Tragically, the next giant battle in any flood clean-up will be the one waged against mold. However; flood or no flood, mold can be found almost everywhere in our homes in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, carpets, bedrooms, showers, backyards, sheds, refrigerators, and many more places. Even the most neat and clean home, with no visible sign of mold, may still hide super colonies of mold in ductwork, basements, attics and crawl places, under floors, behind wall paper, and inside wall cavities. Diffusing essential oils with a waterless cold air diffuser can kill mold and mildew safely.
The human body doesn’t like mold. The mold fungus mostly affects people with allergies and asthma and those with compromised immune systems, but living with mold long-term is dangerous. Mold triggers an allergic response in many people that can result in symptoms that include runny nose and sneezing. For those with asthma, living with mold can cause asthma attacks.
Killing Mold and Mildew Without Bleach
Bleach is often mistaken as the best warrior against mold, but it won’t go deep into the wood to prevent mold growth. Disinfectants can kill molds but do not prevent new growth on damp wood or other materials. Many people are beginning to understand that bleach and other chemicals are harmful, even aggravating asthma and the respiratory tract. Its full negative impact on the environment is not fully known.
According to Edward R. Close, PhD, PE, there are several problems when using standard anti-fungal agents:
- Many of these products bleach included, use toxic chemicals that are themselves harmful to human health, just like the mold they are trying to eliminate.
- While these agents can kill the mold, they usually don't rid the area completely of mold, especially on porous surfaces, and they leave behind dead mold spores, which can also cause problems in the human body.
- Bleach is about 94% water, which is the key ingredient for mold growth. Many experts believe that using bleach results in a rebound of mold growth within 24 hours.
Gentle, Effective, Solutions to Kill Mold
Essential oils can kill mold and mildew without harming the individuals using them. Whether you have a musty basement or fresh water damage, it’s never too late to start diffusing essential oils into your home to purify the air. There are many studies showing that mold and bacteria cannot stand up to the power of essential oils which are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial.
Mold Doesn’t Like Essential Oils
Clove, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Lemon, and Rosemary (See Combat Diffuser Blend 5-Pack) bare some of the most powerful essential oils against mold and bacteria. One study from the Internet Journal of Microbiology found clove oil to be powerful against such bacteria as Staphylococcus and Aspergillus. Melaleuca, tea tree, lavender, peppermint, and thyme showed the strongest killing power against MRSA antibiotic resistant bacteria according to studies at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, UK.
Mold spores are everywhere, and they multiply quickly when exposed to water. Keeping mold in check first starts with getting your home dried out and keeping it that way. For any flood damage, contact a professional first for clean-up. Mold and mildew breed anywhere there is moisture, so it is important to have your home cleaned up quickly and properly.
Use a cold air atomizing diffuser to diffuse your essential oils to start killing the existing mold spores and keep them from growing to large numbers. If you have a damp basement or crawl space, run a dehumidifier in the moistest weather and clean up excess water as soon as possible, using fans to keep air circulated. Studies show when ventilating air it is more effective to blow air out of the house, rather than bringing outside air in.
Unchecked, mold growth can cause serious physical symptoms including nausea, rashes, bloody noses, diarrhea, headaches and more. If you suspect serious mold problems in your home, do not attempt to fix it yourself. There are many qualified mold experts trained in properly cleaning dangerous levels of bacteria.
Most Effective Essential Oils to Kill Mold
The best essential oils to diffuse to prevent mold growth are blends. Synergistic blends of oils are more powerful than the individual oils. Most helpful are Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon, Spruce, and blends of Biblical Oils. For the best effect, use a COLD AIR ATOMIZING DIFFUSER which does not heat the oils and destroy the anti-microbial properties. NEVER use a water diffuser as it adds more water to the environment and remember that mold LIKES water. Completely avoid chemical air fresheners that are just masking mold and mildew odors. These are not killing bacteria and are filling your air with more harmful toxins in the form of chemicals.
Diffusing essential oils can be the start to cleaning up your air after water damage or in a damp area. But the most important goal is to correct the cause of water damage. If you have serious mold damage, make sure you have a professional mold remediation service take care of the clean-up. You can, however, use essential oils in addition to keep your air healthy and pure.
These statements have not been evaluated by the EPA or FDA and are not meant as a replacement for professional mold remediation.