Best 3 Essential Oils to Kill and Remove Mould

Published 26th Jun 2024

If you’ve found mould in your home, chances are you want it gone, fast. Mould easily eats away through organic and inorganic materials, releasing harmful toxins that can cause serious health concerns if left untreated. Luckily, some essential oils contain naturally occurring anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. In this article, we have collated the top 3 essential oils that can be used to remove mould from your home and help prevent it from coming back. 

Best 3 Essential Oils to Kill & Remove Mould

If you’ve found mould in your home, chances are you want it gone, fast. Mould easily eats away through organic and inorganic materials, releasing harmful toxins that can cause serious health concerns if left untreated.  

Luckily, some essential oils contain naturally occurring anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. In this article, we have collated the top 3 essential oils that can be used to remove mould from your home and help prevent it from coming back.


Our Top 3 Essential Oils For Mould Removal & Prevention

Below are the most popular essential oils that may be used to help with cleaning mould, killing airborne spores, and preventing future growth. 

Clove Bud Essential Oil for Mould

Clove Essential Oil contains powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that are known to kill mould spores. Its main component, eugenol, has been seen to target and damage the fungal cell membrane and inhibit germs from forming, making it the perfect remedy for mould removal. In fact, it’s one of the best-known ingredients to effectively remove a range of mould species. Better yet, it carries a warm, spicy aroma that will leave your home smelling balanced and fresh.  

As a result, Clove Essential Oil has a variety of health benefits that may also help to reduce the spread of mould. It has been seen to:  

  • Purify the air and protect lungs against toxins with its antimicrobial properties  
  • Clean mould from non-porous surfaces due to its antifungal properties  
  • Contain natural anti-septic properties that work to slow down the growth of microorganisms  
  • Contain anti-inflammatory properties that have been seen to help reduce the chance of infection

*See our cleaning instructions below to make your own clove essential oil natural cleaning product.  

Tea Tree Essential Oil for Mould

Tea Tree has been a highly valued ingredient for hundreds of years due to its natural cleansing, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties. It’s one of the best choices for removing mould and overall fungal control. Tea Tree Essential Oil is a favourite for slowing down the spread of mould in the home; it also offers an array of health benefits. In addition, it has a crisp, cool, and cleansing scent – perfect for cleaning your home.  

As a result, Tea Tree Oil may assist with the following:  

  • Inhibit mould/fungi growth in the home due to its anti-fungal properties  
  • Reduce the chance of getting sick with its natural anti-viral properties  
  • Slow the growth of microorganisms over clothes, carpets and curtains because of its anti-septic properties  
  • Assist in preventing respiratory discomfort from mould toxins with its anti-inflammatory properties.  

*See our cleaning instructions below to make your own tea tree essential oil natural cleaning product.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Mould

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a powerhouse cleaner. Not only does it possess antibacterial qualities, but it also has a sharp, uplifting, native smell that will leave your home smelling clean and cleansed. As a result, Eucalyptus Oil can remove mould from non-porous surfaces such as glass, benchtops, and stainless steel. While it isn’t known to directly kill mould, Eucalyptus Oil is highly valued for its ability to inhibit mould from growing and producing new spores. Some of the potential benefits of using Eucalyptus Oil against mould may be:  

  • Its anti-microbial properties may help protect bacteria from entering the lungs
  • It is a known natural disinfectant that may work to clean kitchen surfaces, walls and bathrooms from mould growth due to its antiseptic properties.  
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce the chance of respiratory conditions from mould toxins

*See our cleaning instructions below to make your own Eucalyptus Blue Gum essential oil natural cleaning product.


How to Use These Essential Oils Against Mould

Clove Bud Essential Oil

Dilution: Dilute ¼ teaspoon of Clove Bud Oil in 1L of water and combine in a spray bottle. Lightly mist onto the mouldy surface. Leave overnight before scrubbing with a stiff brush, soap and water.  

Diffuser: Add a few drops of Clove Bud Oil into a diffuser to evaporate into the room to temporarily decrease the concentration of airborne mould spores.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Dilution: In a large spray bottle, add ½ cup White Vinegar, ½ tsp Natural Dish/Liquid soap and 10-15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil – mix well and top with 1 cup Water. Shake well before each use and spray and wipe on sinks, counters, cabinets, bathrooms and more! (We recommend doing a patch test first).  

Diffuser: Add a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil into a diffuser to evaporate in a room to temporarily decrease the concentration of airborne mould spores.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Dilution: Add 15-20 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a full spray bottle of water to create a natural disinfectant. Spray directly on the mould surface. Leave for a few minutes and wipe away.  

Diffuser: Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil into a diffuser to evaporate into the room to temporarily decrease the concentration of airborne mould spores.


Where To Buy Essential Oils For Mould?

 

It is important to get high-quality essential oils that are guaranteed to be 100% pure. Here at AWO we have a wide selection of 100% pure essential oils and organic essential oils sold at reasonable prices.

We provide the highest quality products that can be used throughout your home and to also help protect your immune system from the toxins of mould. Plus, we are based right here in Australia! You can buy essential oils to tackle mould on our website at www.awo.com.au. 

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Learn More About Mould

What are the Dangers of Mould Growth in Your Home? 

Inhaling or touching mould spores is known to cause irritation and respiratory discomfort, including:  

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Skin rash
  • A dry cough

It is also known to cause allergies for those with asthma, pre-existing respiratory conditions, or compromised immune systems. Children and elderly members of the household are also at a higher risk of developing symptoms if exposed to mould for too long.  

Is it Safe to Remove Mould From Your House After Flooding?

Flooding brings mud, dead animals, silt, and bacteria into the home, releasing pathogens, mould spores and dangerous chemicals. Mould can easily contaminate the belongings in your home and can become a serious health hazard if not dealt with immediately.

You should remove soft furnishings such as mattresses, carpets, couches and cushions from the house immediately after flooding. Always wear protective gear such as gloves and a face mask when removing mouldy items from the home.  

If you find black mould climbing up your walls larger than the size of your hand, it’s best to call a professional mould removal company to clear it out. After a removal company has dealt with the major parts of the mould, you can focus on using essential oils to kill off the remaining spores that may be flying around in the air, or wiping down visible surfaces with your essential oil cleaning products.


Essential Oil Safety

Whilst essential oils are natural products, they are extremely potent and can cause serious harm if used incorrectly. For this reason, we recommend the following:

  • In line with the Therapeutic Goods Act, we do not recommend ingesting essential oils without the guidance of a registered Aromatherapist or Naturopath.
  • Avoid using essential oils during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.
  • We recommend storing your essential oils in a cool, dry place at room temperature, ensuring that they are not directly exposed to sunlight and are out of reach of children or pets.
  • Essential oils can be very concentrated and are likely to cause irritation or reactions if applied directly to the skin. For this reason, it is important to first dilute your essential oils before using topically (on the skin).

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