While vinegar and tea tree oil are effective on hard surface, what about carpet, cushions
, and liners? I've had flooded basements and bought boats with horrific spotted carpet liners. This stuff with remove it in minutes (with a vac or extractor in severe cases--gotta pull the dirty water
out) and keep it from coming back.
The combination of borax and pH are lethal to mildew, initially, and in the future. Do NOT increase the concentration--you want just the correct residual.
As for vinegar on fabrics (sorry about this), it will only make the mildew comeback worse than before. (a) mildew likes slightly acid conditions (you can Google
this--molds produce acid), (b) vinegar is mildew food
, and (c), I've tested this in both lab and field conditions. If the mildew did not come back, it was coincidental. Hard surfaces are different, because the vinegar will kill the mildew and the acetic acid will evaporate before the pests can come back. Any one who is curious can do some side-by-side tests with fabric
and a damp location. Go for it.
I've tested many cleaners side by side on fabrics, including vinegar, tea tree oil, and everything from the store for articles, and Formula B outperforms all comers for removal
and prevention. For pennies.