Ditch the store bought mold killer and try my homemade natural recipe. Essential oil for mold is the best way to get rid of that pesky fungus!
It’s impossible to read labels on your food and not read the labels on the cleaners you use, too. That’s why I’m on a constant mission to switch to non-toxic cleaners and personal care products in the whole house.
Nine times out of ten it means cleaning with essential oils. Over the years I’ve been able to switch to homemade bleach alternative and homemade stain remover and homemade bathroom scrubs.
Trying to figure out how to get rid of mold and mildew, has stumped me– until this year! For YEARS I have tried to use natural products to clean mold and mildew. As a result, I started using essential oils for mold. Which was great to find out since we can afford oils on a budget!
Here Are Some Essential Oils For Mold That Will Help
What works for one person may not work for another, so it’s best to start with one, give it a shot, and if it doesn’t work, try another.
Here is a list to choose from:
- Tea Tree
As I mentioned, this was the winner for me. I tried making cleaning solutions with it, but applying it neatly (undiluted) to the area and scrubbing with a grout brush is what did the trick.
Tea tree has amazing cleansing properties that the FDA won’t allow me to disclose here, but believe me when I tell you that this is a MUST-HAVE for your home.
As the saying goes though, what may work for some may not work for others. Eucalyptus didn’t work for me. This could be for any number of reasons, including the type of mold/mildew you’re dealing with, so it might be worth a shot to try eucalyptus if you’re struggling with mold and mildew. (And if it doesn’t work, you can always diffuse it for respiratory support!).
When you look at the properties that comprise clove essential oils, you’ll find that it is very similar to tea tree essential oil.
I personally didn’t try this one, but it’s another one to try!
Here are some other essential oils for mold
Cinnamon is known for its cleansing properties. It plays an integral role in the blend Thieves Essential Oil. If you don’t have any of the oils mentioned so far, give cinnamon bark essential oil a shot!
Lemon is a great essential oil for cleaning, and it is what I use anytime something is greasy in the kitchen (like grease splatters) or in the bathroom (like soap scum). However, it didn’t work for me on mold or mildew.
Although, it has great cleaning properties, and lemon – and any of the other oils mentioned – would be great to include in your regular cleaning to PREVENT the growth of mold and mildew.
- Thieves Essential Oil
While I use tea tree essential oil for mold and mildew, I like to use Thieves Household Cleaner – which spurred off the Thieves Essential Oil blend – as my regular cleaning solution to keep mold and mildew from happening in the first place.
Thieves is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it is mentioned here along with all of those individual oils!
Notes on Ingredients
When you are using and purchasing essential oils, I highly recommend you consider a few important things:
- Quality is critical.
Using anything but 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils defeats the purpose of getting rid of toxins from your home. Some oils are watered down with chemicals to smell more appealing, and some are watered down with inferior carrier oils. Above all, be aware that some companies add “100% pure” to their bottles, even when it isn’t.
- Do you know where your oil comes from?
Can you find out how the plant is grown? Where the plant is grown? Who is in charge of growing and harvesting? How are garden pests managed? Do they use pesticides? How is your oil distilled?
- You can afford quality essential oils.
When you’re using 100% pure essential oils, a little goes a long way! A lot of your bottles, even ones you use daily can last up to 6 months, even a year! As a result, you will not have to buy as often when you choose good quality.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1. Apply a drop or two of essential oil directly onto the tile and grout.
Step 2. Scrub with a brush and within seconds, the mold will be gone!
In conclusion, just one essential oil for mold that stood out as a clear winner: tea tree.
Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide that can work for cleaning and it is strong enough to prevent mold spores from forming again.
Through all my experimentation, I have found 5 essential oils that work for killing mold. I have them listed above, if you’d like to take a peek!
I have not tried lavender oil but from all my research, I have found out that it can have limited use towards killing mold. I would not recommend it.
Seed to Seal Promise
I choose to use Young Living essential oils because of their Seed to Seal promise. They are the only essential oil company to control EVERY aspect of the oil from when the plant is first planted, to weed management (no pesticides are used!), to harvest, to distilling, to testing, to bottling – everything is done by Young Living’s standards (which far exceed the organic industry standards, by the way).
I personally called 10+ popular essential oil companies and asked one question:
“Can I tour your farm so I can see how essential oils are made?“
All but one said no. Young Living is the only company that said yes, and it’s because of their transparency and their Seed to Seal promise that I confidently use their essential oils in my home. (Can you tell I’m passionate about this?) Read more about their oils and my decision to always choose this company.
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How would I use EOs to kill mold on wood cabinets in my boat?
Karen @ Team Crumbs
A constant source of moisture will contribute to continued mold growth, especially if it’s deeply rooted in the wood already. You can always follow the instructions in this post to see if any of these EOs help, although it might stain the wood. But if there is steady moisture, the mold will always return, even after it seems like you’ve killed it. It never really goes away in porous materials like wood if there is moisture present. Hope this helps.
So that means just diffusing the entire bottle of thieves at 35.00 a bottle ? Waterless I have never seen that type of diffuser
Don’t waste your money. I tried for years to kill mold with essential oils and other natural products, including tea tree and Thieves oil. I also had my house fogged twice with natural products, including vinegar and ammonia. Finally, after testing positive for 3 kinds of mold on a body scan, I called in the experts: the mold restoration people. They cut out the moldy sections of wall and hauled the damn stuff away. Yes, they did use a super strong bleach, but the smell was gone in a day. They used an air scrubber machine to remove any spores floating around. What a relief! Yes, it was expensive, but if I’d done it sooner, I might have saved myself a number of mold-related health problems. Mold is super tough stuff-don’t fool around.
Kyare - Team Crumbs
Barbara, You are right some mold is hard to get rid of but it is important to remember that the different types and strengths of mold have a big impact on what will work.
It needs to be understood that repeated cleaning of moldy areas will yield no long-term solution until you get the source cleaned. The molecules of your drywall are huge compared to the size of the mold spores. If there is mold growing behind your walls, the mold spores come through it and infiltrate the house within the air flow. This woman did the right thing by getting the stuff torn out and taken away, and that’s why she was able to have success with the other methods. I don’t know if she actually had bleach done there because I don’t know of any reputable firm that would use bleach. Bleach does not kill mold. Bleach makes mold stronger. But by taking that infected Building Material out of her house, that solved a lot. If I were anybody in her shoes after a situation like that, I would definitely go with cleaning by means of tea tree oil daily. It’s like an antibiotic that you take after an illness. FYI, after you have had rheumatic fever, you are to take prophylactic antibiotics for 5 years. That puts it in perspective for you to make sure that you can clean with something that’s going to keep mold away and not make it stronger. I hope this helps somebody. I don’t work for any oil company. I’m a Southern girl who knows about mold.
You had a body scan for mold ? How does that work?
I had a mold problem after a toilet leak. After it seemed everything was all better, there was a tiny place on my carpet that smelled like dirt. I’m told there is a type of mold that smells like dirt. I got so sick of it I sprinkled on some rosemary essential oil just to cover up the smell. The oil has evaporated or dried and the smell is gone! Is this typical- that rosemary all by itself would do that?
Karen @ Team Crumbs
Rosemary EO does have anti-fungal properties. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Hi Sheila! Essential oils can cover up a smell for sure!
I read a book by Dr. Edward R Close, PhD called, Nature’s Mold Rx where he documents case studies that dealt with difficult mold with Thieves. However, it requires a waterless diffuser and 24-48 hours of diffusing for each room.
Thank you for your post and suggestions for tea tree oil..