Can I use
bleach or anti-fungal agent to get rid of mold?
Many of these products, including bleach are toxic chemicals that are
themselves harmful to human health.
Standard anti-fungal agents may kill mold, but they will not rid the area
completely of mold, especially if you have porous surfaces. And standard treatments
leave behind dead mold spores, which can also cause problems in the human body.
But worse, because they are designed to dissipate rapidly, mold returns quickly
after these treatments.
Bleach is 94-97% water. And water is the key ingredient necessary for
mold growth. Most experts know that using bleach results in a rebound of mold
growth, normally within as little as 24 hrs.
essential oils have been tested to remediate Mold?
2005, the only essential oil that has been tested and found effective over and
over again was EOB2. However, November 2019, Dr Ed Close tested one other
essential oil called COMBAT BLEND sold only by Diffuser World. The great news is
the COMBAT BLEND been tested and proven to remediate mold, it’s also available
in 15 ml, 30 ml, and 8 oz bottles. This allows longer time of diffusion before
changing bottles. Also, the COMBAT BLEND is significantly lower price in
comparison to EOB2 which allows a more cost-effective treatment option.
diffuser should I use to Remediate Mold?
two diffusers recommended by Dr Close: Aroma-Ace and Aroma-Breeze. These
diffusers do not use water, but more importantly they break the essential oil
molecules down small enough for the proper atomization for Mold Remediation. These
two diffusers provide the sufficient amount of essential oil to reduce or
eliminate mold spores in the air and on surfaces. Some have asked about the
AromaLux, but that is not recommended by Dr Close because it does not get the
proper particle size atomization.
diffusers do I need? Can I use one diffuser and just move it to the different
rooms in my home? Or is it required to use several diffusers and do the whole
house at once?
It is more effective to diffuse the whole
house at the same time with multiple diffusers, but, because of the residual
effect, it's not necessary. I've seen excellent results using just one diffuser
and moving it from room to room.
all at once, each diffuser covers roughly 1,000 sq ft of open space. So, if you
have several bedrooms, you may need multiply diffusers to cover the space since
the space is divided by walls. Place a diffuser in a hall way projecting into
several rooms with doors open. If it’s a large space like a master bedroom, you
may need one diffuser designated just for that space.
I place the diffuser?
suggested that you place the diffuser at counter-top level in the center of a
room to facilitate dispersion of the micro-mist of oil throughout the space. If
your room is greater than 1,000 sq ft or has ceilings higher than 10 ft, then
use two diffusers for that space. Divide the space in half and place them
opposite each other in the center of each half. Example of 1,200 sq ft home
might need one for the living room/kitchen since it’s open. One in the master
bedroom and one in the hallway directed to the other two bedrooms.
do I need to refill the Essential Oil bottles?
World’s Aroma-Ace and Aroma-Breeze will diffuse about 1.25 – 1.5 ml per hour.
A 15 ml bottle would last approx. 10-12 hrs
A 30 ml bottle would last approx. 20-24 hrs
settings do I need to run the diffuser on?
important that you run the diffuser on the highest setting CONTINUOUSLY for a
minimum of 24-72 hr.
Essential Oil damage my furniture?
oils can damage finishes on fine furniture because oils break down hydrocarbons.
Most furniture finishes contain hydrocarbons. Therefore, if you are placing the
diffuser on a piece of furniture that you wish to protect, we strongly urge you
to put a glass plate under the diffuser to prevent spills from damaging the
furniture finish. We also recommend that you clean up any spills immediately.
Essential Oils leave a deposit on the furniture?
found that when diffusing in the same space for 10 years or more and doing that
several days each week will leave noticeable traces on furniture, walls,
counter tops, draperies or other items in the near vicinity so long as the
diffuser is pointed into the room and away from other items. If, however, you
leave a diffuser in the same spot for several months or several years and run
it for the Close PROTOCOL, you may notice a slight discoloration on whatever
the diffuser is sitting. For long term diffusing we suggest that you place the
diffuser on something that is not precious or irreplaceable. You can always
place a glass or plastic plate underneath the diffuser to protect your
furniture surface. And again, always clean up any spills of oil immediately.
stay in the room with the diffuser?
no way to determine how oils will affect a particular individual. Please
remember that each person is a unique individual, with different body types,
different blood types, and different chemistries.
For your safety, we strongly urge you to limit your time in
rooms where the diffuser is operating at maximum output to no more than 15 to
30 minutes at a time.
are detoxing, and they will start to break down toxins stored in your body any
time you are exposed to them, and especially if exposed for longer periods of
I know if I need to move to another room?
taste the oil, as though you had taken it in your mouth, or you might feel a
tickly in the back of your throat, or a headache, or a slight dizziness, or you
might feel like you’re coming down with the flu or something along those lines.
happens, move to another room and drink at least 8 ounces of purified water
right away. If you or your pet exhibits distress, we suggest eating some bread
and butter, or yogurt, or a spoonful of honey, or drink whole fat milk, or
almond or soy milk. If after doing that, you are still having problems, turn
off the diffuser and contact medical professional or a vet for pets.
Can my pet
remain in the home while running the Mold PROTOCOL?
recommend moving pets to another room before running diffuser. Generally, oils
will not hurt your pets, however, exposures for longer than 15-30 minutes can
affect them the same way it does humans. And just as with humans, each pet
responds in their own individual way.
pets are exposed to the oils and are exhibiting strange behavior, move them to
another room, and follow the procedures outlined below.
What do I
do if me or my pets have been overexposed to essential oils?
fats reduce the action of essential oils. You and your pets should return to
feeling normal with 15-20 minutes after consuming whole fats, if it is the
essential oils that are affecting behaviors. If you or your pet does not return
to normal behavior in 30 minutes after consuming the fats, the contact your
health professional or a local Vet.
What does "cleaning" in
step 4 exactly mean?
Step #4 in the 10-step PROTOCOL as on pp.
162 and 168 in the book, occurs after diffusing and a second round of sampling.
So, cleaning depends on the after-diffusing sampling results, - and on the
specifics of the situation. If the infestation is light to moderate, say less
than 2 times outdoor baseline, cleaning visible mold areas should suffice. If
the infestation was heavy, and the after samples show some toxic mold
remaining, it usually means there is another, untreated source. Or if the
occupants are super-sensitive to mold, then the protocol says diffuse again. I
would rarely suggest cleaning every surface in the entire house, because due to
the residual effect, it should not be necessary, but ultimately, that's up to
after the initial PROTOCOL should I follow up with maintenance?
the most important findings of Dr Close’s tests was that essential oils have a
residual effect, meaning they continue eliminating mold spores for up to 3-5
months after initial diffusing when the Close PROTOCOL is followed. And the
Protocol he designed has worked every single time Dr Close has used it. Therefore,
you could start a maintenance 3-5 months later which would prevent mold from
options do I have for a maintenance to prevent mold from growing?
1. Diffuser Combat Blend 15-30 minutes a
2. Diffuser Combat Blend 8-10 hrs once
3. Diffuser Combat Blend 24 hrs once a
Diffuse in each room using the same settings as PROTOCOL on
Enzymes vs. Essential Oils?
In my opinion, essential oils are more
effective than enzyme cleaners, Enzymes compete with mold for their food, and
certain enzymes will also attack mold colonies, similar to way a mild bleach
does, but the EO PROTOCOL is more effective than enzymes, because it's
stronger, and because of the residual effect.
received mold sampling which shows Candida. Would the Combat blend remediate Candida?
should be effective in eliminating candida from the air and surfaces. Health
problems from candida overgrowth in the digestive tract is more difficult to
deal with because some candida in the digestive tract is normal. It is
"overgrowth" or dominance that's the problem. But in the outer
environment, candida is digested by the Thieves protocol, and I am confident
that the Combat blend will be effective on it also.
Combat blend remediate Wallemia Sebi and Aspergillus Penicillioides species of
time I’ve ever seen these two species has been in ERMI sampling reports. The
reason is because they are species that can grow with less moisture than most
mold species, and ERMI samples are usually composite dry dust samples collected
by vacuum. ERMI is a broad-brush method designed to compare the residence being
sampled with homes in an EPA-funded study to determine whether there is a mold
problem. ERMI sampling is not very useful for designing a remediation protocol
by itself, but can be helpful when combined with air samples. I’ve written
articles about this, and they are probably in the archives of our MoldRX4u
website. Exposure to Wallemia sebi is not known to cause serious health
problems, but can exacerbate sinus infections. Aspergillus penicillioides can
cause problems for asthma sufferers, and if it is present in higher
concentrations than the other Aspergillus species in samples, I recommend
following up with lemongrass just to be safe. I hasten to add that these two
species are generally not of much concern unless they show up in high
concentration in air samples for severely immune-suppressed individuals.
Dr. Close recommend?
Dr Close strongly recommends diffusing the EOB2 or COMBAT
BLEND and using The Close Protocol for Remediating Mold in Buildings. This
approach has proven over and over again in tests conducted since 2005, and
verified by EPA approved independent laboratories, to be the best option for
eliminating mold both in the air and on surfaces. And testing has also shown
that diffusing the recommended essential oils provides a residual effect that
can last at least 3-5 months. This residual effect is not available with any
other known option available today.