Long used as a cure for tooth ache, oil of cloves is a great mould inhibitor for outdoor fabrics like garden shades and umbrellas. The oil actually kills mould spores.
• Simply add a quarter of a teaspoon of oil to a litre of water in a spray bottle, lightly mist it over the fabric, and you can store away umbrellas etc for months without the worry of mould taking over by the following summer.
• For mouldy surfaces that don’t like water (like leather shoes etc), add a 1/4 teaspoon of oil of cloves to 500ml baby oil, give it a good shake and wipe a few drops of it over the shoes using a pantyhose cloth. The mould will lift off straight away and won’t come back.
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You can find essential oils from your local supermarket, pharmacist, naturopath, health food stores or essential oil suppliers.