Clove oil is a truly amazing essential oil.
It has many healing properties as well as being an effective oil to use around your home. It is also an anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-viral. You can purchase it as 100% oil or pre-mixed in water from most chemists, health food stores, online and select supermarkets. The oil can be a bit expensive but because you only use a tiny amount, it will last for a long time.
As with all essential oils, you must heed the safety warnings before use. Clove oil can irritate the skin and mucous membranes (especially in its pure form) so always take precautions when using it in your house such as wearing rubber gloves and goggles to protect your eyes. Pregnant women should not use it as it is a uterine stimulant. Also do not use if you are taking any blood-thinning medications. Keep it away from children, and if swallowed or an allergic reaction occurs, seek immediate medical attention.
Here are some of the amazing things clove oil can do at your home.
1. Removing Mould from Bathroom/Kitchen
Put ½ teaspoon of 100% clove oil into a litre of water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the mouldy areas (patch test first to make sure it doesn’t damage the surface) then leave for a few hours. Wipe off with a wet cloth to remove the mould (sometimes, it may need a scrub with a brush to get rid of stubborn mould). Then spray a little more on the area and leave it as this will stop mould from growing back. This will work on tiles, tile grout, walls and ceilings (just make sure if you spray it on the ceiling, it doesn’t fall into your eyes – wear protective eye wear!)
2. Cleaning a Mouldy Patio (paved/tiled)
Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this information. Shannon Lush from the Lifestyle channel suggests a great way to do this using clove oil. Mix ¼ teaspoon clove oil with a litre of water in a spray bottle, and then spray over the mouldy areas. Leave this overnight and then sprinkle some table salt over the area. Scrub with a brush and hose off. This needs to be repeated regularly.