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Using Tea Tree Oil For Mold Removal

Many people use bleach to remove mold, but what do you do when someone in your home is sensitive to bleach fumes? Tea tree oil is a viable alternative to bleach when it comes to removing mold from hard surfaces. Unlike bleach, it does not give off harmful fumes or irritate your skin, but it does do a great job of killing and removing mold:

What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has become widely popular for cleaning and cosmetic uses over the last several years. It is derived from a plant that is native to Australia. Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, which is why it's such a good mold remover.

You can purchase tea tree oil in small dropper bottles at health food stores. This type of preparation is perfect for removing mold. You only need one small dropper bottle to treat a large area, since you'll be diluting it considerably prior to use.

How do you use tea tree oil to remove mold?

First, you'll need to make your tea tree oil solution. Fill a plastic spray bottle with 2 cups of water, and then add 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to the bottle. Give your solution a gentle shake to emulsify the oil into the water. You'll need to shake the mixture periodically throughout use in order to keep the oil suspended in the water.

Once your mold removal solution is made, spray it onto the moldy surface. Use enough to fully saturate the surface. Then, wait about an hour. This gives the tea tree oil time to permeate the mold and work its magic. Once the hour has passed, use a damp cloth to wipe away the mold.

It should come away from the surface easily. If there are any traces of mold left, you can spray the surface again, let it rest for another hour, and then wipe it a second time.

It a very large surface, such as an entire wall, is covered in mold, it is best to treat it a little at a time. Otherwise, parts of the wall might dry before you get the chance to wipe them off.

Using tea tree oil is a safe and effective way to remove mold from bathroom walls, shower stalls, basement floors and more. This essential oil is so versatile. If you have any leftover, you might want to try using it to soothe insect bites, treat acne, or alleviate itchy rashes. To learn more, contact a company like Advanced Air Quality Services with any questions or concerns you have.