Natural methods to get rid of mold are highly effective and much safer for our families, for our pets and for the environment compared to special products available on the market, as the former doesn’t contain any chemicals.
Some of these methods are easier to put into practice than others, and may have varying smell degrees, so consider all this when you chose the right method for you.
There are two ways to use vinegar to remove mold around the house. One method consists in diluting vinegar in water to reduce the strong smell before applying to the affected areas, and the other method is to use it directly from the bottle, undiluted.
The latter is more effective as undiluted vinegar is much stronger. According to research, white vinegar can destroy up to 82% of mold spores, viruses and bacteria. Simply spray vinegar on the affected areas, leave it on for several hours, then remove the mold by rubbing with a brush. Spray vinegar over surfaces to prevent mold occurrence.
If you can’t handle the smell, simply add a few drops of essential oil. However, the strong smell of vinegar doesn’t persist more than a few hours.
Tea tree oil solution
Although slightly more expensive than other natural methods to eliminate mold, applying a small amount of tea tree oil can do wonders on mold affected areas. To get an effective solution, simply dilute two teaspoons of tea tree oil in two cups of water. Spray the solution on the mold spores without rinsing the affected area. Don’t worry about the astringent smell, it will disappear within a few days.
Citrus seed and water extract
This is one of the preferred methods because, unlike vinegar and tea tree oil, citrus seed extract (like grapefruit) is odorless. Add about 20 drops of extract in two cups of water and spray over mold affected area, without rinsing the surface.
If you want to try this method, spray hydrogen peroxide(3% concentration) over the mold affected area, allowing the solution to act for 10 minutes. Rub well and wipe with a damp cloth to remove the remaining mold spores. Optionally, mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and vinegar to remove mold, but don’t forget to store the solution in a dark place because light reduces the substance’s effectiveness.
Baking soda is another effective way to remove mold naturally. It can be used with vinegar and water, or just water. Prepare a solution of baking soda and water or water with vinegar and spray it on the mold affected area. Allow it to act, then rub the surface thoroughly and wipe with a damp cloth to remove mold traces. This natural disinfectant remove mold without leaving any smell behind.