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Natural Mold and Mildew Removal

Natural Mold and Mildew Removal

I am very allergic to mold, and even more sensitive to bleach and other strong cleaning agents. How can I clean up mold safely?

Mold can be dangerous to your health, even if you aren’t allergic. It should be eradicated as soon as it appears. Dry out anything that is damp, such as basements (use a dehumidifier) and carpets. Fix leaks in plumbing and roofs. Wipe up spills. Vigilance will pay off! Here are the recipes that I use to kill mold. Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

  • Tea Tree Treasure
    Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I’ve used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes a very long way.
    2 teaspoons tea tree oil
    2 cups water
    Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.
    Makes 2 cups
    Preparation Time: Under a minute
    Shelf Life: Indefinite
    Storage: Leave in the spray bottle
  • Citrus Seed Extract
    The advantage of using citrus seed extract instead of tea tree for killing mold is that it is odorless.
    20 drops citrus seed extract
    2 cups water
    Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.
    Makes 2 cups
    Preparation Time: A minute or so
    Shelf Life: Indefinite
    Storage: Leave in the spray bottle

Tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are available in health food stores.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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12:01AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Thank-you for the post. One learns something new every day. Annie, I thank-you for today's lesson. I've used soap containing Tea Tree Oil but I didn't know it was a household vleaner as well.

5:54AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014


7:29AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

Very useful. TY

5:52AM PDT on Jun 17, 2014


4:05AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Thanks! This comes in handy in our tropical climate.

7:42PM PDT on May 22, 2014

Thanks for the ideas.

8:58PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Thanks. Any thing but stinky bleach.

8:45PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Good to know. I've read somewhere that you are not supposed to use bleach to treat mold.

11:15AM PDT on May 18, 2014

I had no idea I can use tea tree oil instead of bleach. Will try it on my shower next cleaning. I love the smell!

12:12PM PDT on May 16, 2014


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