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3 Ways to Kill Mold Naturally

3 Ways to Kill Mold Naturally

A proliferation of mold and mildew can be the hallmark of hot and humid summers. I have a friend who has green mold growing on the shoes in her closet! A humidifier might be the best help for her, but there are also three natural materials that can be used as a spray to kill mold and mildew. They are all an excellent substitute for less environmentally safe bleach.

Learn these three tricks for killing mold and mildew. One of these you most likely already have in your kitchen cupboard.

Over the years I have found three natural ingredients that kill mold: Tea tree oil (an essential oil found in most health food stores), grapefruit seed extract and vinegar. There are pros and cons of each, but all three work. Vinegar is by far the cheapest. Tea tree oil is expensive, but it is a broad spectrum fungicide and seems to kill all the mold families it contacts. The problem is that it has a very strong smell, but that dissipates in a few days. Grapefruit seed extract is also expensive, but has no smell.

Mold can be dangerous to your health, even if you aren’t allergic. Many people react to mold by getting tired and even depressed. Try to stay on top of moisture and mold as soon as either arises. Dry out anything that is damp, such as basements (use a dehumidifier) and carpets. Fix leaks in plumbing and roofs. Wipe up spills. Make sure water doesn’t escape from shower curtains. Vigilance will pay off!

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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. Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

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 about 2 cups, lasts indefinitely.

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Grapefruit Seed Extract

The advantage of using grapefruit seed extract instead of tea tree oil for killing mold is that it is odorless.

20 drops grapefruit seed extract
2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes about 2 cups, lasts indefinitely.

 

Vinegar Spray

Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can add essential oils for a more mellow scent.

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11:33PM PST on Dec 1, 2014

Valuable info thank you.

11:04PM PST on Dec 1, 2014

Good to know other mold killers besides bleach.

7:58AM PST on Nov 21, 2014

Thank you for sharing with us.Really great article
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2:05PM PST on Nov 19, 2014

I'm always more into natural ways to clean your house up. I have been having mold problems ever since I moved here, but I'll have to give these a shot. Which one would you say is most effective? I don't think I can get my hands on some tea tree oil, but probably vinegar or grapefruit I could.
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1:48PM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

It is very important to control mold in your home. Thanks for the tips.

3:47AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Thanks Annie for sharing the info.

11:38AM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

Are any of these ingredients safe to use on travertine? The walls in our shower are travertine and easy to mildew but many times I've read that natural ingredients are not safe on travertine.

9:27AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

helpful

3:22PM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

For those who still insist on still using bleach, never use more than 1 tablespoon per gallon of cool water (approx. 100ppm). Never use hot water because the active ingredients called hypochlorites are highly unstable in high temperatures and will quickly dissipate into the air. Never use more than 1T/gallon because that is too toxic, plus it won't kill mold any "deader".

11:38AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

Purification Essential Oil is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal oil that smells wonderful AND kills mold!! It purifies and cleanses bacteria in the air and neutralizes mildew and kills molds and fungus. Why you ask? Because it has a blend of Citronella, lemongrass, Rosemary cineol, Melaleuca, Lavandin and Myrle. Look up thoses oils on PubMed.org for scientific research proving the science behind them. In an ionic diffuser - this oil can be used in the home, office, or on a cotton ball and placed in the air vent to freshen the car. I am an avid user of this oil!

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