Mildew on clothes, shower curtains, sinks and tubs is such an ugly sight. Mildew is a fungus that thrives on moist surfaces. Mildew develops in areas where there is moisture and high humidity. Clothes can have mildew if stored when not fully dried. Mildew can be difficult to remove but you can easily whip up a homemade solution to prevent the growth of mildew around your house, using ingredients that you have in your kitchen.
- Baking soda is an all-purpose cleaner and stain remover. It does not contain harsh chemicals that can affect the surface of different materials around the house such as porcelain and plastic. It can be made into a paste or diluted with water for general cleaning. Baking soda cleans as well as removes odor.
- Vinegar has long been regarded as a stain remover and disinfectant as well as whitener. The acidic property of vinegar makes it a good stain remover for hard and soft surfaces.
- Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that make it a good disinfectant and mildew killer. These three ingredients combined with water will make an effective mildew remover that is eco-friendly.
- In a large container with lid, mix one half cup of water and one half cup of white vinegar. Cap the container tightly and shake it to combine the two ingredients well. Slowly add one tablespoon of baking soda to the water and vinegar solution. The water will form bubbles as the vinegar reacts to the introduction of baking soda. Wait until the solution has stopped fizzing. Add ten drops of tea tree oil to the mix. Cap the container tightly once again and shake it vigorously to distribute and incorporate the tea tree oil.
- Transfer some of the solution into a plastic spray bottle and spray on the mildew. Allow the solution to soak through the mildew for five minutes before rinsing it with water. Repeat the process if there are still some stains left on the surface.
- For truly stubborn mildew stains, pour some of the mildew remover onto a small container. Add baking soda until you have made a paste. Spread this over the affected area and leave it there for at least fifteen minutes. Dampen a scouring pad and scrub the mildew affected area. Work on small areas, adding the paste to the rest of the affected surfaces so that the paste has time to penetrate and lift the mildew stains while you are scrubbing another section of the affected area.
- You can also use a solution of two cups of water with twenty drops of citrus seed extract. You can buy citrus seed extract from health food stores. Transfer the solution into a plastic spray bottle and give it a vigorous shake to blend the ingredients. Spray on the mildew affected areas and allow the solution to do its magic. Do not rinse the area where you sprayed the solution.
Store the unused portion of the solution in a tightly capped and
properly labeled bottle and keep it in a cool dark place. Lemon
essential oil can be used in place of tea tree oil, as this may be
harder to find. Make sure that you are using organic and natural oils.