Mold infestations strike in humid areas or in homes with poor ventilation, often causing extensive damage to plasterboard walls, wood paneling and carpet. As a known respiratory irritant, mold requires immediate removal when it appears. Professional services are costly, however, and commercially prepared mold removal solutions contain noxious fumes that are just as damaging to the lungs. Luckily, an ecologically friendly and inexpensive mold removal solution can easily be made from oil of cloves, an essential oil pressed from clove buds, stems and leaves.
Scrub the moldy area lightly with a scrub brush dipped in hot water. Doing so will remove the visible mold and prepare the surface for effective sanitation. Pat the area dry with a paper towel or dishrag once most of the black material is removed.
Put on your gloves. Prepare a solution of 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon of clove oil in a spray bottle. Hot or warm water works best for this task.
Spray the oil of cloves solution on the affected area until saturated. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe it down with a paper towel or rag. By this point, all traces of the visible mold should be gone.
Spray the area again lightly with the oil of cloves solution. Do not wipe it away. Oil of cloves inhibits the growth of mold and effectively kills any remaining spores, so leaving a layer of the solution on areas prone to mold prevents infestations.
Apply the solution periodically, once or twice per month, to prevent further mold growth.