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Can Tea Tree Oil Kill Mold?

Of all the natural mold killing solutions, tea tree oil is the most effective.  Although it can be costly, a small amount of tea tree oil goes a long way.

Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is harmless to people and pets.  Tea tree oil is an antifungal and is capable of killing all types of molds.  Tea tree oil is also an antibacterial.

Most natural food stores carry tea tree oil.  Make sure the oil you buy is from the Melaleuca Alternifolia, which is the technical name for tea tree, as not all brands always are.

To kill mold using tea tree oil, add 1 teaspoon tea tree oil and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.  
Spray the solution on the moldy surface.
Do not rinse.  Leaving the tea tree oil on the surface will kill the mold and prevent it from returning.
An alternative to using a spray bottle is to use a rag or cloth with the tea tree oil solution to clean away mold.
Remember to always wear gloves when cleaning to protect your hands.

Tea tree oil  has a strong smell but it will go away after some time.  Since tea tree oil does not lose its potency quickly, the solution can be stored away after cleaning.

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