How to Kill Mold on a Tent Without Using Bleach

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How to Kill Mold on a Tent Without Using Bleach
Tents must be cleaned before use. (tent on the forest image by Galyna Andrushko from

Tents grow mould if left wet and in a dark, cool place. Vinegar and tea tree oil are natural products that do not produce harmful fumes, unlike bleach, which can also damage the fabric fibres of the tent. Since mould can be toxic, causing illness or inflaming allergies in some people, it is best to remove the mould before sleeping or using the tent. Both vinegar and tea tree oil give off a smell, but it disappears as it dries.

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Things you need

  • Empty spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Tea tree oil
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sponge or scrub brush

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  1. 1

    Fill a spray bottle with vinegar. Screw the lid on tightly.

    Alternatively, pour 6 tsp of tea tree oil into a spray bottle. Add 6 cups of water. Adjust the measurements based on the size of container you are using. Screw the lid on and shake well.

  2. 2

    Set up the tent. The mould is easier to clean on a spread out surface.

  3. 3

    Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from the mould.

  4. 4

    Spray the vinegar on the mould.

  5. 5

    Wipe off the mould with the sponge or scrub off with the scrub brush.

Tips and warnings

  • Shake the tea tree oil mix each time before you use it. The oil and water separates.

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