I hate the stuff with a passion! We have a battle at our house with it from time to time and I’m allergic to it. So here is a basic recipes to get rid the wretched black stuff, well at least for awhile anyway. Normally at this point I would say happy cleaning but I don’t think anyone would enjoy cleaning mould. This page is still a work in progress but I hope you still find it helpful.
Mould can be toxic to humans, and be dangerous to your health even if you aren’t allergic. Many people react to mould by getting tired, depressed and have breathing difficulties or have symptoms similar to a cold or flu.
IMPORTANT when cleaning mould wear a mask and gloves and keep the area well ventilated. If you are cleaning up a mould infestation of an area greater than a square metre it is recommended that you contact a professional.
* Mould loves water and damp or humid conditions.
* Baking soda is a natural disinfectant and very mild, so this solution will clean mould without leaving behind a scent.
* Studies have shown that white vinegar kills 82 percent of mould spores, as well as viruses and bacteria.
* Studies have also shown that Tea Tree also known as Melaleca, lavender, peppermint and thyme showed some of the strongest killing power against MRSA antibiotic resistant bacteria according to studies at the Western Infirmary, UK.
Basic Mould Recipe:
10-20 drops Tea Tree essential oil
1 cup water
1 cup of vinegar
Combine in a bottle, shake often and spray the mouldy area. Do not rinse, leave for a few hours then scrub the mould with a brush. If the smell bothers you, add some lavender essential oil to the bottle.
For Serious mould:
After initial clean. Combine 20 drops of Tea Tree and water in a spray bottle with vinegar and spray area every day for 5 days, then twice a week
Bath or Shower Recipe:
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
20 drops Tea Tree essential oil
Combine ingredients and using a damp sponge or cloth scrub the bath/shower. Or if you prefer more a paste texture or for stubborn mould add some vinegar to get desired paste texture, apply to area and leave for at least 20mintes then either use a brush or cloth to wipe mould area.
Mould on Clothes: There are a few different ways to remove mould from your clothes. After you wash your clothes let them dry on the clothes line in the sunlight. Sunlight is nature's bleach. If you try one of the below methods and still find mould on your clothes you might have to try another method to completely remove the mould.
Why Mould Grows on Clothes: If you have clothes that are wet for more than 24 hours then mould can start to grow on them. The most common reason mould grows on clothes is if you wash them and then leave them wet for a long time. After you wash your clothes dry them immediately. Drying clothes outside in the sun is the best. Only put clothes away once they are completely dry. The same is true for clothes that are damp after you wear them. These need to be washed quickly or hung somewhere to dry out. Don't leave damp clothes in a wet pile or the hamper for days on end. The other main reason that clothes grow mould on them is if the air in your home is too humid. Rooms where you store clothes need to be properly ventilated. Hang clothes with some space between them in the wardrobe and don't pack them in tightly together in drawers when stored away.
Mould Destroys Clothes: If you find mould on your clothes it's important to remove it quickly. The longer mould is left on clothes the harder it will be to remove it. Mould slowly eats the organic material it's growing on, such as cotton clothes. The longer you wait to remove mould from your clothes the more deteriorated they will become over time. Mouldy clothes can begin to smell bad too.
Vinegar to Remove Mould From Clothes:
Add one or two cups white vinegar to the washing machine when washing mouldy clothes. Repeat if needed.
Dry Cleaning to Remove Mould From Clothes:
If dry clean only clothes develop mould then you won't be able to wash them yourself. Fortunately dry cleaning can be an effective method for removing mould from any clothing because of the heat used during dry cleaning.
Cleaning to Remove Mould From Clothes:
You can remove mould from your clothes by brushing the mould off then washing the clothes. Take your clothes outside the house to brush the mould and remove as much loose mould as you can. After leave the item out in the sun. The sunlight can kill the remaining mould on your clothes. Then wash clothes as usual with hot water. Afterwards hang them on the line to dry in the sun.
Lemon Juice to Remove Mould From Clothes:
Apply lemon juice on the mould stain. You can also sprinkle salt on it too for extra effectiveness. Then leave the clothes in the sun until dry, rinse them and then wash as usual.