1. Clove Bud Essential Oil
Shannon Lush’s recipe for a hard surface:
a) 1/4 tsp (no more than that) Clove Bud Essential Oil in 1 litre water spray bottle, shake
b) Lightly mist the mouldy area and leave 24 hours to kill mould spores
c) Wipe with a damp rag or an old pair of pantyhose
To tackle mould in silicone Shannon says to mix bicarb and a white vinegar into a paste.
Apply with an old toothbrush, scrub a few times.
2. Tea Tree Oil
a) Mix 2 tsp (10 ml) tea tree oil with 2 cups (500 ml) water in a spray bottle, shaking vigorously to combine.
b) Spray the solution on affected areas.
c) Do not rinse the solution off.
d) Allow it to soak into the mould and reapply it if necessary.
3. White Vinegar
Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the vinegar directly onto the mould.
White distilled vinegar can kill approx. 82% of mould.
4. Baking Soda
a) Mix 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda with 2 cups (500 ml) water in a spray bottle, shaking rapidly to blend the two together.
b) Spray the mould with the solution and scrub it with a scrubbing brush.
c) Rinse with clean, warm water.
d) After rinsing the solution away, spray the area with the baking soda solution again and let it dry naturally, this will help kill remaining mould.
e) You can also use baking soda in conjunction with vinegar. Use one after using the other.
It is generally thought that the mould not killed by the vinegar can be killed by the baking soda.
Our two favourite cleaners that help prevent mould:
Sonett Orange Power Cleaner
500ml RRP $8.90
Suitable for all water-proof surfaces and I love the smell, incredibly skin friendly too. Use diluted up to 1:10 or undiluted for the really tough jobs.
SODASAN Vinegar Cleaner
1 litre RRP $8.95
Particularly well-suited to hard water areas. Removes odours, lime, water stains, and soap residue on fittings and tiles.
- Prevent mould by using the extractor fan, open the windows and doors and keep the air moving through the room. Mould likes damp, dark, poorly ventilated areas.
- Prevent mould by using a dehumidifier if condensation is present or open the windows and wipe down damp surfaces.
- Most supermarket mould ‘cleaners’ just bleach the mould so you can’t see it, they don’t necessarily kill all the spores, that’s why it comes back so quick.
- Some moulds are dangerous, if you think you have a serious problem then consult a professional.
- If you are allergic or sensitive to mould, you may develop a stuffy nose, irritated eyes, wheezing or difficulty with breathing or skin irritation.
- People with weakened immune systems, chronic lung diseases, asthma, elderly, pregnant, babies or children may be susceptible to mould.
Please note: Another reason to not have bleach in the house. Never mix bleach and vinegar or bleach and ammonia, toxic chlorine gas is released.
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