Mold can cause many health problems. When the mold spores disperse into your home they can cause sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and other respiratory problems but also fatigue, headaches, and mold poisoning. Learning how to make a mold remover will protect your health. This DIY mold remover is not only highly effective against mold but it’s also natural so no toxic and harmful chemicals are involved. You can also replace your mildew removers with this natural solution.
Natural Mold Remover Recipe
Making mold remover at home is easy. You need three basic ingredients and a spray bottle. That’s it! This natural spray doesn’t work on mold exclusively; it also serves as a great all-purpose cleaner. You can use it on many surfaces around the house, especially around the kitchen and bathroom. However, vinegar is highly acidic and it can damage certain surfaces like marble so it’s best to test the spray on a hidden spot first.
- 1 cup of vinegar;
- 1 cup of water;
- 5 drops essential oil of choice.
In the spray, add the vinegar, water, and essential oil drops.
Shake the bottle to mix.
How To Use The Homemade Mold Remover
It may be tempting to use undiluted vinegar to clean areas that have mold growth. However, using straight vinegar can damage the surface you want to clean, as it is highly acidic. That’s why spraying the surface with the water-vinegar mixture is the better option.
You can also make the natural mold remover in a bowl, soak a kitchen sponge in the mixture, and then wipe down areas around your house that have mold.
It’s important to note that, while vinegar kills mold and prevents it from growing back, if you want to remove mold stains, you have to put in some effort into removing the stains. You can use a sponge or cloth damped in the water-vinegar mixture, depending on the surface.
Vinegar is the best natural cleaner. Not only that but it is highly acidic, which means it kills and inhibits the growth of mold and mildew. It also works wonders on mineral deposits on bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
Additionally, vinegar is a great deodorizer, removing any unpleasant smell from the room. And you don’t have to worry about the lingering smell because the smell dissipates when the solution dries. Plus, if you use essential oils, the room will actually smell nice after using a vinegar-based cleaning solution.
Why Essential Oils?
Essential oils are not only great for adding a pleasant smell to the mold and mildew remover. You will be pleasantly surprised to find out that some essential oils have anti-mold and anti-mildew properties. Just like vinegar, these essential oils can fight but also prevent mold and mildew.
While you can use any type of essential oil in your DIY mold and mildew remover if you’re only looking to add a lovely scent, we highly recommend using essential oils with anti-mold properties.
What Essential Oils To Use
Fighting against mold is easy when you’re using the right essential oils. Here are the best ones to use:
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon essential oil helps prevent the growth of mold in areas of your home that are prone to mold and mildew. Plus, the scent of cinnamon is very pleasant and it will make your home smell amazing.
Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme is not only the herb that belongs on your spice rack; it is also great at preventing the growth of mold. Furthermore, thyme essential oil purifies the air and has amazing anti-bacterial properties.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove essential oil is highly effective against mold, even against the more stubborn and more dangerous black mold. It is also an essential oil full of antioxidants, therefore it’s a great immune system booster.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil is renowned for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. This essential oil can help disinfect your home, fight off any fungal growth like mold and mildew. Bonus points – tea tree essential oil also eliminates the musty odor associated with mold and mildew.
Essential Oil Blend
If you’re not particularly fond of how the essential oils we mentioned smell on their own, you can always make a blend. Use any combination of the essential oils listed above to benefit from their anti-mold properties.
Benefits Of Making Natural Mold Remover At Home
Making your own mold remover is inexpensive. It costs less than $1 to make the mold remover spray we recommended. Compared to the cost of commercial mold removers, the homemade one definitely wins.
Another advantage of using the natural mold remover spray is the fact that there are no fumes or harsh chemicals involved. This means the odor won’t linger for hours after you finish cleaning. With the vinegar-bases mold remover, the smell goes away once the vinegar is dried out. And, if you use essential oils, the scent that’s left behind is actually a pleasant one.
The best part about using this natural mold remover is the fact that it does not only remove the mold but it also prevents it from coming back, thus making your home a healthier living environment.