800s that UVC light can actually be used as a UV light sanitizer with the ability to kill up to 99.9% of germs. The technology was used in the early 1900s in Europe for water purification and is still used today. Today, UVC light is used in hospitals to sterilize operation theatres, as no hospital super bug can survive UVC light treatment. Without getting too technical, a UVC light sanitizer acts by penetrating the thin wall of a small microscopic organism and destroying its nucleic acids or its DNA. US FDA has approved the use of Germicidal UV light for processing and treatment of food.
uvFreshr produces UV light at 253.7 nanometers and is powerful enough to kill germs, stop mold and deodorize from upto 5 feet away. uvFreshr is used for disinfection and deodorization of closed unoccupied places like a fridge, car, the cabinet under the kitchen sink, the bathroom, the attic, the cellar, and any place that is damp, ill ventilated and prone to mold.
uvFreshr has two products, one which produces ozone as a by product and one which does not produce ozone. The product that produces some ozone as a by product is called uvFreshr Mold and is very effective in prevention of mold and deodorization as ozone disperses very fast and oxidizes mold spores rendering them ineffective. Extensive laboratory testing showed that even in a closed space, the ozone produced by uvFreshr dissipates in 2 hours to virtual zero and lower than the FDA standard of 0.05 ppm (parts per million) for indoor medical devices. Medical devices are therapeutic for the human body while uvFreshr is not intended for use on the human body. However, uvFreshr still complies with the FDA standard for medical devices for the consumer’s safety and peace of mind. Ozone dissipates quickly into oxygen because ozone is a very unstable and oxidizes impurities giving off its extra oxygen atom to reconvert to oxygen compounds.
uvFreshrhas an infrared sensor which will delay start up or temporarily shut off if humans are present close by. Charge it once a week if you use it once daily, as battery life allows you to use it for weeks on a single charge. To charge the device, plug it with the charging cable provided, connecting it to any 110-V wall socket. The charging time for the device is approximately 2 hours.
Benefits of uvFreshr Mold
UV light causes food to look fresher for days as it causes the release of healthy phenolic anti-oxidants on the surface of fruits and produce, which are beneficial to health and can prevent cancer. Most of the food we eat and the water we drink is exposed to UVCLight primarily to disinfect and extend shelf life by killing pathogens like E.coli, Salmonella and Listeria. So, while UVlight is harmful and exposure to skin and eyes should be avoided, it has great benefits if used under controlled settings.
uvFreshr has many benefits when used to extend shelf life of food in the refrigerator:
- uvFreshr kills germs and stops mold in the fridge, reducing food wastage.
- UV-C treatment has been shown to delay ripening and reduce spoilage
- Short UV-C exposure reduced weight loss and juice leakage
- UV-C treated fruit showed a fresh-like appearance even after a few days
- Short UV-C Treatment Prevents Browning and Extends the Shelf-Life
- UV-C treated fruit presented higher phenolic antioxidants
- UV-C light treatments were effective in controlling microbial proliferation.
- UV-C light promoted a significant shelf-life extension
- Its optional one-way shield allows you to approach it safely in the open. Avoid skin & eye exposure to UV-C light
uvFreshr Mold is fully programmable
uvFreshr can be programmed to shine only at night when people are asleep, so that the closed space need not be opened for 2 hours after its operation as a safety measure. uvFreshr can be set to shine for various DURATION settings from 5 to 30 minutes depending on the space to be disinfected. There is also a delay function which allows the START TIME to occur anywhere between 0 and 23 hours after it is programmed. While once daily dosing is enough, uvFreshr can be set to shine multiple times a day and at the same times everyday. It has a large 10,000 mAh battery which will last for about a month depending on the time and frequency settings chosen. Light it and leave it! Set it to shine at night, and it will shine at the same time, every night, for weeks!Place the product close to fruits and vegetables prone to mold and set exposure timings for delicate fruits and berries in the fridge as per the chart provided in the manual.
Where to use uvFreshr Mold
You can also use uvFreshr to kill germs and stop mold in your fridge, your car, the cabinet below your kitchen sink, your bathroom, your attic, your cellar and in every damp, ill-ventilated space in the home that is prone to mold.
The product that does not produce ozone is calleduvFreshr GERM and can be used in open air to disinfect anything and is more powerful than chemical disinfectants as super bugs in hospitals do not yield to harsh chemical agents but succumb to UVC light.
uvFreshr is powerful enough to kill germs in seconds and deter mold in minutes. It has an infrared sensor which will delay start up or temporarily shut off if humans are present close by. Charge it once a week if you use it once daily, as battery life allows up to 9 exposures. To charge the device, plug it with the charging cable provided, connecting it to any 5V standard cell phone charger or to a USB port of your computer/laptop. The charging time for the device is approximately 5 hours. The charge will last approximately for 2.25 hours of usage or 9 cycles of 15 minutes each. You may attach it with the Velcro pad provided, under the cover of any box to convert it into a sanitization box, whether for jewelry, or beauty accessories, or personal hygiene products. You may attach it with the Velcro pad provided, to any surface to direct the light on the surface to be sanitized.
uvFreshr can be programmed to shine for various DURATION settings from 5 to 30 minutes depending on the space to be disinfected. There is also a delay function which allows the START TIME to occur anywhere between 0 and 23 hours after it is programmed. It has a large 10,000 mAh battery which will last for about a month depending on the time and frequency settings chosen.
Where to use UVFreshr Germ
You can also use uvFresher to kill germs and stop mold in the cabinet below your kitchen sink, your bathroom, your attic, your cellar and in every damp, ill-ventilated space in the home that is prone to mold.
uvFreshr, Better Fresher, Better Safe!