Cleaning expert shares how to remove and PREVENT mould with a special ‘solution’ as Australia recovers from extreme rain
- A cleaning professional has shared how to prevent mould from growing inside
- Anita Birges, from Sydney, found mould on her blinds after a weekend away
- She quickly cleaned the area using a homemade solution that’s easy to make
- A ‘prevention solution’ was made using clove oil, tea tree oil and white vinegar
An Australian cleaning expert who’s on a mission against mould has revealed how to keep the unwanted bacteria growth away from your home.
Anita Birges, who heads Mise en Place Professional Organising in Sydney, recommended a ‘prevention solution’ made from clove oil, tea tree oil and white vinegar to deter mould.
In an Instagram video, Anita said to use the homemade concoction after cleaning and disinfecting the contaminated area.
Cleaning expert Anita Birges, from Sydney, (pictured) shared a how to make a solution to help prevent mould from growing in your home
After returning back home from a weekend getaway, Anita found mould had attacked her roller blinds (right). She urgently removed the mould from the blinds by cleaning the area with a homemade solution made from equal parts isopropyl and warm water in a spray bottle
After returning back home from a weekend getaway, Anita found mould had attacked her roller blinds as well as the ‘usual suspect’ areas – such as the front door and windowsills.
‘I knew that being away and having the house closed up for the weekend, with no air flow, was going to be the ideal situation for the mould to take hold. I was right!!’ she wrote online.
She urgently removed the mould from the blinds by cleaning the area with a homemade solution made from equal parts isopropyl and warm water in a spray bottle.
Anita sprayed the area, left it on for 10 minutes then wiped it clean using a microfibre cloth.
Spraying the prevention solution onto surfaces often will help stop the mould from returning.
The homemade spray is also supported by wellness business Vitalia, as the brand also shared how to make a solution that’s similar to Anita’s.
Prior to using the ‘prevention solution’, she cleaned the area with a homemade solution made from equal parts isopropyl and warm water in a spray bottle (left)
Isopropyl is a type of alcohol that can be purchased from Bunnings Warehouse, while essential oils and vinegar are the perfect anti-bacterial ingredients to kill bacteria – and both can be bought from the chemist.
After less than 24 hours, the helpful clip went viral and has been viewed more than 88,000 times.
This year Sydney has been inundated with heavy rain, causing mould repellent products to sell out at Bunnings.
It’s important to remove any mould from your home as mould spores can lead to health implications.
How to remove mould from your home:
Anita recommends first cleaning the area with a homemade solution spray followed by a ‘prevention solution’
1. To make the cleaning solution, pour equal parts isopropyl alcohol and warm water into a spray bottle
2. Apply to the area and leave on for 10 minutes
3. Wipe over with microfibre cloth
4. Next make the mould prevention solution using 10 drops clove oil, 10 drops tea tree oil and 100ml white vinegar
5. Spray the solution onto surfaces and area around the home – such as the shower, windowsills, roller blinds, etc
Source: Anita Birges/Instagram
Earlier this year Anita shared another simple hack for keeping mould away from drawers and cupboards.
She recommended using chalk and clove oil to prevent mould in a video posted to her popular Instagram and TikTok pages.
She simply adds a few drops of clove oil onto a large chalk stick and puts it in her drawer to absorb moisture and kill mould spores.
Earlier this year Anita shared another simple hack for keeping mould away from drawers and cupboards
Anita recommended using chalk and clove oil to prevent mould in a video posted to her popular Instagram and TikTok pages.
‘Do you have mould in your drawers or in your bedroom? Ok, have I got the bets mould prevention hack for you,’ she says in the clip.
Anita suggests putting two to three drops of clove oil onto a jumbo piece of chalk.
‘Place or hang them in cupboards and drawers and allow the scent to waft around killing mould spores,’ the cleaning expert said.
She simply adds a few drops of clove oil onto a large chalk stick and puts it in her drawer to absorb moisture and kill mould spores
In the comments, Anita said the chalk absorbs moisture and the clove oil prevents mould from coming back.
The clips drew in thousands of views with many thankful for the advice after the wet and humid weather plaguing parts of Queensland and New South Wales saw a rise in household mould.
‘It’s always the simple stuff that works best!’ one fan said.
‘Wow that is awesome. Going to go and buy some chalk tomorrow,’ a second wrote.