5 Natural Methods for Removing Mould
August 28, 2013
By Sano Mag Staff
5 Natural Methods for Removing Mould
As we explained in this article, Health Risks of Mould in Your Home, mould is incredibly dangerous to your health and can be hiding throughout your house.

In some cases it might be visibly present, such as dotted across walls and ceilings or on bathroom tiles, or you might not be able to see the mould as it could be hiding in air ducts, carpets, basements or behind walls and in roof cavities.

Everything from asthma, breathing problems, sickness and allergies to depression, tiredness and lung damage could be a result of mould and mildew. Therefore it is incredibly important to remove mould as soon as possible.

As we explained in Health Risks of Mould in Your Home, most store-bought mould removers are incredibly toxic. If you are investigating mould removal, you might want to try one of the below all natural methods for removing mould from your house.

Of course, don't forget it is very important to remove the source of the moisture to properly deal with the mould and mildew. Until you have fixed the situation it will be very difficult to properly conquer your mould problem. The source of moisture could be rising damp, a leaking roof, poor ventilation or a leaking tap.

Natural Mould Removal Methods

1. Remove Mould with Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide that has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil not only removes mould but will also help prevent mould from occurring. But make sure that the tea tree oil is pure, and is made from the Australian tree "melaleuca alternifolia" and has the active ingredients "terpinen 4-ol" (at least 30%) and "cineole" (no more than 10-15%).

Method for Removing Mould with Tea Tree Oil:
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.
  • Spray onto the affected areas.
  • Wipe clean with a damp towel.
2. Remove Mould with White Distilled Vinegar

Vinegar has mild acidic properties and is antibacterial and great at removing mould. The only downside with vinegar is that it has an unpleasant aroma however this should fade after a day or two.

Method for Removing Mould with Vinegar:
  • Spray the vinegar directly onto the surface or mix the vinegar with borax or baking soda and water before spraying.
  • Alternatively you can wipe the vinegar directly onto the surface and let dry.
  • Use a damp towel to wipe the walls or surfaces clean.
3. Remove Mould with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great natural cleaning solution, good at removing mould and preventing mould and mildew and related odours.

Method for Removing Mould with Baking Soda:
  • Mix the baking soda with water in a 50/50 ratio to form a paste.
  • Apply the baking soda mixture to the surface and let dry.
  • Scrub with a scrubbing brush and then wipe away the debris.
  • Alternatively for larger areas you can add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to 2 cups of water and spray the mix onto the surface, scour and then wipe clean.
4. Remove Mould with Grapefruit Seed Extract

This method is similar to using tea tree oil. Grapefruit seed extract will disinfect and deodorise your home and doesn't leave unpleasant odours. It is a safe and non-toxic way to remove mould.

Method for Removing Mould with Grapefruit Seed Extract:
  • Mix 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract with 1 cup of water.
  • Add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray onto the surface.
  • Leave the mixture to soak for an hour.
  • Wipe away the mould residue.
5. Remove Mould with Borax

Borax is a chemical that is often used in household products as it is great at deodorising, cleaning and disinfecting. It is non-carcinogenic and does not release toxic fumes. However, make sure you wear gloves when handling borax as it is classed as a mild skin irritant.

Method for Removing Mould with Borax
  • Mix 1/3 cup of borax with 1 litre of water and add to a spray bottle.
  • Spray the borax solution onto the contaminated area.
  • Scrub the area with a scrubbing brush or toothbrush for small areas.
  • Wipe or vacuum the residue. Do not rinse.
  • Allow the solution to air dry.
Combine Natural Mould Removal with Mould Prevention

All of these processes can be repeated if necessary in order to properly remove the mould and mildew. You can also try combinations, such as vinegar and borax or vinegar and baking soda. Check out our own recipe for a natural mould remover.

Keep your spray bottle handy and use it as a preventative method as well. After showering, spray the tiles and shower and leave to dry in order to stop mould forming from the extra moisture. Or you can spray problematic areas once a week and leave to dry to help kill possible sources of mould and prevent mould and mildew from reappearing.
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