Saturday, July 22, 2006

Fighting Mold Without Bleach - Tea Tree Oil

Other gentle alternatives to bleach include full-strength white vinegar or a tea-tree oil solution. "Tea tree oil is my favorite mold-killer because it's such a broad-spectrum fungicide," says Annie Berthold-Bond, Healthy Living Editor at and author of Clean and Green (Ceres Press, 1994) and Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

Ms. Berthold-Bond mixes two teaspoons of tea-tree oil and two cups of water in a spray bottle, and then applies it directly to the surface, with no rinsing. Its very strong odor lingers for a few days, she told Well Journal, but "I've never had a mold problem that tea tree oil hasn't killed."

Take care when using essential oils, Ms. Berthold-Bond cautions, especially if you have allergies. "Keep them away from your eyes and skin," she says, and test your tolerance before applying to a large area of a room.

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Blogger Jackie Darrington said...

I've read some places that some mold removal methods cause other problems on top of the mold ones. Is there any such side effect to this tree oil stuff?

12:34 PM  
Blogger Lolataylor88 said...

Wow! I never thought of using tea tree oil to get rid of mold. I will have to try that. Since you gave us a great tip, I wanted to let you know that sometimes mold repair can be hard for non-professionals to fix. Therefore, seeking professionals like Triton Renovation is a good idea to take care of your more serious mold problems

8:06 AM  
Blogger Soledad Feigenbaum said...

Okaaaayyy! :D This is such good news for people who are experiencing mold problems. Molds are the last thing we want to see in our house and we will just do everything to get rid of them. This tea tree oil seems to be effective and fast. I might recommend this to all my friendly neighbors. ^^

Soledad Feigenbaum

5:24 AM  
Blogger Jackie Champion said...

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