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Essential Oils with Antibacterial, Anti-fungal and Antimicrobial Properties for Cleaning in the Home

by Kimberley Graham

Essential Oils can be used for a myriad of cleaning and cleansing purposes. Some essential oils, like Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil, are well known for their antimicrobial and fungicidal properties. But there are many essential oils that can be added to DIY home cleaning and mold removal solutions. Here are a few essential oils with antimicrobial properties that may surprise you.

Clove Essential Oil

Cloves are traditionally used in herbal medicine and are a common culinary spice. Clove essential oil has antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. The vapor of clove essential oil can be strong enough to inhibit spore germination, while direct application of clove oil has been shown to be fungicidal. In a study on fungal species isolated from environmental air samples, clove essential oil was found to be the most efficiant, in terms of its broad-spectrum fungicidal properties and persistence over time (compared to Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils, which also have solid fungicidal properties). Clove essential oil is definitely one of the most effective essential oils for indoor mold remediation, improved air quality and a thorough disinfection. A dilution of between 2 to 5 percent clove essential oil is recommended in a cleaning solution.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass oil has been studied extensively and a range of properties beneficial for health and well-being have been identified. With antidepressant, antioxidant, antiseptic, bactericidal, and with fungicidal properties, the list of positive effects from lemongrass oil seem to be endless. This leafy, tropical plant has been used for centuries in Asian cuisine, as it’s fruity, citrus fragrance is delicious in curries and soups. When using lemongrass essential oil in a cleaning solution – at least 2.5 percent must be lemongrass oil to be effective. After cleaning with a lemongrass infused cleaning solution, you may even feel a natural mood lift.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon oil has been used for a long time in India for cooking, as an ingredient in soaps and a flavour in gums. With strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, cinnamon oil has been shown to decrease viral factors, have an effect on fungal spore production and growth, as well as being effective against a number of different types of bacteria. The active phytochemical in cinnamon oil derived from bark are called cinnamaldehydes, while the oil from leaves are rich in eugenol. As these chemical compounds are quite strong, it is recommended to dilute the solution to less than 2 percent oil concentration when using cinnamon essential oil for cleaning.

Other Essential Oils

Other essential oils known to have beneficial fungicidal properties for indoor air quality and mold remediation are oregano, thyme and lemon, although more research is needed. If you are looking for a professional to help you deep clean, or would like to know how much a professional mold remediation or removal costs, feel free to get in touch with us via the contact page. We would be happy to give you a quote on our mold related services in Connecticut and Westchester County, NY.