Killing Mould with Clove Essential Oil
Killing Mould with Clove Essential Oil. How does it work?
Why should I trust clove essential oil to remove the mould around my house when I could use bleach? I’ll tell you why: Bleach only makes the mould "white" for a short amount of time, and the spores have not vanished and will reemerge after a while.
Mould is effectively killed by antioxidants, and clove essential oil has plenty of those. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a unit of measurement for antioxidant content to evaluate both the time and degree of free radical inhibition. The clove value on the ORAC scale is 1,078,700, while Blueberries score at 2,400.
Like with other essential oils, it is critical to follow safety precautions when using clove oil. Even though it is natural, it can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in certain people. It should be kept away from youngsters, and individuals on blood thinners should not use it.
Inhaling mould spores may be deadly, especially if you have asthma, so wear gloves and a mask when cleaning it and avoid touching mouldy things directly.
To remove Mould from Bathroom and Kitchen areas, put 1/2 teaspoon (approx 2.5ml) of 100% pure clove essential oil in a litre of water in a spray bottle. Shake well to mix the Clove oil into the water, then spray on the mouldy regions of your home and leave for a few hours. Ensure that you first patch test to ensure it does not damage the surface. Shake the mix each time before use, as the Clove Oil will sit on top of the water if not shaken first.
Use a moist towel to wipe the mould away. Sometimes, it may need a scrub with a brush and some elbow grease to get rid of stubborn mould. Then, spray a little extra on the area and leave it to prevent mould from returning. This will work on tiles, tile grout, walls, and ceilings.
Note: Please make sure not to spray it in your eyes by accident if you spray it on the ceiling, use glasses or goggles if needed.