• 6 Things to Know About Using Clove Oil for Mould Removal

    February 20, 2020 • CLEAN

    During the wet summer months, high humidity and heavy rains can lead to mould in any areas of your home that are affected by moisture. A popular natural cleaning remedy for this is clove oil. But before you get to work mixing up your own clove oil solution, here are six things to know.

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    1. Why clove oil works to kill mould

    One of the main reasons oil of clove is a popular mould remover is that it actually kills the spores, rather than just bleaching and hiding them. If you only bleach the mould, all the health risks (including allergies and asthma problems) will still be there whether you can see the mould or not, and it is likely to grow back in a few days.

    2. Safety first

    Similar to other essential oils, it’s important to follow the safety instructions when using clove oil. Although it’s natural, it can still cause skin irritations and some people may have an allergic reaction. It should be kept away from children and those on blood thinning medication shouldn’t use it.

    3. Avoid touching mould

    Inhaling mould spores can be dangerous, especially for those that suffer from asthma, so wear gloves and a mask when cleaning it and avoid handling mouldy items directly.

    4. Get the right mix

    Cleaning expert and co-author of Spotless, Shannon Lush, recommends oil of clove for cleaning mould from hard surfaces. She suggests you first clean the surfaces with a mixture of 4 litres of hot water, 1 tablespoon bicarb of soda and half a cup of vinegar. Then, mix a quarter teaspoon of clove oil per litre of water, put it in a spray bottle, lightly mist on mouldy surface. Leave for 20 minutes and wipe off.  Spray again and leave.  It will take between 24-48 hours for the mould spores to dry and drop off.

    5. Turn to chalk

    To counter mould in homes, put a few drops of pure clove oil on jumbo sticks of blackboard chalk, then place or hang them in cupboards around the house and allow the scent to waft around killing mould spores. Add a few more drops of oil every month or so once the scent has disappeared. This avoids spraying any more moisture in an already moist house.

    6. Get to the source

    While clove oil has been long recommended for killing mould spores, Nicole Bijlsma, naturopath and IICRC accredited mould remediation technician, says she doesn’t recommend it because the focus should be on the cause of the mould growth which is moisture. Regardless of whether you use clove oil to kill mould, it is still important to address the root cause of moisture such as excessive condensation, inadequate ventilation, inappropriate drainage, plumbing or roof leaks, flooding or high humidity. To rid mould from hard surfaces, she recommends  an 80% white vinegar to 20% water mix with a microfibre cloth which is either discarded after use or rinsed twice (in two separate buckets – one with 50:50 white vinegar to water ratio and the other with just clean water) to prevent re-contamination. See the link to Nicole’s blog below for more information.

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    10 Responses to 6 Things to Know About Using Clove Oil for Mould Removal
    1. Nionie
      January 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Not all mould issues are related to the state of the dwelling. Try living in the tropics through a wet season. Without a doubt there will be mould. Clove oil, recommended or not, is a boon.

      • gr0m1t
        October 27, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        I agree. I put clove oil in water into an oil diffuser and the smell is gone from my spare room in 48 hours.

      • Steph
        March 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm

        Absolutely. Nicole has obviously never lived in a tropical or sub tropical area. Or anywhere that has been devastated by floods. It’s a constant battle

      • Gillian Vann
        April 5, 2019 at 11:36 am

        This is so true! living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, it’s a weird microclimate and it seems to rain every 3rd day, I’ve had more problems with mould here than I did in Brisbane.

      • Joey
        February 22, 2020 at 8:28 pm

        Yep. Queensland summer’s are the worst.

    2. Beverley Mackenzie
      June 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      We have black spots of mould appear under the silicone, which is sealing the large freestanding glass shower screen that is less than 6mths since installing. The floor is Travertine stone tiles. I really don’t know how to tackle it. The installer of Shower screen is taking no responsibility.

    3. DR
      February 6, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda results in neutralisation. Which means there is no vinegar or bicarb left to do anything. Rethink step 4.

    4. Gillian Vann
      April 5, 2019 at 11:37 am

      That chalk tip is brilliant! I hope it actually works. thank you so much

    5. Anne
      August 26, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Used clove oil in the shower, might have made the mixture too strong as it stained the shower white base, how do I remove the stains? Thanks

    6. Fiona Barry
      February 22, 2020 at 10:46 am

      We get condensation on our windows and it causes mould o to our curtains on the back. The what is the best way to clean them as we cannot change the condensation.

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