Often the fungi that crop up on surfaces which are obviously gross to look at and can cause various problems for us…A nice antiseptic oil is just enough to deal with them…Anything like Clove Leaf Oil can do wonders…
There are many chemical free cleaning solutions around for all manner of jobs. Good quality micro-fibre cleaning cloths & gloves do wonders in the bathroom, kitchen and beyond, but mould is a tricky one.
If you don’t want to clean mould with toxic chemicals, there is a chemical free solution – clove oil. After hearing this tip from a consultant, some research found out more about it.
Clove Oil is an essential oil which comes in different varieties-
- Clove Bud Oil
- Clove Leaf Oil
- Clove Stem Oil
For the purpose of mould cleaning, the Clove Leaf Oil is stronger. Firstly, clean off the surfaces with a mixture of hot water, bi-carb soda and vinegar. 2 litres of hot water, 1/2 tablespoon of bi-carb and 1/4 cup of vinegar is a good place to start.
Once you have a clean surface, place a few drops of Clove Oil in to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray on to affected area, leave for 20-30 minutes and wipe clean. Immediately spray again and leave the clove oil spray on this time. Within 1-2 days, any remaining mould spores should dry and simply drop off.
Steam distilled clove leaf oil naturally contains a high potency of eugenol in its chemical composition. This plant chemical is found to be most effective in treating (and killing) mould and its spores.
How to mix up your own mould spray…
Spray a dilution of one teaspoon of clove oil diluted with 500ml of water to affected surface to clean mould and inhibit re-growth.
Best results are achieved by waiting several hours before washing/ wiping off (ideally 24 hours if possible).
More about Clove Oil…
Also use to help – As an antiseptic and pain-reliever, clove essential oil relieves toothaches, flu, colds, and bronchial congestion. But don’t try to use it straight on a baby’s gums for teething as is often suggested or you may end up with a screaming baby because it tastes so strong and hot. Instead mix only two drops of clove oil in at least a teaspoon of vegetable oil. It can still be hot, however, so try it in your own mouth first. Then apply it directly to the baby’s gums.
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