• How to Tackle Moisture & Mould Naturally

    May 17, 2022 • CLEAN, LIFE

    How to tackle moisture and mould naturally | DIY charcoal dehumidifier and clove oil

    It’s been a soggy week in some parts of Australia and we’re a little bit over everything being so damp! And of course, where there is damp, there is mould. Read on as we share ways you can tackle both the moisture and the mould without harmful chemicals.

    Absorb Moisture

    Linii Huon Pine works to absorb moisture and smells naturally. Add a few spoonfuls into some little bags (like cotton spice bags), and place in wardrobes, drawers, pantry, sports bags, shoes or anywhere you wish to keep moisture and smells at bay. Linii will also deter insects, like silverfish, moths and fleas.

    As a moisture absorbent, Huon Pine breathes with the environment so when it is wet and humid the product will absorb up to one third it’s weight in moisture and as the air naturally dries it will expel that moisture and dry out.

    Make a DIY Charcoal Dehumidifier

    If you are experiencing extra moisture in your home, a DIY charcoal dehumidifier may help you trap the moisture and dry out the air. This is a particularly handy solution for wardrobes, pantries and other small spaces.

    How to make your own charcoal dehumidifier: 

    Use a screwdriver to punch holes in the lid of a clean can. Fill it with activated charcoal and place it in the area you’d like to remove moisture from.

    Another option is to simply place or hang a stick of charcoal in the area.

    With either option, replace the charcoal every few months.

    Destroy Mould

    If you’ve noticed mould starting to appear, clove oil, vinegar and oxygen bleach can be used to kill the mould spores and prevent it from returning. This is a natural mould removal method backed by Choice, Spotless and Shannon Lush.

    Combine 1L of water with a 1/4 tsp clove bud oil in a spray bottle, screw on the lid and shake to combine. Don’t make it any stronger than that as it won’t work better and may damage surfaces. Spray lightly over the affected area and leave for 24 hours.

    Clove oil will kill the mould spores, so 24 hours after you apply it, you will need to wipe over the area using a cloth dipped into 4:1 mix of vinegar and water. Doing this will remove the dead spores and also kill any that are remaining (vinegar causes mould to overeat and die).

    Any remaining discolouration on surfaces should be able to be removed with oxygen bleach.

    Mould needs organic matter like dead skin cells to thrive, so it’s important to keep up with regular vacuuming and cleaning.

    Invest in a Quality HEPA Filter

    Mould spreads by releasing its spores into the air. Besides making a mess of other surfaces, when inhaled mould spores can trigger a range of symptoms, including allergic reactions and asthma attacks in some people.

    An air purifier designed specially for mould will capture these spores and purify the air you breathe. We recommend looking at the InovaAir AirClean E8, AirClean E20 Plus and the AirClean DE20 Plus models. Each include medical-grade H13 HEPA filters and high-capacity carbon filters with kilograms of activated carbon.