This past week I was helping my brother clean an apartment he just moved into and when I was moving furniture I noticed that one of the window sills in a bedroom had some discoloration on it. At first, I wasn’t sure what it was and began to just wipe it with a cloth. But, then I realized it wasn’t coming off so I shined a bright light on it and realized it was mold! Yuck! Mold is toxic, something that you don’t want to be near, touch or breath in!
Dangers of Mold
Health problems from mold exposure are on the increase. One problem with being exposed to mold is that many people suffer with symptoms and they never find out that it’s due to the mold. Even doctors are often unaware of the health implications surrounding mold exposure. Symptoms can range from runny nose, headaches, rashes, fatigue, depression and memory problems to more serious health problems such as respiratory or neurological conditions. Mold exposure has also been found to be associated with cancers. This why it is important to remove mold in your home as soon as possible with any of these suggestions on how to get rid of mold naturally.
Non-toxic Solutions to Get Rid of Mold Naturally
I wanted to find out how to get rid of mold naturally and I didn’t want to use anything toxic that I may breathe or get on my skin, so I started looking up some natural options for removing mold. I found three main options that sounded good. One was using essential oils such as tea tree oil and the other ones were using vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. I like using all of these options because not only are they very effective in killing mold but they are natural ingredients I am comfortable with. Of course there is the option of using bleach and many people say they had good results with it , but that’s not natural. It’s something that I would never want to use unless it was an absolute last resort!
3 Methods for How to Get Rid of Mold Naturally:
1. Tea Tree Oil Mixture
Mix about 10 drops tea tree essential oil or a teaspoon with a cup of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle (I use this cute glass one). Spray tea tree oil mixture on to mold or dampen mold with a cloth if no spray bottle is available. Leave on for a few hours or overnight to kill mold. Once this is done scrub area with solution to remove any mold and spray again. Leave on surface to prevent mold from coming back. Optional: Finish by wiping area with baking soda if you run out of tea tree oil.
Use vinegar straight from bottle, spray on and scrub or apply with cloth. Use the baking soda mixture (below) to finish the job this helps make sure you get all the mold. It also prevents mold from returning.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide Mixture
Mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with one cup of water, put in a spray bottle or wet cloth with it and wipe on mold. Let the hydrogen peroxide stay on the surface for ten minutes or so. Wipe off with more hydrogen peroxide then use baking soda mixture to kill any remaining mold and help prevent more from returning.
Bonus Baking Soda Finish:
When you’re done using any of these methods you may want to finish up with baking soda, a natural disinfectant. Spray the area with a mixture of 1/2 tsp baking soda and a cup of water. Scrub the area clean and rinse with water. If you use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide then finish with baking soda you’ll be sure to get all the mold with this double attack on it!
*To prevent mold from returning use a dehumidifier or try to reduce dampness in your room.
Do These Natural Solutions Really Work? – My Results with Each
Tea Tree Oil
- I tried the tea tree essential oil first and I was very happy with it as this killed the mold right away. The only drawbacks to using this is it can be a little expensive although a few drops does quite a good area. Tea tree oil does have a strong smell that you have to get used to, but the smell will go away in an hour or so.
How does this work?
Tea tree oil has been found to be a very effective mold killer, it is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It’s powerful anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties kill the mold.
- I found that vinegar is also good and it is less expensive. It is antimicrobial and will kill mold. If you’re not a fan of the smell you can add some essential oils to it to leave a more pleasing scent. Studies have found that vinegar (straight 5%) kills 82 percent of mold. When you finish with baking soda this is a great way to make sure you’ll get all the mold.
How does this work?
The pH of vinegar is around 2.5 and because it is acidic, it breaks up the structure of the mold.
- This is a good option and it is a common household item that you may already have in your bathroom cabinet. It is anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-viral. I like to use the baking soda scrub for this when I’m done also, as it will be sure to get any leftover mold.
How does it work?
The hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen which breaks up the mold by oxidizing it’s surface.
Have you tried any methods that work that I should add to this list for how to get rid of mold naturally?