Monday, August 23, 2010

Natural Mold Killers

We were blessed to receive a gently used bedroom suite for our middle son recently. The downside was that it came from relatives who have mold in their home and brought some mold with it. Mold is not a good thing for anyone to have around but son two has asthma so it is even more urgent to rid the furniture of the mold.

We started by wiping down the furniture with a vinegar water mixture to clean and disinfect. Then I started researching natural mold killers. I knew that lavendar is one natural mold killer but wanted more in my arsenal for peace of mind. These are some natural mold killers I found. I am starting with the tea tree oil spray and will report my results. In the meantime, I hope that these will help you in your fight against mold.

Natural Mold Killing Solutions:

Tea Tree Spray
2 tsp Tea Tree Oil
2 cups Pure Water

Mix in a spray bottle and spray over affected surface. Allow to dry. Tea tree doesn't smell the best but the smell will go away.

Grapefruit Seed Spray
20 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract
2 cups Pure Water

Mix in a spray bottle and spray over affected surface. Allow to dry. This mixture is recommended for showers and most effective when sprayed daily over the area.

Vinegar Spray
Pour vinegar straight into spray bottle (do not dilute) and spray affected area. Vinegar is a natural bleach so do not use this spray on areas you don't want lighter.

Borax naturally prevents mold and disinfects thus making it a great mold killer for your cloth shower curtains.

Our best result was with the Tea Tree Oil mixture.  It worked so well killing the mold and odor that my mom and dad bought some tea tree oil to treat their house as they were building it.
Please post if you have a favorite natural mold killer that you have had good results with.

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