We have used the clove oil method in the past but I think this time we’ll give the vinegar a go and then do a little clove oil touch up, just cause it neutralizes the smell so nicely. We got started last weekend with our lounge room. We used the white vinegar in a spray bottle on our leather lounge as well. I got mixed advice online about leather so we'll see if it falls apart but so far so good. And it smells a lot better at least in there.
If you are planning warfare yourself, then here are some suggestions on how to go about it.
Please Note – It’s wise to do a test patch first.
Distilled White Vinegar 1
Distilled white vinegar as it is in a spray bottle.
Spray leave for a few hours, wipe spray again and leave on.
It’s anti-fungal and it’s the acidity that breaks up the structure of the mold
Distilled White Vinegar 2
If you have really large areas to be cleaned another suggestion could work well. Prepare 3 buckets.
Bucket 1 - 8 parts distilled white vinegar & 2 parts water for the cleaning
Bucket 2 - 4 parts distilled white vinegar & 2 parts water for rinsing your cloth in
Bucket 3 – Only water for the second rinse
Tea Tree Oil
10 Drops Tea Tree oil + 1 cup of water in a spray bottle
Leave for a few hours, scrub and spray again leave on
Tea tree oil is anti-fungal and antibacterial
1tsp Hydrogen Peroxide + 1 cup of water in a spray bottle
Leave for 10 minutes, wipe and spray again leave on
Hydrogen peroxide is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It kills the mold by oxidizing the surface.
½ tsp Clove oil + 1 litre of water in a spray bottle
Clove oil is anti-fungal, bacterial, viral and microbial.
Spray on leave for a few hours, wipe and spray again and leave on.
½ tsp Baking Soda + 1 cup of water in a spray bottle
This can be good to finish up with after you’ve cleaned with any of the options above. Please note don't use this on varnished timber, it may peel off the varnish, yep pretty potent stuff.