Looking for a natural way to keep your house clean? Well, we have good news for you. The benefits of essential oil extend beyond skincare. Did you know that you can also use essential oils around the house? From fragrance to keeping insects away to cleaning, the beneficial properties of essential oils can be a great help to you in home management and cleaning. After all, why choose cleaners full of synthetic chemicals when you can use something natural?
Clove oil is a great essential oil to have around the house. Along with benefits to your skin, the unique properties of clove oil can be a great way to keep mould out of the house. During wet, summer months, high humidity and heavy rains can become the perfect breeding ground for mould in areas of your house where there is high moisture. A natural remedy for this is clove oil. Its properties can help you tackle mould around your home. It is a natural, safe and effective way of removing mould. And with N-Essentials, you know that clove essential oil is pure and natural.
How does clove oil get rid of mould?
The reason why clove oil is a popular way of getting rid of mould is that the oil actually kills the spores rather than just bleaching and disguising them. This is one of the key reasons we recommend using clove oil for mould. If you merely bleach the mould with a regular cleaner, you are simply removing the spores. So, whether you can see it or not, the spores are actually not gone. With the spores, all the health dangers related to mould (including allergies and asthma issues) will still be present, and it will probably start to grow again in a few days.
Where can I use clove oil for mould?
In your home, mould can be found in places with high moisture content. This will generally be the bathroom. Clove oil is safe to use in the bathroom, especially since it is not occupied for very long. It can be easily used on a variety of surfaces, including glass, steel, tiles, walls, and wood. With walls, we recommend doing a spot test in a discrete corner to ensure there is no discolouration.
If you want to use clove oil on fabrics, you have to be more careful. The oil will need to reach the core of the fibres in order to be genuinely effective on porous surfaces, which could lead to discolouration issues for delicate fabrics or carpets. Prior to cleaning the entire surface, it always pays to perform a spot test on a corner. Use the clove oil solution and clean off the oil with a solution of baking soda and white vinegar after 24 hours. If there is no discolouration after the spot test, you can use the oil on the entire fabric.
How do you use clove oil for mould?
To use clove oil for mould, you have to make a cleaning solution and another solution to clean off the affected surface. The combined use of these two solutions can help you get rid of mould. Follow the instructions below to make your own DIY mould cleaner and make sure you read the precautions before you use clove oil for mould.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CLEANING SOLUTIONS:
Given below is the list of ingredients for cleaning off the affected surface. You will use this solution before the clove oil.
- half tablespoon sodium bicarbonate
- quarter cup vinegar
- 2 litres hot water
Ingredients for the clove oil solution are listed below. This is the main solution that is used to get rid of the mould:
- half teaspoon clove leaf essential oil
- 500ml water
- Plastic spray bottle
Step 1: Prepare the surface
First clean off the affected surface with a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, vinegar and hot water. You can easily purchase sodium bicarbonate at N-Essentials and vinegar at the local supermarket.
Step 2: Mix the clove oil with water
Once the affected surface is clean, fill a clean spray bottle. You can use any spray bottle and this can be easily found at the supermarket or a homeware store. To this bottle, add the clove oil solution. This would be 500ml of water with half a teaspoon of clove leaf essential oil to it.
Step 3: Use the clove oil solution
Spray on the mould-affected area, and leave for half an hour before wiping clean. Immediately spray again and leave the clove leaf oil mixture on this time to allow any remaining mould spores to dry and drop off over the next couple of days. Make sure you keep an eye on the dropping spores and keep the area clean.
- When you are cleaning the area, avoid touching the mould. Make sure you use gloves.
- You should also wear gloves while making the cleaning solution, especially when you are using hot water.
- Keep all ingredients out of reach of children and pets.
How long does it take for clove oil to remove mould?
Largely speaking, when you use clove oil for mould, it should be gone in about 24 hours. However, it is not that simple. This is because removing mould often depends on the source. You can effectively remove mould with clove oil, but if you don’t address the underlying issues of humidity, the mould will come back.
Mould can be a difficult problem to solve and clove oil is one of the most effective mould eradicators. However, it is also important to know that the size of mould infestation is also an important factor. In most cases, clove oil can eliminate mould within one day. However, larger infestations may take longer to treat.
Clove oil from N-Essentials
Clove oil from N-Essentials is entirely natural and pure. Contact us if you would like additional details about our collection of essential oils or to place an order. If you have any inquiries concerning our essential oils, we are more than pleased to assist you! Send us your questions and feedback.