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In the past we've blogged a lot about mold prevention but as my experience this weekend reminded me—when mold takes hold, you need a solution. Fast.

Desperate to eco-sensitively remove the gunk building up on my shower curtain, and in my bathtub tile crevices and corners, I impatiently ran out and purchased a bottle of Seventh Generation Natural Tub & Tile Cleaner.

Then with scrubber brush, sponge and spray in tow, I waged war.

Though the non-toxic and biodegradable spritz worked wonders—and smelled great, too—I wish I had had these three DIY mold-fighting recipes handy, courtesy of Care2 from renowned green cleaning and healthy living expert, Annie Bond.

I could've saved some cash (since two of the ingredients already live in my kitchen cupboard) and spared the packaging waste—reusing one of my empty spray bottles.

Tea Tree Treasure

2 teaspoons of tea tree oil 2 cups of water

Shake the solution together in a spray bottle and spritz on moldy areas. Let it sit without rinsing.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

20 drops of grapefruit seed extract 2 cups of water Like the Tea Tree Treasure, shake the solution together in a spray bottle and spritz on problem areas. Again, let it sit without rinsing to let it work its magic. Vinegar Spray Pour white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle without diluting with water. Spritz offending spots and let it sit without rinsing. It'll smell strong but will dissipate in a few hours time—along with the mold! ::Care2 Got a tip or a post idea for us to write about on Planet Green? Email pgtips (at) treehugger (dot) com.