Cinnamon is a popular spice, one that’s practically iconic during the holiday season. The taste, smell, and even the look of cinnamon are welcome additions to any home. What you may not know about this potent herb is that it has some applications that go beyond its usual scope of appeal. It is also antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and a purifier! Diluted cinnamon oil is even great for bee stings.
So how does it work in a mold contaminated property? Cinnamon oil is among a handful of essential oils that are harmless to humans, and extremely effective at killing mold. In fact, it’s one of the strongest mold killing oils, and it also has antibacterial properties.
How effective is cinnamon at killing mold?
Some industries, like those that produce baked goods, will use cinnamon in their product wrappers to extend the shelf life of breads and cakes, staving off staleness inducing bacteria and mold growth. In fact, there are variations of plastic specifically for food items that are already being made with cinnamon inside of them, to make the process even more efficient. If it can do that for bread, imagine what it can do for your home.
How to Use It:
To add a great smell to your home, and to fight back against airborne mold spores, consider a diffuser with cinnamon oil. Not only will you improve the way that your home smells, but you’ll also be hitting the mold where it really hurts; spores that spread throughout the air from the original growth are the fastest way for the mold itself to get to other, hospitable surfaces. Cinnamon oil can intercept it.
Mix cinnamon oil with your cleaning solutions for even more bacteria, mold busting power. If you don’t already mix vinegar with your surface cleaners, try it with a bit of cinnamon oil added. Your kitchen, and other rooms, will smell nice, and you’ll get an extra boost that can make your home safer.
Try cinnamon oil in your garden. Obviously not as much of a concern during the winter months, but once spring arrives, you may have to contend with the growth of mold outside of the home as well. Cinnamon oil can be applied to plant stems to greatly reduce any growth of mold; perfect for indoor plants that may be vulnerable as well. Best of all, compared to other fungicide products, cinnamon oil is safe for pets and children.
Other essential oils that have anti fungal and anti-mold properties include rosemary and peppermint. If you can’t get a hold of cinnamon for some reason, these two, and a handful of others, can also help to fight back against the growth of mold. Cinnamon is the most effective one to use, though, so if you have the option, go with that first.
As for the amount of cinnamon oil to use in your mixtures, it can vary by task and purpose. Some recommendations will include 1% cinnamon oil extract to 99% water, but you may need a higher ratio if you are dealing with aggressive or highly resilient molds. Having said all that, don’t expect that you will solve all your mold issues without an expert Mold Remediation company. Cinnamon may be great for the prevention of small amounts of mold, but when the entire house or even just one room is affected, you will need professional help with the problem.
If your friends, family and neighbors have had significant mold damage to homes or businesses you can contact Reset Restoration 24/7 to inquire about Tulsa restoration services. Call Reset Restoration today at (918) 582-7373.