A Non-Toxic Approach to Shower Mold

I noticed some mold spots growing on my brand new pebble shower floor and of course didn’t want to clean it up with a harsh, toxic commercial moldicide. Even the word is scary! So I consulted The Naturally Clean Home – 150 Super-easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning book and tried the following recipe. The mold wiped right off!

Here it is:

Mold Deterrent

1 1/4 cups white vinegar

3/4 cup water

4 drops cinnamon essential oil

6 drops patchouli essential oil

2 teaspoons tea tree essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a plastic bottle.  Spray surface well.  If you have mold buildup, allow the spray to rest on the surface for a few hours.  Wipe off with a soft cloth, then respray and let dry without rinsing.  You can use this recipe as the name suggests as a mold deterrent and spray surfaces without rinsing.

I used peppermint essential oil in place of the cinnamon and patchouli since I didn’t have the others.

A Little Information About Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil comes from the Australian paperbark tree and is an all-around remedy long valued for its anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Some Common Uses:

Around the house tea tree oil can be used as a toothbrush cleaner, mold treatment, natural pest control (the strong smell naturally repels ants and other insects), and laundry freshener.  For body care, tea tree oil helps control acne, fights fungal and bacterial infections, treats athlete’s foot, dandruff, lice, and gingivitis.  In aromatherapy, tea tree oil can be helpful in alleviating chest and head congestion, stuffy nose, and other symptoms of colds and flu, especially when used in steam inhalation.

unnamed-3A bottle of this little household wonder can be found at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or other natural food stores.


White vinegar (and apple cider vinegar) besides its obvious uses in cooking, is a completely safe all around cleaner, disinfectant, weed killer, pet cleaner, odor neutralizer, clothes whitener, glass cleaner and many more.  No pantry should be without a huge container of vinegar!  

For more green cleaning tips, click here.

Some information compiled from: http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/tea-tree-oil.aspx

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26 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nancy Yardley on September 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    We have that problem with mold too! Will try your solution


    • It worked for me! I left the solution on a few hours, wiped it down and then put more solution down as a deterrent. Good luck!
      Thanks for commenting…..


  2. Great post, Betsy. I’m going to give this a try.


  3. I’m saving these. I bought a large bottle of peppermint oil to get rid of box bugs. Putting some in the paint as I paint the house. You got any tips for dissolving hair in shower drains. The plumber told me years ago not to bother with drain cleaner, bleach was the only thing that dissolved hair in the traps. I can’t get to the traps in these drains and there is no way to screen them. I’m looking for a better solution than bleach. My daughter loses LOTS of hair in the shower and I’m no slouch either. Vinegar, I have gone through a dozen gallons this summer already. It’s in many areas of the inside and outside the house. Kills all the grass though it needs to be reapplied often.


  4. Posted by Tudy & David Hill on September 10, 2015 at 1:47 am

    thank you, Betsy! Can’t wait to try…


  5. Great advice, Betsy. I’d like to share something that happened recently at our new cabin in the mountains. I’d left sugar in a drawer without putting in a plastic bag. When we returned, the drawer was infested with big black ants. Not wanting toxic chemicals in my house, we googled natural remedies. Bronner’s peppermint soap. I soaked the drawer with it, then left paper towels soaked in it for a week. No more ants. None. We left for another few weeks. When we returned? No ants. Love that stuff.


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