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How To Make Homemade Clove Oil To Fight Mold

Homemade Clove Oil

Everyone runs into bathroom mold issues at some point. Even here in arid Utah we can’t escape it! The humidity of the bathroom, combined with soap scum and other residues, creates the perfect environment for icky mold to grow. Mold can be harmful, so large areas of mold should be cleaned and decontaminated by a professional. But those little spots of mold in the corners of your shower can be cleaned easily, and naturally, too!

Today I’ll be showing you how to make an all-natural cleaner that will help you get rid of those unsightly mold spots in your tub and shower. Clove oil has anti-fungal properties that actually kill mold spores, rather than just giving the appearance of cleanliness. And it’s easy to make!

Homemade Clove Oil

Mold-Fighting Clove Oil

You’ll need:

Homemade Clove Oil


Place the whole cloves in a coffee grinder or mortar and break them down into small, evenly-sized pieces. (You’ll want to grind whole cloves rather than using pre-ground cloves because fresh cloves will work more effectively at killing mold.)

Homemade Clove Oil

Fold a 1’ square of cheesecloth in half, then fold it in half again. Place the ground cloves in the center of the folded cheesecloth, then gather the corners of the cloth in the center. Secure the corners of the cheesecloth together with a piece of cotton string to form a satchel.

Homemade Clove Oil

Pour 1 cup of olive oil into a glass jar, then submerge the satchel of cloves in the oil. Cover the top of the jar with a piece of aluminum foil.

Homemade Clove Oil

Next, fill a small saucepan about halfway with water, then bring it to a simmer on your stovetop. Place your metal or glass bowl over the pan to create a double-boiler, then place your glass jar with the cloves right into the bowl. Let the jar sit suspended over the simmering water for at least an hour. (Make sure to check up on the pan from time to time to make sure it doesn’t run out of water.)

Homemade Clove Oil

When the hour is up, remove the cheesecloth satchel and discard it. Let the clove oil cool completely before using.

Homemade Clove Oil

How To Use Your Clove Oil

To use, add one teaspoon of your clove oil to a small spray bottle, along with 2 ounces of water. Shake well to combine, and spray liberally onto areas affected by mold.

Homemade Clove Oil

Let the oil work its magic for about 20 minutes, then wipe clean. Follow up with a tile and grout cleaner to clean up discolored areas.

Store your extra clove oil in an airtight container for later use.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I got my clove bud oil at our Sprouts. I think it was probably about $ 8-9. You can find a lot of the natural stuff there from Jillees blog. They carry the little dark glass spray bottles for not much $.

  • Hi Jillee,
    instead of a cheesecloth satchel I use old nylons. I always have a lot of these on hand, be it for making rugs, avoiding pieces of herbs in stews, etc.
    Thank you for all your useful information.

  • If I have clove oil already, is it the same ratio oil to water?
    I had some given to me for toothaches. It cost a fortune for a tiny bottle.

  • Pure clove oil is inexpensive (especially when purchased through a craft supplier). 4 ounce bottle on Vitacost is only $13. This is one that seems easier to simply purchase : )

  • I wonder if clove bud oil would work. I agree with what Joanne and Brenda are saying. Leave the huge mold removal jobs to a pro. A lot of folks where I live in Missouri have dehumidifiers . Because of our moist , humid climate it’s supposed help keep the mold from growing on your walls. Big areas of mold are dangerous and can cause health problems. My brother and family were going to rent a place a few years back, but my sister in law went in to do some cleaning, and they wound up backing out because the mold levels made her feel sick.

  • Would clove essential oil work as well? Of course the cost would be higher, and I definitely love the idea of making my own, but sometimes the time factor isn’t on my side, and I’d still like to try this. Besides, the fragrance of cloves beats the heck out of the smell of bleach, the “standard” mold remover! I hope it works for me!

  • I would like to see the clove oil recipe directions in printer friendly form. Once I see this I’ll definitely try your post. Keep your posts coming – I have like so many of them.

  • I LOVE the smell of cloves, so I’m thinking of making some of this just for an air freshener. But I’m a little nervous about discoloring my grout. Can you expand on the “clean up discolored areas” part?

    PS: You’re in Utah? How come I haven’t run into you at any of the conferences or local blogger events? I’m in the Salt Lake area and I go to local events 4 or 5 times a year.

  • Jillee, thanks tons for your wonderful and useful posts. I also love your many cool containers and spray bottles. It’s so hard to find a good quality spray bottle; where do you get yours? If you’ve already covered this, would you just direct me to the info?

    Thanks again,

    • As Jill said, if the mold is over a larger area, one should use a professional to decontaminate. However, her clove oil is for small areas only.

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