Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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AROUND THE HOUSE

MOLD & MILDEW

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Mold and mildew have a tendency to grow anywhere moisture and warmth are present, but they’re no match for equally potent herbs. These fungi are often superficial and easy to remove from hard, non-porous surfaces, no harsh chemicals required. If you notice they keep returning despite your efforts to keep your home dry and well ventilated, invest in a professional assessment. Uncovering the source and addressing the problem early can help prevent costly repairs later.

Tea Tree Mildew Remover

YIELD: 3 OUNCES
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 10 MINUTES

This potent mildew remover works on a variety of items, but may cause bleaching on dark-colored fabric. Start by testing it on a hidden area.

4 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons lemon juice

12 drops tea tree essential oil

1.In a small bowl, mix together the salt, lemon juice, and tea tree essential oil.

2.Using a small, stiff brush, apply the cleaner to mildewed areas and scrub.

3.Leave the cleaner in place for 10 minutes.

4.Rinse with water.

Images If treating a fabric item, wash it in warm, soapy water. Rub the cleanser in, then place the item in full sun for 2 or 3 hours before rinsing. Repeat the process one more time if the stain persists.

Eucalyptus–Tea Tree Spray

YIELD: 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: SPRAY BOTTLE
TIME: 5 MINUTES

To prevent problematic mold and mildew in damp areas such as bathrooms, use this fresh-smelling antifungal spray during regular cleanups.

8 ounces white vinegar

12 drops eucalyptus essential oil

12 drops tea tree essential oil

1.In a spray bottle, combine the vinegar and the eucalyptus and tea tree oils.

2.Shake well before each use.

3.Spray onto soiled surfaces and wipe up with a cloth or paper towel. Store in a cool, dark place.

Lavender–Tea Tree Mold Scrub

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES

If mold and mildew are causing stained grout or tile in the kitchen or bath, you’ll find that this simple, inexpensive scrub is an effective, natural way to eliminate it. If the problem is severe, you may need to repeat the scrub and rinse cycle two to three times.

¼ cup baking soda

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil

1.In a cup or bowl, combine all of the ingredients, stirring with a whisk or fork.

2.Using a damp sponge, apply generously to the affected area.

3.Leave the mixture in place for 5 to 10 minutes.

4.Scrub the mixture with the sponge or a brush, using small circular motions, then rinse clean with water.

5.Use this solution any time you notice signs of mold or mildew returning. Apply the tea tree mildew remover or eucalyptus–tea tree spray to inhibit future growth.