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Cleaning With Clove Oil To Kill Mould

Updated on July 11, 2012

Cleaning Your Bathroom Ceiling With Clove Oil

Clove oil has lots of amazing benefits and useful properties for cleaning. For all the types of cleaning, end of lease cleaning can be one of the hardest especially if you need to remove mould from your bathroom ceiling. Most people don’t realise that bleach only lightens the pigmentation of mould and doesn’t kill it. You can quite easily make up your own mould cleaning solution by doing the following:

Dilute ¼ teaspoon of oil of cloves with one litre of water. Put it into a spray bottle for easy use.

Most people spray the affected area and wait 24hours before washing off. For cleaning of the bathroom ceiling (which is generally the most affected area to clean during an end of lease clean), spray the roof of the bathroom and leave overnight. Then grab yourself a sponge mop and a clean bucket of water. I usually use a bit of sugar soap in the bucket of water, then dip the mop ood wring and wipe over the mouldy areas. The good thing about this method is cleaning with a sponge is gentle on any surface and it won't damage the paint on the ceiling.

Real estate agents and landlord can sometimes come down hard on tenants if they do routine inspections and see mould growing on the ceiling of your bathroom. Most tenants unfortunately leave this problem for far too long and rely on end of lease cleaners to kill the mould during the end of lease cleaning process. This is not recommended as it's not only bad for your health but not good in the eyes of the managing agent.

You can buy clove oil at most places that sell natural oils/essences. Most people purchase their clove oil from essential oils and incense shops. It’s relatively cheap considering its powerful cleaning properties and the amount of money it can save you in the long run.

Remember, the above method is the best solution without having to use toxic chemicals when end of lease cleaning. You may want to head down the eco friendly path for a number of reasons. Bleach may cause you headaches and unfortunately that's the first chemical which most people reach for in order to treat their mould problem but like I said, this doesn’t kill the mould.

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    • Kenny Smithers profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenny Smithers 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hey Leah. Thanks for your comment. Remember you need to tackle the mould from the source. A basement is a very typical area mould thrives in.

    • leahlefler profile image

      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      I never realized clove oil would work against mold! Great article - we have trouble in our damp basement, so I'll have to try this!

    • Kenny Smithers profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenny Smithers 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Thanks Vincent. Yes, you can clean the area with vinegar and bi-carb first then spray on the solution and it works a treat. Thanks for your comment.

    • Vincent de Jong profile image

      Vincent de Jong 

      6 years ago

      Great hub and really helpful. I'm going to try a few different recipes for making the clove oil cleaning solution. Also you can use vinegar (I think) with the clove oil. It's a nightmare to get rid of the old mould especially how it keeps on creeping its way back onto my bathroom ceiling.

    • Kenny Smithers profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenny Smithers 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Generally, it's the landlords responsibility to take measures to prevent the mould growing in the first place. For instance, putting an exhaust fan in the bathroom is the most common problem. Good thing is, having a cheap and easy alternative like clove oil can keep it at bay. Thanks for your comment AK!

    • A K Turner profile image

      Joseph A K Turner 

      6 years ago from West Yorkshire

      Haha, I got battered by my old landlord for mould growing, took a tonne of my cash, who'd have thought all it needed was a bit of clove oil.


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