Does grapefruit seed extract kill mold?
Grapefruit seed extract, sometimes also referred to as citrus seed extract, is one of the safest and most natural mold killers you will ever find. Here we reveal what it is, what the advantages and disadvantages are of using it in combating mold, and also how to use it.
- What is grapefruit seed extract?
- Pros and cons
- How to kill mold with grapefruit seed extract
- Using it as a preventative measure
What is grapefruit seed extract?
It is the seeds and pulp from the vitamin c and antioxidant-rich grapefruit, which is a hybrid of sweet orange and pomelo. The seeds and pulp is extracted from the fruit, ground up, and then has glycerine added to it. The final product is mainly sold and used as a dietary supplement and sometimes even used in beauty products.
Pros and cons
Grapefruit seed extract has a high concentration of citric acid, and that is what makes it such an efficient mold killer. It leaves no unpleasant odors behind and even disinfects whatever surface areas you clean with it. It also works just as well on porous surfaces, as it does on non-porous surfaces.
One important thing you should keep in mind when choosing a bottle of this natural mold killer is that not all brands are equal. What you ideally want is a product that is as pure as possible because many of them have a range of different additives included, which has no effect on mold.
The only real downside to using grapefruit seed extract for killing mold is that it can be a little bit on the expensive side. Although, it does cost considerably less than tea tree oil and a 100ml bottle can last a long time.
How to kill mold with grapefruit seed extract
1: Fill a cup with water and add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to it. There is no exact amount of drops, but I have had great success with only ten drops. Just remember, the stuff is powerful, and the more you add, the more efficient it will be at getting the job done, so feel free to add more if you want.
2: Transfer the water and grapefruit seed extract mixture to a spray bottle and shake it well.
3: Spray generously onto the moldy area.
4: Allow at least 20 to 30 minutes for the citric acid to kill and break the mold up. The longer you wait, the better.
5: Take a rag or cloth and wipe the mold away. If there is still mold present, then repeat the process.
6: Just remember, it’s not necessary to dry the area afterward. It’s best to leave it to dry on its own.
Using it as a preventative measure
Why wait for mold to appear before taking action? After all, being pro-active is the best solution and can save you from a lot of hassle down the road.
All you have to do to be pro-active is to spray grapefruit seed extract regularly in high-risk areas because, as mentioned, it’s a great disinfectant, so it kills those allergy-causing mold spores too.