It doesn’t take long for mold to begin growing when moisture lingers within the home. It is important to always address water leaks and water condensation quickly. However, even with the most thorough attention, mold growth can still commence and cause damage to your home and health. I live in the wet Pacific Northwest, and even though I am constantly on guard against mold because of my past experiences and this blog, it is still often a battle to keep it from taking root, especially during the damp winters.
A Nontoxic Solution
There are many products available to combat mold. However, if you have mold in your home, or if you are trying to recover from toxic mold exposure, you will want to be sure that the products you choose are safe and effective. I have written about why bleach should not be used to kill mold, and believe it is best to find a nontoxic solution. My own involvement and research has led me to begin using pure essential oils to fight mold both topically (on surfaces) and internally (supporting immune function after mold exposure).
Studies are showing that mold doesn’t appreciate essential oils. Some specific oils that may be effective against mold include tea tree oil (melaleuca), rosemary, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, and lavender. I’ve often used tea tree oil to clean mold on hard surfaces and to wash fabrics with mildew. It also helps combat mold in my washing machine.
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. If you would like more information on essential oils, feel free to contact me.
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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.