Today was just a normal day of mold avoidance… which, as you know by now, is not exactly a normal day. We went shopping to buy some large water jugs and then went up to the mountains to do laundry by hand. Doing laundry by hand is a lot of hard work but it sure beats being stuck in bed.
This evening we had a mini-disaster. It was time to take showers so naturally I pulled a set of towels out of our metal cabinets. (And by the way, it’s so nice to have drawers to put things in!)
The towels were new and had never been used before. Even though I had washed them I could feel instantly that they were still contaminated. My hands got all itchy and I started to feel really anxious. Oh dear! I freaked out big time and it wasn’t long before I was sobbing about how now our van was ruined and everything was poison. The towels were poison, the cabinets were poison, my clothes were poison! The van was ruined forever!
Haha! It seems funny now but it was definitely not funny at the time. I was so panicked and confused that Brett had to remind me to decontaminate. He helped me get washed up and I started to feel better fairly quickly. Maybe things weren’t as hopeless as they had seemed after all.
Even though it was quite awful, I’m sort of glad that I had this experience and was able to see that transient cross contamination won’t ruin our van permanently. Our van is fine now. It’s a big metal box and it’s designed to be resistant to mold and cross-contamination. All we had to do was throw away the bad towels and wipe down the drawer that they were in. It’s all okay now!
Disclaimer: I’m talking about transient cross-contamination only in this post not items that have been exposed to moldy buildings for a long time. These items will still denature eventually, biotoxins have a half-life after all, but it can take many years and you definitely don’t want them in your living space. And it goes without saying that items with toxic mold growing on them should be tossed.
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