Look, I don’t want to sound too dramatic but my apartment is trying to kill me.
Over the past couple of months a new ‘flatmate’ has moved in and it’s hiding in the corners, crawling up the walls, spreading itself all over my ceilings and ruining my best shoes…and it’s not even paying any rent.
Nope, it’s not a poltergeist, it’s mould. Dirty stinking mould.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Sydney is experiencing a “perfect storm” of mould-growing conditions – prolonged rain, high humidity and poor ventilation – while Melbourne and other parts of Australia are also going through some very mouldy times.
Mould can lead a range of serious medical conditions including asthma, yeast infections, skin infections, and even anxiety and depression.
My mould problem started in the bathroom (old building, no ventilation, crappy little push up window) and very quickly moved into my bedroom and living room.
Before I had a chance to stop the mould in its tracks, I had mould all over my ceilings, up my walls and, most tragically, on some of my favourite shoes.
So last week after some serious Google research, I blitzed my apartment with a vinegar and water solution and my mould problem is temporarily under control (kind of).
But it's hard to truly eradicate mould unless you get onto it early and stay vigilant.
Here's some handy tips to help you fight the good fight against mould:
Keep your windows open.
Even though it's freezing cold outside, you need to open your windows regularly and ventilate your apartment - especially after you shower or cook up something steamy in the bathroom.
Like your favourite porno, mould loves hot, steamy conditions and it will start to spread rapidly in those areas.
My mould started in my bathroom and because I didn't act quickly enough - it spread. Now I'm obsessed with opening my window and letting the steam out ASAP.
The experts also warn against drying your clothes in your home, so try to take advantage of sunny days and hang your clothes outside and on your balcony.