All Natural DIY Mould Remover
Before the rise of the commercial modern-day cleaners we recognise today, the way we dealt with cleaning conundrums in the home was simpler. Some home grown wisdom, a little bit of elbow grease, and a remedy often made of natural ingredients that were easy to obtain, or already in the home. Many households are returning to these tried and true remedies in an effort to reduce toxins in the home, reduce their waste, and save money. earthYARD stocks a wide range of natural ingredients that can help you on your way to being a DIY master.
As Winter takes hold in Australia, many of us are spending more time in the warmth indoors, and keeping the doors and windows shut tight against cold and drafts. Wintry hibernation habits such as hot, steamy showers and drying clothes indoors, coupled with sometimes ineffective ventilation, can create a warm and moist environment which is perfect for enticing an unwanted guest into your home: Mould.
Mould is part of a group of organisms called fungi that also include mushrooms and yeast. It thrives in the moist, dark areas of your home that lack adequate ventilation. Mould spreads via tiny particles called spores, which are carried in the air. These spores are present virtually everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, and may cause health problems if inhaled by people who are sensitive or allergic to them. According to a fact sheet provided by NSW Health*, The people with the greatest risk of health problems from contact with mould are:
- People with asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions
- People with weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV infection, cancer patients taking chemotherapy or people who have received an organ transplant)
- People with chronic lung diseases (such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema)
Symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, irritation of the eyes and skin and sometimes wheezing. This is why it’s so important to keep mould at bay. To make sure mould doesn’t take hold in the dark, moist areas of your home, try some of these practical preventative measures:
- Maintain proper ventilation: use exhaust fans when cooking, bathing or using a clothes dryer, and when the weather permits open windows to provide cross ventilation.
- Reduce humidity: Limit the use of humidifiers, limit the number of houseplants in your home and don’t let them sit in trays of water.
- Control moisture: Repair leaks and plumbing issues, and if water does enter your home, completely clean and dry carpets, etc and discard anything that cannot be cleaned and dried completely.
If you do discover mould this winter, there are many ways to remove it. There are a trove of homemade, DIY options that can reduce your environmental footprint, reduce your use of single-use plastic packaging, and are also gentle on the household budget. Instead of introducing further toxins into your home by using harsh commercial cleaners, try a natural home remedy to remove mould like the one below.
All Natural DIY Mould Remover Recipe
½ Cup Bi Carb Soda
¼ cup White Vinegar
10 drops each Cold Pressed Lemon Oil and Clove Bud Oil
In a deep bowl mix the essential oils into the vinegar until evenly dispersed.
Mix in the bi carb soda a tablespoon at a time until you have a running paste.
Using gloves, dip a damp cloth into the mixture and wipe over mould area until covered.
Leave to set and dry (this will take approximately 10-15 minutes).
Scrub the dried paste to ensure you get everything.
Wipe clean with a cloth and hot water.
Repeat every few months to maintain a mould free space.
Note: As you’re working you will notice your paste begins to harden. You can increase flow by adding a touch more vinegar or a splash of hot water.
*Access NSW Health Fact sheet on mould here: