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Eliminate MoldThe following is part of an Organic Journey Guest Post Series, written by Amy a long time helper behind the scenes of Southern Savers.

Last week, I determined that using chlorine bleach to eliminate mold in my girlies’ bedroom was not the best plan for all of our health.  This week, I’m on a quest to find a solution that will eliminate mold without triggering asthma or any other problems!  I’m determined that there has to be a way to kill this mold without bringing out the toxic chemicals.

In my search, there are several ingredients that keep cropping up as viable options.  Each has strengths and weaknesses depending on where you’re trying to eliminate mold.  I think that this will be a bit of trial and error for us, but I’ll share what options I’ve found.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Pros:  Hydrogen peroxide is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial.  It is a bleaching agent, which is helpful when trying to eliminate mold stains, but it doesn’t have the downside of bleach in that there are no toxic fumes or toxic residue.

Cons:  Because it bleaches, you need to spot check areas before you use it.

How To’s:  Use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.  Put it in a spray bottle for easier use.  Spray on area and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Scrub clean, and repeat if needed.

Vinegar

Pros: Vinegar kills 82% of mold species as well as viruses and bacteria.  It also can prevent mold if you spray on a surface and let it air dry which could be particularly helpful in showers!  You can wash clothes in a mixture of half vinegar and half water.

Cons:  It’s stinky!!  At least, I don’t like the smell of vinegar.  A great alternative is to use a citrus infused vinegar instead.  Also, your mold might be one of the 18% not killed by vinegar.  It doesn’t hurt to start here though and work your way up to stronger, more expensive options.

How To’s:  Some sources say to start by scrubbing the moldy area with soap and water, and others just zoom on to the next step. Put your white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle at full strength and spray it on the moldy areas.  Leave it on for a couple of hours and then scrub with a brush.  You can also dilute the vinegar with water to save money though some sources say that it is more powerful at full strength and thus more effective.  Vinegar is totally safe and non-toxic, but it can irritate your skin if you are working with it for a long period of time.  So if that’s the case, make sure to put on some gloves.

Tea Tree Oil

Pros: Those that love it say it is by far the most effective way to eliminate mold.

Cons: Tea Tree Oil has a very strong, almost medicinal smell.  Not only that, it is also the most costly of all the natural options that I found.  Another point that a blogger made while experimenting with natural mold removers in her bathroom was that while it might eliminate mold, it doesn’t remove the visible mold and actually makes it harder to get off than if you use just plain vinegar.

How To’s: Mix 1 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil with 1 cup of water.  Spray on the area, and do not rinse.

Baking Soda

Pros: It doesn’t just kill mold, but also absorbs odors and moisture too.

Cons: It doesn’t eliminate all mold species.

How To’s:  There are dozens of ways to use baking soda from sprinkling it on moldy carpet and then scrubbing it up to putting it on a wet wash cloth and scrubbing the affected areas.  One tip that I found helpful was to use baking soda and vinegar together as they kill different species of molds.

I’ll let you know next week which solution (or variety of solutions!) we tried, and how well they worked.  The thing that I discovered in my searching for natural solutions is that there doesn’t appear to be a right and wrong way to do this.  When you are working with stronger chemicals, you do have to be extremely careful to not mix them as they can produce deadly fumes.  If you are in doubt about mixing up your own natural mold removing concoction, take a minute to research before you do.  Better safe than sorry!

Have you ever found a toxic free way of eliminating mold in your house?  What worked well for you?  ‘Cause my bathroom is next on the list to tackle, and I’d love to learn from your successes and failures!!

    • Meme007

      I used to watch a British TV show about helping people clean out and clean up their homes. Their main ingredient to cleaning up almost everything was tea tree oil. I did hear them mention several times that it should not be used by someone pregnant. So it does have a toxic effect. I think they recommended wearing gloves when using. It seemed to do a very good job, though. HTH

    • There are tons of natural cleaning tips and how-tos on Pinterest. Do a search there and you’ll come up with a lot of options and information!!

    • alexusrydr

      I recently made my own cleaner for hard water stains in my shower. It worked great! Add one teaspoon of liquid soap and several drops of an antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint) to one cup of baking soda. Add just enough water to form a paste, and use it with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.
      I left it on for about an hour before I went back to rinse/rub it off. For some reason, a lot of sites specify “blue dawn” for the liquid soap, so that is what I used.

    • Lana

      We used a product called Moldzyme when we found we had black mold in our outside wall. We have used it many times since and it is the only thing we have found to completely eliminate mold without negative health problems. Buy the small as it will last you for years. You can even fog this into your ductwork to kill mold in there. It really works and we would not be without a bottle on the shelf. National Allergy supply has a product called No More Mildew that is second best. It is helpful and has no negatice health effects but does not work as well as Moldzyme.

    • Lana

      We used a product called Moldzyme when we found we had black mold in our outside wall. We have used it many times since and it is the only thing we have found to completely eliminate mold without negative health problems. Buy the small as it will last you for years. You can even fog this into your ductwork to kill mold in there. It really works and we would not be without a bottle on the shelf. National Allergy supply has a product called No More Mildew that is second best. It is helpful and has no negatice health effects but does not work as well as Moldzyme.

    • jlovebzy

      To clean my shower (no known mold), I also use a combination of white vinegar, baking soda, & dish soap (any concentrated). I make the paste and apply it. As soon as I am done, I rinse it off. The fiberglass shower shines and last for a couple weeks. I like it best because it is quick and doesn’t have an overpowering smell like my favorite Clorox 2 (stopped buying). At first I didn’t like the vinegar smell either, but I soon grew use to it, because I also use a combination of vinegar and water on my hardwood floors. I did read that essential oils (like eucalyptus and others) have antibacterial powers. I can never remember to stop and pick it up though and as mention I think I read that some can stain.

    • tishadc

      This may sound crazy but I use VO5 shampoo to clean my kids
      shower and tub. I use the $.88 bottle of VO5 to coat the shower/tub completely, and then rinse the next day(no scrubbing necessary) and it is beautiful, shiny and I have never had any mold.
      We had a terribly stained tub and one night my daughters bottle fell off the side and into the tub. When we discovered it the next morning the stain was gone (in only the spot it leaked out of the bottle onto;).
      I know it’s crazy but trust me!

      and no I do not work for V05 ;)

    • aCindyC

      I can’t use many chemicals anymore because I have severe COPD & Asthma. I’ve discovered steam cleaning, and LOVE it! It works very well on getting rid of mold, but not always on the stains. When I’m cleaning areas that need more than just steam, I use a spray combo of alcohol/peroxide, or Formula 409 Antibacterial (that one doesn’t bother me).

    • jenn

      I use pure white vinegar for most everything. Sometimes I will mix it with baking soda or borax like for the shower and toilet bowl. I can’t stand the smell of most commercial cleaners so I have never used once I got on my own, unless I am cleaning for someone else and they insist on them being used. I have also seen a few people that have caused themselves respiratory problems from normal cleaners. Our floors get cleaned with a steam cleaner, but before I had that I used vinegar water to mop with.

    • jenn

      I use pure white vinegar for most everything. Sometimes I will mix it with baking soda or borax like for the shower and toilet bowl. I can’t stand the smell of most commercial cleaners so I have never used once I got on my own, unless I am cleaning for someone else and they insist on them being used. I have also seen a few people that have caused themselves respiratory problems from normal cleaners. Our floors get cleaned with a steam cleaner, but before I had that I used vinegar water to mop with.