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 is also great for cleaning and it is very effective at removing mold and mildew. 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. Secondly, tea tree oil is actually much, much better at preventing mold from reappearing. Bleach removes mold, but it soon returns.
How to remove mold and mildew with tea tree oil
First things first – prevention is better than the cure! The best way to combat mold is to prevent it 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 mold, here’s how to get rid of it safely and naturally with tea tree oil
Depending on the size of area of mold you are tackling, you will need:
- Pure tea tree oil
- Sponge or cloth
- Scrub brush
- Spray bottle
- 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.
- To destroy the mold, 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.
- Once all the mold is removed, lightly spray the area once again and work the spray into all the little nooks and crannies, but don’t rinse, leave the tea tree oil in place. This last step will help to prevent the mold and mildew from returning for quite some time.
Remember, prevention is better than the cure, 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 remove mold and mildew and stop it returning.
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!