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Say Goodbye to Mold and Mildew

 

by Annie Berthold-Bond, Care2.com Producer, Green Living Channels

 

A friend once offered me a very musty, beautiful bureau.  Because the bureau was so nice, I gratefully accepted the gift, with the thought that setting the bureau in a little sun for a day or two might kill the mold.  Unfortunately, the sun didn't do the trick.  Much to my surprise, the solution I finally found was easy, used all natural materials, and removed 100 percent of the musty smell.

 

Simple Solution:

 

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!

 

* 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. 

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

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

 

* 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.

 

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