I have mentioned clove oil a couple of times in posts, particularly in regard to eliminating mould from your home.
As people who have been following my blog posts will know, we live in an area which has high humidity and rainfall for at least 6 months of the year. Last summer was particularly bad with our hygrometer consistently measuring the humidity in our living area at above 85% for about 5 months. The only time I could reduce it was by running the portable dehumidifier. It was so bad that I slipped and fell because our vinyl flooring was so wet, the sheets felt damp when we got into bed and mould grew on everything that was not constantly moving – ceiling, walls,furniture, clothes, shoes, belts and bags.
I had heard of clove oil but was unsure of how effective it would be. A work colleague who had similar problems had researched where to buy clove oil and found that the best option was Oil of Cloves. Check the site for all of the information on clove oil and its mould inhibiting properties. We bought it in 1 litre quantities and split the cost between several people. This is a good option if you are interested because if you are having problems with mould, it is almost inevitable that your neighbours are as well.
I bought 200ml which I think will be plenty for a considerable length of time for me. I decided that $70 was a small price to pay to see if I could get rid of the mould. I am pleased to say it has been very effective. I cleaned all of my shoes using the recommended dilution and the other day I took a pair of shoes from my cupboard that had not been worn for 6 months, yet there was no sign of any mould on them. Previously any shoes that were left in the cupboard for more than a fortnight would start to be affected.
If you are serious about getting rid of the mould I would also recommend a dehumidifier and also these eggs which are excellent for small, enclosed spaces such as wardrobes and linen cupboards. They are readily available. Mould cannot grow in a humidity of less than 60%.
I am interested to hear other people’s experiences with clove oil, dehumidifiers and battling mould.