Spring Cleaning

9 03 2009

Whether you’re getting started on spring cleaning or thinking about moving (ahem, that would be me, hopefully soon), many of us will encounter the dilemna of ridding problem spots of MOLD. 

 

(This is not my shower...)

(This is not my shower...)

 

Your bathroom shower ~ way up there on the walls?

Under your kitchen sink?

Along the window sills?

In your grout?

Well, I found these handy and natural tips to help out.  I haven’t tried them, but I probably will soon.  Let me know if you have any other ideas! 

Tea Tree Treasure
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. Use it on moldy ceilings, on musty bureaus, rugs and nasty shower curtains. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little bit goes a very long way. *Note: the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.
2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.
Vinegar Spray
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours.

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7 responses

9 03 2009
Carol

I will give that a try, I have everything on hand already. Thanks for the tip

10 03 2009
Emily

what’s grout?

10 03 2009
annie

The stuff between your tiles…

11 03 2009
Emily

ohhhhhh! to me grout sounds like something you’d want to get rid of like dirt, bacteria, mold. by the way, good tips! i’m sure both ways will make your house smell a little weird for a bit, but it’s better than using harsh chemicals. my mom uses a vinegar spray to clean the shower. it does a great job.

11 03 2009
annie

I love the smell of tea tree oil!

17 03 2009
Scottie

vinegar will also get rid of animal urine smell in your carpet (test on small area first). Just pour it straight on the stain and let it soak in. Be generous with it, but not so much that your carpet begins to smell like a pickle. Let it sit for a little bit, then drench it with water and soak up the whole mess with a towel.

17 03 2009
annie

Ooh. That little trick could come in handy! Thanks!

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