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A Guide on saving only "SOME" of your possessions. 
Not ALL possessions can be saved.

Only items that are classified as "Non-Porous"
can be washed in an ammonia solution and saved.  

**Warning: If you try to bring ANY restricted items into your new environment you WILL cross contaminate the new home with both spores and chemical biproducts called "Mycotoxins" and it will be like you NEVER left the old moldy environment.  You'll be chasing mold your whole life and could possibly get autoimmune diseases or get cancer and die of complications of mold toxicity.


 

 Can porous items be left out in the sun and be ok?
Porous items cannot be "safely" treated, washed or kept in the sun effectively because of their "porous" nature. Mold spores gather in small spaces so that their rate of survival is highest. Once mold spores find a small enough "pore" that is safe and comfortable they lay dormant and wait for moisture to help them start to take root. Mold spore roots grow downward like a tree making them very stable on porous items. Never let anyone convince you that a machine, fogging, washing or light exposure is safe to try and save something that is porous. It simply is NOT science and is dangerous to assume. Alternatively, "non-porous" items CAN BE washed in ammonia and set out in the sun to dry. Because there are no pores there is no chance for spores to burrow into the item and as long as you expose all sides of the surface to the UV sun anything left behind would be destroyed by the sun's rays.

 Tempurature: Can Hot or Cold temperature kill mold or neutralize mycotoxin?
Temperature DOES NOT effect mold spores or mycotoxin. The only scientific evidence that toxic mold is affected by heat is at extreme high temperatures over 3000 degrees. This means that even fire doesn't destroy it. Also there is no evidence that freezing has been able to affect it either way. For this reason non porous items can be washed or soaked in any temperature.

Non-Porous Items
SAFE!!!
CLEAN IN AMMONIA & KEEP

*IMPORTANT READ FIRST: 

These items are ONLY safe if they are brought outside and washed in a 50/50 solution of ammonia and water.  DO NOT re-rinse and must be completely dry before being transferred to the new location. (any small amount of moisture WILL cause new toxic black mold).  You cannot re-expose these items again back into the moldy environment or they are considered contaminated again.

.Metal or Glass furniture

Any kind of furniture that is made of glass or metal should be washed thoroughly in the ammonia solution, rinsed, dried until moved to the new clean space.  This includes tables, funton frames, chairs, shelving, stools, carts etc.

Dishes

All dishes including glass, glazed clay, chine or porcelain are safe to wash in the ammonia solution, rinsed until moved to the new clean space. 

 

Serving Dishes/bowls
All serving dishes like bowls, pots, gravy servers, carafes, casserole dishes including glass, glazed clay, china or porcelain are safe to wash in the ammonia solution, rinsed until moved to the new clean space. 

 

Glassware
All items made of glass including jars, glasses, boxes, figurines, ash trays, dishes, bowls etc. are safe to wash in the ammonia solution, rinsed and immediately moved to the new clean space. 



Silverware
All metal silverware including everyday stainless and/or fancier silverwear for entertaining is safe to was in the ammonia solution, rinsed and immediately moved to the new clean space.

Pots & Pans
Most all pots and pans including lids can be safely washed in the ammonia solution, rinsed and immediately moved to the new clean environment.


Bakeware
All bakeware, including silicon and glazed stonewear can be safely washed in the ammonia solution, rinsed and immediately moved to the new clean environment.

Anything made of glass
All items made of glass including jars, glasses, boxes, figurines, ash trays, dishes, bowls etc. are safe to wash in the ammonia solution, rinsed and immediately moved to the new clean space. 

Lamps
Only metal, ceramic, rock, glass-based lamps can be submerged in ammonia and saved.  Do not save lamp bases made out of raw wood, particle board, foam, natural porous materials like driftwood, cotton, wool etc.  All lamp shades can be safe if they are submerged in ammonia and fully dried out in the sun. 

Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets
Most all Kitchen Utensils and gadgets can be saved unless they are made of raw wood.  Wooden spoons, rolling pins ect are examples of things you cannot keep. 


Stoves

Stoves should be fully wiped down with ammonia AFTER they have been removed from the water damaged home.  Before disconnecting it is a good idea to turn the stove on it's highest heat setting and letting it cook for a good 30-40 minutes before disconnecting and moving it outside to be cleaned with ammonia on the outside.  
Jewelry
All kinds except wood, paper can be rinsed safely in ammonia, dried and taken to the new clean environment.  The only warning is regarding watches.  It might be best to use a microfiber cloth, spray the cloth with PURE ammonia and wipe down watches to avoid ruining the watches with moisture. 
Cell Phones
Cell phones can be taken apart and use a microfiber cloth, spray the cloth with PURE ammonia and wipe down phones to avoid ruining the phones with moisture.  Make sure you take the phone apart and wipe down the inside as well and fully dry before re-assembling them. 
Flat Screen TV's.
Flat Screen TV's can be decontaminated by using a microfiber cloth, spray the cloth with PURE ammonia and wipe down the entire TV to avoid ruining the TV screen with moisture.  


Electronics & equipment
cords etc.can be decontaminated by using a microfiber cloth, spray the cloth with PURE ammonia and wipe down.  Electrical cords can be safely submerged (UNPLUGGED OF COURSE) in ammonia and set outside in the sun to dry. 
Video Games and Consoles
Can be decontaminated by using a microfiber cloth, spray the cloth with PURE ammonia and wipe down.  Game CD's can be submerged in ammonia. 

DVD's, CD's and Covers
Covers can be decontaminated by using a microfiber cloth, spray the cloth with PURE ammonia and wipe down.  CD's and can be submerged in ammonia.  
Machine Wash Clothing
Most clothing meet the "less than a 1/2 inch toxicology rule" however, sometimes people still react to their clothing after cleaning.  Try washing your clothing in 3 loads.  First load, ammonia only, two cups per load.  Then a second load of just one cup borax, then a 3rd and final load of only Epsom Salts.  This protocol seems to get rid of mold spores, neutralize mycotoxin and kill off any of the "water damaged" air-borne bacterias that get into fabrics when you have a moldy environment.  Please see our full article on prevention using ammonia HERE. If washing your clothing in 3 loads does not work and you are still either acutely reacting (itchy eyes, watery eyes, shortness of breath, dizziness, off balance, wheezing, rashes, redness on skin then you must throw out your clothing and start over.)  In our experience over 95% of people have success using the "3-load method" but there are a small 5% that it just does not work for them because they are physically more hyper sensitive and need to completely start their life over in order to stop reacting. 

Towels
Towels meet the "less than a 1/2 inch toxicology rule" however, sometimes people still react to towels after cleaning.  Try washing towels in 3 loads.  First load, ammonia only, two cups per load.  Then a second load of just one cup borax, then a 3rd and final load of only Epsom Salts.  This protocol seems to get rid of mold spores, neutralize mycotoxin and kill off any of the "water damaged" air-borne bacterias that get into fabrics when you have a moldy environment.  Please see our full article on prevention using ammonia HERE. If washing your towels in 3 loads does not work and you are still either acutely reacting (itchy eyes, watery eyes, shortness of breath, dizziness, off balance, wheezing, rashes, redness on skin then you must throw out the towels and buy new ones.)  In our experience over 95% of people have success using the "3-load method" but there are a small 5% that it just does not work for them because they are physically more hyper sensitive and need to completely start their life over in order to stop reacting. 

Ironing Boards

(Frame and Cover must be washed separate. Mold can hide between cover and frame if brought to new home)
Irons

Essential Oil Bottles

Essential oil bottles can be easily rinsed in the ammonia solution, rinsed and taken to the new clean location.  EO bottles are non-porous and the contents of most EO's are actually antifungal in the first place.


Essential Oil Diffusers

(80% of all essential oils have a high antifungal property to them which means that the inside of these machines are usually mold/mycotoxin free.  Just wipe outside with ammonia solution and save

 Most small "solid" office supplies

(not paper, stationary or sticky notes) Things like staplers, pens, pencils, tape dispensers, organizers, scissors, rulers, blades, clips and tacks can be cleaned in ammonia and saved. 


Outdoor Furniture.

Scrub with ammonia, rinse and dry in the sun.



Wedding Dresses

Ladies....the touchy subject of keeping or not being able to keep a wedding dress can be very emotional.  In order to keep it you'll have to soak it in ammonia.  (This will probably ruin the actual dress itself but Here are some ways to keep the memory of your wedding dress alive.
CHECK OUT THESE LINKS

 

Porous Items
RISKY/BORDERLINE
CLEAN IN AMMONIA OR SELL

*IMPORTANT READ FIRST

These items MAY or MAY NOT be able to be cleaned with ammonia depending on the health status of individuals in your home. They are risky items to try and recover and CANNOT be saved and brought to your new environment if anyone in your home is sick.  Please please, I cannot stress this enough, but check the symptoms list HERE.  If you have ANY of these symptoms DO NOT take any of the items below to your new place.

Real Wood furniture and anything made of wood that has "ANY EXPOSED RAW WOOD"

This does not apply to "FULLY SEALED WOOD" or "WOOD WITH FULL POLY COATING".  Beware! Check the underside of beds, dressers and other furniture as this is an area of concern and can contaminate a new home.

Wool Coats

Wool coats cannot be rinsed in water and ammonia because they will shrink, therefore the only way to clean a coat is dry cleaning but dry cleaning DOES NOT kill mold spores or neutralize any mycotoxin therefore it is a contaminated item.

 

Leather Coats

(*note: leather cannot be cleaned in ammonia due to the destruction of the leather by ammonia.  Ammonia will cause the leather to peel.  Borax can be used but does not have any scientific studies of neutralizing mycotoxin) so keeping leather items is considered risky and not recommended.

 

Leather Furniture
(*note: leather cannot be cleaned in ammonia due to the destruction of the leather by ammonia.  Ammonia will cause the leather to peel.  Borax can be used but does not have any scientific studies of neutralizing mycotoxin) so keeping leather items is considered risky and not recommended.



Padded office chairs
Any kind of padded chair has the ability to harbor mold spores and mycotoxin.  Padding and foam attract mold spores too tiny to see with the human eye and should be discarded. 


Older model TV's with vents in the back

These older versions of TV's actually have cooling technology inside them that use outside air to ventilate and keep the device from overheating.  Because it is pulling in ventilated air from it's environment and you are not able to submerge such items, older TV's should be discarded. 

 Wood Cutting Boards

Wooden cutting boards are porous wood and should be discarded as to not further contaminate a kitchen space or food with spores and mycotoxin.  Wood is used by fungi as food so they are attracted to the organic substance of trees as fuel for their survival.

Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Wooden cutting boards are porous wood and should be discarded as to not further contaminate a kitchen space or food with spores and mycotoxin.  Wood is used by fungi as food so they are attracted to the organic substance of trees as fuel for their survival.

Microwaves

Microwaves are similar to older model TV's and hair dryers.  They pull in outside air and circulate it through the applicance. Microwaves should be discarded.

Washers

Washing Machines, especially front loading machines can be sources of mold exposure and cross contamination.  If anyone in your home is sick it is not a good idea to transfer a washing machine that was once in a moldy environment to a new clean mold free house.  If people in your home are not that sick or hyper-sensitive you MAY be able to take a risk in keeping it BUT you MUST take the entire washer apart and wash each component with ammonia, completely dry each component out in the sun before re-assembling the entire washer.  Yes, it is this critical that you follow this protocol as to avoid cross contaminating your new home with mold.  Just be careful.  This is a risky move. 

Dryers

Dryers are sources of mold exposure and cross contamination.  If anyone in your home is sick it is not a good idea to transfer a dryer that was once in a moldy environment to a new clean mold free house.  If people in your home are not that sick or hyper-sensitive you MAY be able to take a risk in keeping it BUT you MUST take the entire dryer apart and wash each component with ammonia, completely dry each component out in the sun before re-assembling the entire dryer again.  Yes, it is this critical that you follow this protocol as to avoid cross contaminating your new home with mold.  Just be careful.  This is a risky move. 

Suitcases

Suitcases made of material or canvas should not be saved or cleaned, however if your suitcase is one of the newer models they might be made of just aluminum and hard plastic.  If you have a newer model made of plastic only you can submerge these "newer" models in a bathtub with 2 cups of ammonia and let them air dry in the sun and they "CAN" be kept.  Please discard material or canvas-made suitcases or especially older suitcases made of wood or cardboard or pressed board.  Those are a loss. 


Dry Clean Only clothing

Mold and Mycotoxin CANNOT be "Dry Cleaned".  Some items can be washed in cold water and ammonia and will not shrink.  If you are able to wash them in cold water and ammonia and they do not shrink you may keep them.  However, if the items you want to keep cannot be submerged in ammonia water for fear that they will shrink then they "CANNOT" be saved.  Dry Cleaning chemicals do not kill mold spores or neutralize mycotoxin. 

 curtains and bedding

Leather balls and Baseball mits

The same thing applies to leather balls and mits as does anything that is leather.  
(*note: leather cannot be cleaned in ammonia.  Borax can be used) keeping leather items is risky.Leather purses (*note: leather cannot be cleaned in ammonia.  Borax can be used) keeping leather items is risky.Leather brief cases (*note: leather cannot be cleaned in ammonia.  Borax can be used) keeping leather items is risky.Leather belts (*note: leather cannot be cleaned in ammonia.  Borax can be used) keeping leather items is risky.Leather chairs or ottomans (*note: leather cannot be cleaned in ammonia.  Borax can be used) keeping leather items is risky.grand pianos
(mycotoxins and mold spores will cause infestations inside the piano itself)upright pianos (mycotoxins and mold spores will cause infestations inside the piano itself)

Etremely Porous Items
HAZARDOUS!!!
DO NOT CLEAN KEEP SELL

*IMPORTANT READ FIRST

These items CANNOT be cleaned and CANNOT be sold to others.  You need to throw them out in tied or sealed plastic bags or put them on the street and visibly mark them "DANGEROUS OR TOXIC DO NOT TAKE".  Please do not allow others to reuse or repurpose these items because they are fully contaminated with both mold spores and mycotoxin.

Particle Board Furniture
ALL partical board furniture MUST be thrown out.  It is made of paper.  This includes tv cabinets, tables, shelves, storage cubes and units, beds, office furniture, kids furniture, desks, boxes, dressers and drawers etc.

Mattresses

All types of mattresses are extremely toxic after being in a toxic mold home.  Spores burrow themselves into the thick porous materials and begin to take root.  They release mycotoxin "inside" the mattress as well.  I know these can be expensive but your health is more important.  These include coil and memory foams as well.  Mattresses go against the 1/2 inch rule when it comes to anything of a fabric material.  Anything that is made of fabric and is over 1/2 inch thick has a huge chance of embedding spores and mycotoxins that can later be re-activated and take root in the item.
Pillows
All kinds of pillows are hazardous for the same reason that mattresses are toxic.  This would include bed pillows, decorative pillows and pet bedding or pillows.  Pillows go against the 1/2 inch rule when it comes to anything of a fabric material.  Anything that is made of fabric and is over 1/2 inch thick has a huge chance of embedding spores and mycotoxins that can later be re-activated and take root in the item.


Couches
Couches are completely porous and mold spores grow downward into the cushions. Couches go against the 1/2 inch rule when it comes to anything of a fabric material.  Anything that is made of fabric and is over 1/2 inch thick has a huge chance of embedding spores and mycotoxins that can later be re-activated and take root in the item.  In fact, keeping a couch and transferring it can actually cross contaminate and entire new home.  When throwing out couches make sure that you slice the couch all over with a box cutter or knife as well as paint on the couch "TOXIC" so that no one else makes the mistake of thinking it is a give away and contaminates their home with deadly mold spores. 

Loveseats/Padded chairs
Loveseats and padded chairs go against the 1/2 inch rule when it comes to anything of a fabric material.  Anything that is made of fabric and is over 1/2 inch thick has a huge chance of embedding spores and mycotoxins that can later be re-activated and take root in the item.  Throw these away and rip them with a knife and label them with paint or a black marker "TOXIC".

Stuffed Animals
Stuffed animals go against the 1/2 inch rule when it comes to anything of a fabric material.  Anything that is made of fabric and is over 1/2 inch thick has a huge chance of embedding spores and mycotoxins that can later be re-activated and take root in the item.  These need to be discarded and thrown away in dark plastic garbage bags. 

Baskets
Baskets are made from raw wood.  Raw wood harbors mold spores and mycotoxin deep into the porous fibers of wood and uses it as fuel or food to survive.  Anything made of raw wood cannot be cleaned, nor can it be saved and needs to be thrown away. 


 

Silk Faux Plants
Silk Faux plants are often made of fibers and materials that are extremely porous.  These fibers harbor mold spores and mycotoxin deep into the porous fibers and use it as fuel or food to survive.  Anything made of raw fibers cannot be cleaned, nor can it be saved and needs to be thrown away. 


Sponges
Sponges are extremely porous and harbor mold spores, mycotoxin and dangerous bacteria that are only found in water damaged buildings.  Anything made of sponge cannot be cleaned, nor can it be saved and needs to be thrown away. 

Foam
Foam of any kind including sponges, rubber or styrofoam is extremely porous and harbor mold spores, mycotoxin and dangerous bacteria that are ony found in water damaged buildings.  Anything made of foam cannot be cleaned, nor can it be saved and needs to be thrown away. 

Cardboard
Paper
Napkins
Paper products
Books
Magazines
Candles

Paint Brushes & Rollers
Opened Paint Cans
Opened bottles of vitamins and supplements
Yarn
Vacuums of all kinds (The vacuum was sucking up toxic mold spores and is now in the entire vacuum)Hair Dryers (Hair dryers pick up mycotoxins and run them through the entire dryer.  They are filled with mycotoxins and cannot be cleaned or saved)
Dehumidifiers (These are mold breeding grounds)
Toothbrushes
Fluffy  and Trendy Winter Boots
(Ugg-style) boots go against the 1/2 inch rule when it comes to anything of a fabric material.  Anything that is made of fabric and is over 1/2 inch thick has a huge chance of embedding spores and mycotoxins that can later be re-activated and take root in the item.  Having these on the bottom of your feet is a direct pathway to causing re-exposure to toxic mold through the feet. 


Down Feather/Puffy Coats
Fur Coats

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