A (probably wierd) question for anyone who uses Mould and Mildew Remover

(42 Posts)
Servalan Wed 23-Jan-13 12:46:55

Hi, I have to get rid of some mildew around my windows today.

I have OCD and especially have a fear of chemicals

I want to use the Dettol mould and mildew remover (spray in the green bottle) to get rid of it, as that is what DH uses, and because I'm scared of it, I need to face my fear to move forwards.

My therapist has suggested that I do a general survey to see what people without OCD do in situations and to compare my response as part of my recovery.

So - if you were squirting stuff with Dettol mould and mildew remover, would you change your clothes afterwards? My obsessive thoughts are that some of the spray will get onto my clothes, I'll hug my daughter later, and she'll inadvertantly swallow some of the residue. However, I don't want to be indulging in OCD behaviour (changing and washing my clothes/showering) - if it is abnormal behaviour.

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to answer smile

Lexiesinclair Wed 23-Jan-13 12:50:50

I use it and I don't change my clothes after, unless some gets on. (Which you would know about).
You do need to open the windows and ventilate the area well though.

Good Luck.

OldBeanbagz Wed 23-Jan-13 12:51:52

I bought Dettol mould and mildew remover for the first time last week. I didn't change my clothes after i'd used it, nor did i shower but i did hug both my DC later that day.

Wandawingsthe2nd Wed 23-Jan-13 12:52:00

I used this yesterday and all I did was open the window after and carried on with the rest of my cleaning. I washed my hands at the end of the while cleaning session.

Good luck! Sounds like you're doing great.

Wandawingsthe2nd Wed 23-Jan-13 12:52:29


AllBellyandBoobs Wed 23-Jan-13 12:52:51

I would change my clothes if i had accidentally sprayed them directly but otherwise i wouldn't bother. I would wash my hands after use if i wasn't wearing gloves but that's all.

AllBellyandBoobs Wed 23-Jan-13 12:53:54

Oh yes, i would also ventilate the area

DeafLeopard Wed 23-Jan-13 12:55:04

I use gloves as I have dermatitis, but I wouldn't change my clothes unless I got some spilt on me.

I open the windows for about 15 minutes.

DadPharma Wed 23-Jan-13 12:59:59

I'd probably wash my hands afterwards, probably using the Dettol No-Touch dispensers we have in every bathroom, thereby ensuring they're disinfected too.

I'd only change clothing if I'd sprayed/spilled some on them, but that would be more due to rinsing-out the clothes, as Mould & Mildew remover can "bleach" the colour from clothing.

lightrain Wed 23-Jan-13 13:00:03

I'd put an old top over my normal clothes, as I've ruined a nice cardigan before getting a tiny bit of the spray on it (bleach, so turns clothes funny colour where it spots). You could do that, then take it off afterwards and you wouldn't need to worry.

Anyhow, say a tiny bit of the spray did get on you, then you hugged your daughter, and she swallowed it (all v unlikely). What would happen? Such a tiny amount wouldn't cause any issues. It would a tiny, tiny amount otherwise you'd know about it being on your clothes (plus, it soaks into fabrics). Does that help to think if like that at all?

stickylittlefingers Wed 23-Jan-13 13:00:09

well done you! Facing up to your fear and doing it anyway is very brave.

I clicked on this thread actually because I thought it might have tips on mould removal...

I would be wearing old clothes to do the spraying in, in case I sprayed myself (I have bleached things accidentally before!). I would wash my hands well afterwards because it is nasty stuff. But I would not worry about hugging the DC afterwards. And definitely yes to ventilation - I use the HG mould removal spray and it really needs wafting away, horrible stuff really, if effective.

WowOoo Wed 23-Jan-13 13:04:32

I wouldn't change my clothes, but I would certainly leave the windows open whilst cleaning and for 10 mins after.
Best of luck.

ouryve Wed 23-Jan-13 13:05:52

I open windows, wear latex-free rubber gloves and old clothes. I usually do have a shower or bath afterwards, since I tend to drop the boys at school, do any mucky cleaning work that needs doing and then have my bath for the day. If I don't I just wash my face and forearms and blow my nose. Slightly OTT but I have very sensitive skin.

CooEeeEldridge Wed 23-Jan-13 13:09:01

I don't change clothes after, it does smell very strongly though. It's also v good!

FloatyBeatie Wed 23-Jan-13 13:12:50

Hello, I use it. It has a strong smell and I don't like to get any of it on my flesh. But I absolutely wouldn't change clothes afterwards, and I wouldn't worry about residue getting onto my children.

In fact I used it in the shower yesterday and forgot to rinse it off before son had a shower, so I imagine that very dilute residue might have made contact with him. My reaction to this is to tut at myself for being slack, but not at all to be fearful for his welfare.

I hope that helps a bit. Dealing with the OCD must be tough for you. Best wishes.

ChilliChips Wed 23-Jan-13 13:13:22

I always open a window. I don't bother with gloves, but if I'm treating a high part of the bathroom I put on old clothes because if any landed on me it would bleach out the colour. And I'd wash hands afterwards, because that's what I always do after cleaning.

Good for you on getting the mildew away! Reminds me I need to have a good go at our bathroom ceiling smile .

Servalan Wed 23-Jan-13 14:29:38

Thanks so much for all the replies - haven't built up the courage to tackle it yet - but have set myself a deadline to have it done some time before tomorrow lunchtime - all your responses will help enormously with preparing myself to do it (I know that sounds ridiculous - my head is so annoying) and I know I'll be able to tackle it and work through the anxiety. Mumsnet is so fab smile

FloatyBeatie Wed 23-Jan-13 14:34:37

Let us know how you get on, won't you. And give yourself full credit and a large slice of cake for any success. smile

Poledra Wed 23-Jan-13 14:42:16

Hi Servalan. I've been on one of your threads before, so thought I'd pop onto this one and give my tuppenceworth. I'd use the spray with the window open, and I'd wear rubber gloves. I'd wash my hands afterwards. As far as clothes go, I have an old hoodie I always wear for doing chores like this which require bleach as I ruined it when it was still fairly new but getting some bleach spots on it angry So, once I'd finished, I'd change it but more because it's a manky old cardi and I wouldn't want to be seen in public in it rather than because it had the spray on it, IYSWIM.

PolterGoose Wed 23-Jan-13 20:37:45

I'm incredibly clumsy and messy so would put my painting clothes on, which have many paint and bleach stains grin

Then I take a roll of kitchen roll (Plenty is best), mould spray and a carrier bag. Spray the product, leave for a few seconds and wipe off with kitchen roll, place used kitchen roll straight in bag to avoid both bleaching more things and having to handle it again.

I don't wear gloves, sometimes apply barrier cream first, and wash hands normally once done.

Cleaning it off with kitchen roll and not a damp cloth means you leave a bit of dry residue behind which continues to bleach once job done.

I would use the spray with the window open.
I would then wash my hands.
I would not change my clothes, I would be hugging my dc.
Even if some minor residue had got onto my clothes, the fabric of the clothes would absorb it and chances of the dc ingesting it is minimal (unless they spent a prolonged period of time sucking that particular patch of clothing which they don't do smile )

All the best with it and reward yourself with a cuppa and some cake afterwards brew

bran Wed 23-Jan-13 21:01:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

specialsubject Wed 23-Jan-13 21:24:47

I would use gloves, ventilate the room and wipe it up properly. I wouldn't do it in my best clothes but I would check that the spray was facing the right way before squeezing the trigger. (I've done dafter things in my time...)

No need to shower or change clothes. Wash hands afterwards, don't breathe the spray directly, don't get it in your eyes. That is all that you need to do.

good luck with overcoming your fears. and LOVE your username. :-)

GreatUncleEddie Wed 23-Jan-13 21:53:03

Good for you OP.

I used this this morning in the shower cubicle. I didn't wear gloves or change my clothes, though you do have to be careful not to get it in your clothes as it bleaches them. I washed my hands afterwards and left the bathroom window open for a bit.

GreatUncleEddie Wed 23-Jan-13 21:54:33

So with regard to your fear that the spray will get onto your clothes - if t had you would know, because it would make a mark.

TwoKidsAndCounting Wed 23-Jan-13 21:58:58

Do you have a fear of bleach too? Because that's what the mildew remover is. I use Milton as its half the strength of normal bleach and you can use it on a multitude of cleaning and sterilising tasks! Hope this helps! Good luck!

HollaAtMeBaby Wed 23-Jan-13 22:54:30

Does your DD suck on your clothing?

I'd wear old clothes but only because I don't want anything nice ruined with bleach spots. Usually, though, I spray the shower cubicle right before I get in, take the scratchy sponge in with me and clean the tiles while I'm conditioning my hair! then finish washing myself after i've done the tiles. Would that work for you?

HollaAtMeBaby Wed 23-Jan-13 22:56:57

(I realise you are meant to be facing up to this but maybe my way of doing it would be a step along the road and at least you'd have a clean shower in the meantime!)

HollaAtMeBaby Wed 23-Jan-13 22:58:23

Oops just reread your OP and saw it's actually your windows that need doing blush

You could still do them naked though, at least from inside the house. Probably a bit cold to do the outsides naked, though it would be exciting for the neighbours grin

DoodlesNoodles Wed 23-Jan-13 23:15:07

Sorry if this has already been suggested.

Why don't you spray the remover into a contained and then wipe it on the surfaces with the mould on.

MySonIsMyWorld Thu 24-Jan-13 00:12:11

I use this product all the time everywhere in my house (rented moldy old horrbile house) and i hug touch kiss tickle pick up my ds afterwards and he is still here and so am i smile its a brilliant product please try not to worry, i will not harm you or anyone if you are carful! Good luck x

OcotoAlert Thu 24-Jan-13 00:33:39

It is strong stuff. Is it the one in a green bottle? We get lots of mould too.

I would wear gloves and when doing a big clean I generally wear clothes that were due a wash anyway, have a thorough clean of bathroom/floor etc and a hoover upstairs so be sweaty and icky - chuck clothes in wash and have a shower when finished. That's just due to feeling a bit grubby after cleaning for an hour or so though.

Valpollicella Thu 24-Jan-13 00:41:33

I have to use it in my bathroom which has no windows confused hence the terrible mildew problems.

I leave all the house windows and doors open when i do use it (other than the bedrooms)

And like another poster mentioned above I tend to be wearing my cleaning clothes (manky tracksuit bottoms and old top) as I'm always getting bleach/cleaning stuff on proper clothes otherwise! I also use latex gloves from the pound shop I can just bin afterwards (£1 for a box of 24 I think)

Go for it! You can do it. Well done for asking here for help. I hope you feel empowered enough to tackle it soon. Windows open, whilst DC is out and if you think needed, change of clothes.

Servalan Thu 24-Jan-13 13:15:52

Yikes - I've done it and am now in the high anxiety phase!

I haven't changed my clothes - I don't see any bleached out white patches on them, so hopefully that's alright.

I'm feeling a bit freaked out because I had to spray a top corner on a window above my head so sprayed upwards - but then saw droplets coming down in the air and am thinking, maybe my hair is contaminated, maybe my face is contaminated, maybe the shoulders of my top are contaminated. I'm feeling desperate to wash my hair - but don't know if that is a rational thing or OCD (if it's OCD and irrational I then I shouldn't do it - but not sure which way it's going to go).

Also, I'm mulling of the phrase on the bottle "rinse well" and am asking myself if wiping down once with wet kitchen roll constitutes "rinsing well" or if I need to be getting the surface wetter/wiping it down more times...


Thanks for helping my psyche myself up to doing it in the first place though...

CooEeeEldridge Thu 24-Jan-13 13:24:02

Well done servalan!

In fairness, I only read the bottle today and didn't realise it said to rinse off. I've just been leaving mine on and still seems to have worked well?

FloatyBeatie Thu 24-Jan-13 13:24:14

Yay! Fantastic. Good for you.

About your two questions -- washing hair and how much rinsing/wiping is enough after application:

For me, I might feel a little bit yuksome about it having got onto my hair, but not enough to want to wash my hair afterwards. If (and only if) I felt actual wetness on my hair, I might give hair and shoulders a bit of a towelling and then stick the towel in the washing machine.

I would probably give my face a quick wash if I thought the stuff had made contact with it, but I wouldn't be worried.

On windows I would think the kind of wet wiping you have done would be absolutely fine. I would only rinse more thoroughly if I had applied the stuff where food was prepared or where little fingers were constantly touching.

I hope this helps a bit to gauge what is reasonable care and what is OCD. I admire your strength in addressing all this.

Badvoc Thu 24-Jan-13 13:27:14

I use it whilst wearing disposable latex free gloves.
I don't like the smell so I make sure there is either a window or door open.
I then thoroughly wash my hands afterwards.

Badvoc Thu 24-Jan-13 13:29:01

I just spray on, and then use a wet cloth to wipe away.
I do then throw away the cloth as I really hate the smell and obv would have mould on!

Poledra Thu 24-Jan-13 13:30:47

Well done! I too think you've rinsed well enough for a window. And no, I wouldn't be washing my hair. If I thought the spray had got onto my face, I'd probably splash my face with some cold water but that's all.

Well done again smile

Winternight Thu 24-Jan-13 13:33:38

I would wear an old top and rubber gloves and open the window. I got some on my top once and as it contains bleach got a white bleach mark.
It would b visible if it was on your clothes. .

Well done.

FlipFlopFloss Thu 24-Jan-13 13:46:16

I wear old clothes for any heavy housework or when using chemicals like bleach etc. The reason is - I dont want to bleach my nice clothes not because of dirst worry.

Quite often I will get up in my PJs - clean the bathroom or whatever, then get showered and dressed - not so much to cleanse the chemicals away but its dirty work - why get showered and dressed to get mucky/sweaty (depends how much elbow grease is required). I am probably lazy though doing this. I always air the room I am using chemicals in - even on a cold day like this.

I reguarly use kitchen spray and wipes in the loo and bathroom - fully dressed in normal clothes and just wash hands afterwards. I also hug my DC in the same clothes.

Kimberleyholloway11 Sun 22-Dec-13 23:59:55

It's not weird at all I'd personally change my clothes and wash them immediately after cleaning mould to stop any spores from spreading if that makes me OCD then god help me I honestly do not see the problem in this the whole point of me trying to kill mould is to kill it permanently I love dettol mould and mildew spray it does an amazing job and works first time

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