One of the most popular aromatic mold-fighters is tea tree oil. This is an excellent choice if you want to kill mold spores growing in your bathroom or elsewhere.
Or, it seems like Thieves oil could also work. This is a five-oil recipe sold by the Young Living company. It’s come to be associated with the story of four Medieval thieves, who stole from the sick during a deadly plague.
These men were protected by a special aromatic blend, at least according to a widely circulated account.
In my own house, I use a similar product for mold control. It contains the same type of oils found in Thieves. This is called Fabulous Frannie Protect. It’s made by a small California-based company, so it’s not as well known as the Young Living Thieves.
Don’t get me wrong. Tea tree oil is great for most jobs. If you want to do some serious mold-busting, put about 15 to 20 drops of this oil in a spray bottle filled with water. Then use it to tackle this beast.
Tea tree contains compounds called terpinen-4-ol and cineole, which seem to get at the root of the mold problem.
So when I want to tackle bathroom mold, tea tree is my “go to” remedy.
However, this aromatic oil has one big problem. It stinks. It doesn’t fill your home with a calming soothing scent, like lavender does. And it doesn’t impart a clean, uplifting fragrance, as you’ll get with peppermint.
Instead, it smells a lot like industrial solvent. This is not something you want to linger in the air.
Cleaning Up Mold in Basement
One mold hotspot in my house is the basement. We ran a dehumidifier during the warmer months. But, then, this device began to smell musty. This very unhealthy odor lingered in the air around it.
The first time I noticed this, we thought it was just because our dehumidifier was old. So we bought a new one. But after just a week or two, our brand new purchase smelled exactly the same.
I knew we had a serious issue, which needed to be fixed.
Nowadays, whenever I have a problem, essential oils can often solve it. This one was no different.
Thieves Oil for Mold
Putting tea tree oil in my dehumidifier isn’t my first choice. This is a very useful oil, but for other types of mold problems. It has a really strong and not entirely pleasant smell.
Fortunately, I was able to use another natural remedy, which I already had in my house. Actually, I had a lot of it, since I’d purchased several bottles the year before.
This was Fabulous Frannie Four Thieves oil. It’s not to be confused with the proprietary Thieves oil made by Young Living company. YL makes an excellent product, and it’s available for sale online. I have absolutely no doubt the YL brand would have also solved my mold problem just as well as the brand I was using.
I realize some people prefer to obtain their oils from a well-known source. Young Living certainly has brand recognition. It’s oils are very high quality. So, if you’re in the market for the original Thieves oil, it’s available here.
I’ve been happy with the Four Thieves oil sold by the lesser-known competitor. (Recently, Fabulous Frannie changed the name to “Protect.”) After ordering my first bottle, it didn’t take me long to buy some more. Actually, I bought multiple bottles, because I tend to use them up.
Both Young Living Thieves and Fabulous Frannie Protect contain clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus oils.
Thieves-type blends such as these are designed to protect against infectious disease. They are named after a group of 14th-century thieves who stole from the sick, without getting sick themselves, during the Black Death, which killed millions of Europeans. It’s believed these men lived in France.
They stayed well with their secret herbal blend. Once they were caught, they were forced to confess, in exchange for a lighter sentence. The above germ-killing aromatics appear to be based upon this widely circulated account.
Getting Rid of Mold in Basement
Just so I don’t mislead anyone, I don’t think putting essential oils in a dehumidifier is going to solve a serious basement mold problem. Our basement smells a little musty, and this unfortunately invaded our dehumidifier. We don’t see mold black mold growing in our basement. But we could smell something. For our relatively mild problem, Fabulous Frannie Protect seemed to work.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. People with health concerns should discuss them with a doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils, unless under the direction of a healthcare professional.