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How To Know if Mold is “Good” or “Bad”

by Joslyn

What Is Mold?

  • Mold is a fungus and it grows on plants and fibers.
  • Mold reproduces once it finds a specific area and then creates allergens that irritate many functions of the human body.
  • Mold digests organic matter by releasing spores.

Have you ever noticed the green or black fuzzy stuff that grows on bread or walls? That’s mold!

How do you know if its good mold or bad mold? Is there a difference? Definitely.

What Is the Difference Between Good and Bad Mold?

Not all mold is toxic or “bad,” but indoor mold growth is never good.

All mold can cause health effects to sensitive individuals if left as it naturally grows in your home.

Then, is there such a thing as “good mold?”

There are positive ways mold has been used is a likelier statement.

How has Mold Been Used Positively?

  • The antibiotic, Pennicillin, was derived from mold and has saved many lives from deadly diseases!
  • Mold has been used to age cheeses to the perfection of taste!
  • Mold has even been used to improve the texture of wine!

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candice February 28, 2008 - 11:32 am

This web site is good, but added content would improve the site significantly.

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Joslyn March 3, 2008 - 6:52 pm

Candice,

Thank you so much for your advice!

The MoldBlogger Team is always looking for new ways to improve. =]

Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

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KAREN October 19, 2008 - 2:39 pm

MY MOLD IS ABOUT 6 INCHES AND WAS EXPOSED ACCIDENTALLY. IT IS MOST LIKELY FROM A PREVIOUS LEAK THAT WAS FIXED.

DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL TO TEST AND REMOVE IT?

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nicole March 14, 2009 - 2:09 pm

thanks so much i hope my teachers likes my notes xD

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allyanna May 17, 2009 - 11:48 am

is there good mold and i want to know now so hurry up

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Samantha davis December 5, 2009 - 11:15 pm

So we have mold growin in small amounts on are ceiling and I’m wondering because I have not noticed it for a little while if my health is at risk?

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Maggie horne October 19, 2012 - 12:51 pm

I have a stone headboard and it is devolving a greenish color. Is this patina finish or mold?

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haney August 7, 2014 - 5:48 pm

i love this website love it

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taruna September 9, 2014 - 1:49 am

it didn’t exactly tell about good or bad mold

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sue43 September 12, 2014 - 4:58 am

I am confused by conflicting solutions by waterproofing experts. Meanwhile I continue to live in the infested area. I have not had any adverse health effects but I need to stop the growth till make a decision.

What should I do?

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Gina February 16, 2015 - 11:18 am

I want to know of kilz will contain mold on a drywall. It’s not wet just black in color. Like it’s been wet with water before.

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cynthia February 17, 2015 - 7:25 pm

My daughter just ate two large pieces of moldy fudge from Christmas. Is it good or bad mold.

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cynthia February 17, 2015 - 7:26 pm

let me add that i told her she would be ungrouded if she ate the whole box or threw up

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monica May 25, 2016 - 9:13 pm

Had my stuff in storage like bedframs headbord, kids dresser,speakers and boxes of my pictures and clothing in boxes, couches ..most of it got mold on it mostly my couches threw them away ..no clothes or picture got mold ..little on my speakers but storage cell had alote of it…my question is bad for health got all my things out now…scared! Seen the side affects of mold ! Got me thinking! About my family

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