Clove oil is a natural antiseptic which kills mould and can be used as an alternative to cleaning with harsh chemicals. Clove oil can be purchased over the counter at pharmacies---where it is often sold to treat toothaches---or in the aromatherapy section of a natural food or health store. When used with other common alternative cleaning products, it makes an effective cleaner for bathrooms and other spaces where mould can be found.
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Things you need
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 tsp clove oil
- 4 cups water
- Spray bottle
Mix 1 tbsp baking soda with 1/2 cup white vinegar and 4 cups of hot water. Using a sponge, scrub the problem area to get an initial cleansing started.
Mix 1 tsp of clove oil with 4 cups of water. Pour solution into a spray bottle and lightly spray the area where mould is growing. Scrub away mould with a sponge or toothbrush---and rinse with water.
Spray the area with a light coating of clove oil mix and leave on surface to inhibit further mould growth.
Tips and warnings
- Tea tree oil works in a similar fashion to clove oil, and can also be sprayed on shower walls during regular cleaning to inhibit mould and bacteria from growing.
- Rinsing your shower walls and glass with a quick splash of cold water after each use can make your bathroom stay soap scum and mould-free for longer between cleanings.
- Clove oil is not recommended for use by pregnant women or by those with liver or kidney disease. It is a powerful antiseptic and can cause skin irritation when not diluted, so handle this product with care.
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