Essential Oils For Mold?
You can use several essential oils for mold and mildew removal. However, if you want to get rid of mold in the house naturally, tea tree essential oil is the best one for killing mold and mildew. Tea tree oil is well known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but it is mainly used for natural health and beauty purposes. However, tea tree oil kills and cleans off mold and mildew very effectively and it also prohibits their return for a good while afterwards.
Many folks will simply say – just use bleach… Well firstly bleach is nasty and you don’t really want to be splashing it around your walls and ceilings. Using essential oils for mold removal is safer and better for the environment. Tea tree oil is 100% natural and it’s actually much, much better at preventing mold from reappearing than bleach. Bleach removes mold, but it soon returns.
How To Use Tea Tree Essential Oil For Mold Removal
First things first – prevention is better than the cure! The best way to combat mold is to prevent it from growing in the first place. The best way to do this is to ensure fresh air is circulating and damp air can leave the room. The easiest thing to do is to remember to open a window before/after a bath or shower etc or use your built-in extractor fan. If damp air cannot leave the room, you WILL get mold and mildew sooner or later.
Assuming you already have some areas affected by mold and mildew, here’s how to use tea tree essential oil for mold removal. We will be making a 100% natural mold killing spray that can be used around the home to kill and clean areas affected by mold and mildew. This tea tree mold spray is also great at preventing mold and mildew from reappearing.
Depending on the amount of mold you are tackling, you will need:
- Essential tea tree oil
- Sponge or cloth
- Scrub brush
- Spray bottle (any old empty spray cleaner bottle will work. Just be sure to rinse it out first. You also might want to relabel the bottle as tea tree oil spray cleaner)
How to make the homemade tea tree oil mold spray
Mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of warm water, add it to the spray bottle and give it a good shake to mix. This is your basic homemade tea tree oil mold killing spray. To make the spray stronger, simply either add a little more essential oil or reduce the amount of water used.
How to kill and clean the mold
To kill the mold naturally, spray the solution on the affected areas and leave for an hour or so before attempting to scrub and remove the mold residue.
Once an hour has passed, spray the affected area once more and immediately get to work scrubbing and removing the mold residue with the scrub brush & toothbrush. Once removed, wipe down with a damp cloth to clean.
How to prevent mold from returning
Once all the mold is removed, lightly spray the area with your homemade mold spray. Once again, work the spray into all the little nooks and crannies, but don’t rinse, leave the tea tree oil solution in place. This last step will help to prevent the mold and mildew from returning for quite some time. Additionally, you can lightly spray the worst affected, stubborn areas every week or two to help stop the mold from returning
Remember, prevention is better than the cure, ventilation is key, so get those windows opened and the fans turned on. If you still have a problem, follow the steps laid out here to safely and effectively kill and remove mold and mildew and stop it from returning for a while.
BTW — there is no need to purchase the most expensive tea tree oil to remove mold. I simply used this: Tea Tree Essential Oil 100% Pure which costs just $6.50 a bottle and it works great!
Essential oils for mold and mildew… Who knew? But there you go, a naturally safer and kinder option to using bleach and other toxic mold cleaning products around your home. Give it a try!