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Cleaning Mold with Tea Tree Oil

by BrianReeves
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I’ve used tea tree oil as an ingredient for my homemade deodorant, as a natural treatment for breakouts, for repelling insects, and also as a safer alternative for cleaning and killing mold and mildew. Tea tree oil may not be effective for all mold contaminations; but for small areas, on clothing, and treating non-porous surfaces it can be quite effective.


Cleaning fabric with tea tree oil

If you need to kill mold or mildew on clothing, or to eliminate a musty odor, simply add a few drops of tea tree oil to the wash cycle. This will also help kill mildew buildup in the washer and can be used to rinse and refresh clothing that was left in the machine too long.

Tea tree oil mold treatment

If you have a small mold area to clean you can mix 1 tsp tea tree oil with 1 cup of water and put in a spray bottle. Once you have determined that the mold contamination is safe to clean yourself, you can spray this formula on the problem area, let it soak for awhile, and then carefully wipe clean. This should kill most spores and prevent the mold from returning. If you have a water issue or leak, you will want to make sure to get it fixed so that you do not have the same issue return.

If the mold is growing on surfaces such as drywall, this solution will likely not remove the mold entirely and will need to be cut out and repaired by someone who knows what they are doing. Always use caution when dealing with mold, and if you are not sure, ask a professional.

I only recommend essential oils that are guaranteed to be pure. Many of the oils available today are diluted and may contain chemicals and pesticides. I only use oils from doTERRA*, which does extensive testing on each batch to guarantee purity. If you would like more information on essential oils, feel free to contact me.


Krystle Reeves assists in managing MoldBlogger.com, a website dedicated to providing a place to share and receive information that will better allow individuals to fight and conquer toxic mold and the consequences of mold exposure, and also blogs at Where the Green Things Grow where she shares her adventures and challenges in gardening, parenting, and life. If you want to learn more about essential oils you can join her Facebook group


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Mary Schneider September 27, 2014 - 4:50 am

I have mold on one of my expensive collectable porclean pieces. How do I remove it safely?

BrianReeves October 2, 2014 - 11:22 am

You could try testing a small area of one of the porcelain pieces with the tea tree oil mixture using a q-tip. Make sure the tea tree oil is pure and from a good source… I like this brand http://www.mydoterra.com/thegreenthings/ (affiliate link).

Beverly Chase March 9, 2015 - 3:37 am

I have a big problem with the mold in my bathroom! Every single time when somebody take a shower there is mold on the ceiling an hour after that. I hope that your suggestion with the essential oil will help me to get rid of the mold. Dartmouth Park Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

BrianReeves March 9, 2015 - 9:09 am

If the mold is on the drywall, it will need to be cut out and replaced. Essential oils can help kill mold on non-porous surfaces and fabric, but drywall is another issue.

ren February 5, 2016 - 4:00 pm

How do I get rid of mould patches on the arm and sides of my velvet settee and side chair? thanks


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