Starting with the Basics, here are a few things you should do if you have a mold problem:
- Dry out dampness. Moisture is the number one cause of mold. Drying out damp areas of the home will help to prevent the rate of incidence. This can be done most commonly by using a dehumidifier. One can also sprinkle arrowroot powder or cornstarch over the moldy area, as this will help to absorb the extra moisture.
- Fix the leak. Fixing those leaky pipes, or that leak in the roof, will help to eliminate the water source and prevent the conditions for which mold loves to grow.
- Establish good air circulation. The best way to do this is to use fans throughout the home.
- Let the sun shine in. Let the natural light of the sun into your home as much as possible. However, in areas such as the basement, consider using a UV light if things get really bad. They’ve been known to kill nearly 100% of the mold present.
When mold is present and you need to kill it, here are some remedies you can try:
Tea tree oil is one of the best ways to kill mold naturally. You can use it straight or make up a spray for regular misting.
To make a spray, simply mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil per 1 cup of water.
Load mixture into a spray bottle, shake well to combine, and spray directly onto areas of mold. Do NOT rinse.
Mix equal parts vinegar and water.
Spray and leave for 5 minutes and wipe clean.
Then wipe with eucalyptus essential oil.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Crush 1 tbs of cloves, add to 1 cup of olive oil. Simmer for at least an hour in a double boiler, strain and allow to cool. Add 1 tsp of clove oil to a spray bottle with ½ litre of water.
To use, shake the bottle then spray over mold. Leave for 20 minutes, then wipe with a clean cloth.
After cleaning the mold spray a generous amount of straight white vinegar onto the problem areas. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, you can infuse it (check out how here).
You can keep this spray to hand in the bathroom to spray on the tub and tiles after each use. Works like a charm in the prevention department.
If you know of any more mold remedies, do drop me a comment letting me know.