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I have been a dreadie now for three years, and I have come to make many friends in the secret society of Dreadies. Yes there is one! And only dreadies seem to know about it. I click with all dreadies, of all shapes and sizes and love to swap stories and tips on how to care for them. You see a dreadie and you can't help but nod, and most times, if there is time to stop, make friends. I listen as well as tell. I love all the natural advice on this site. No crochet. I go by that rule myself. I tell all my dreadie friends, go ahead and crochet if u want to damage your dreadies, give them weak spots and find broken dreads on your pillow. I totally agree. No crochet. Don't damage them. New growth is for baby dreads to grow. Why u wanna kill the babies, who want to grow up and be big strong dreadies. And I use head and shoulders shampoo, it keeps my scalp healthy and I never had a problem with itchy dry scalp. But I am anxious to try the baking soda, it is my favorite cleaner for pots and pans, why not on the dreadies?

I need to get onto my point. Many dreadies, who have had them long enuff to have nice thick, long dreads, often have complaints when swimming, or caught in the rain, or just showered, that their dreads stink! That stink is a sign my fellow dreadies, that your dreads are growing mold. Yep, mold. Nasty spores that will grow and spread and it is not too good for your health, or your lovers health on the pillow next to you, well you get the point. To breath in the spores is a bad thing. Now I will tell you what natural ingredient will take it away.

It is Clove Oil. Clove oil is a natural anticeptic ointment, it's like a natural disinfectant, and it's job in nature is to kill germs, and that includes the spores in mold. People in the tropics will spray it on their air conditioners to kill the mold that grows, it also kills mold on patio furniture, and walls. It's natural. It's not a harsh chemical, and I will tell you how to mix it.

You get a bottle of clove oil. Usually at the pharmacy or where ever you can find natural oils, like lavender or pepermint.

You put a few drops into a spray bottle, a cap full is usually what works, to a good sized bottle. Add water, and spray your dreads when you think they start to stink.

If you have a BAD problem with mold, you might wanna stick your dreads in bucket of clove oil and water and have a soak. It's gonna give you a whole new world of stink, but it's killing off the mold and your family and friends will thank you for it. You may need to repeat the treatment, making it a little stronger with the clove oil for really bad stinky dreads.

Mold spores once killed off, can return in a few months or so, even in an air conditioner, so keep it gospel to treat them with clove oil once a moth, or every few months.

The smell will wear off, and the clove oil will be cleaned next dreadie washing day. You can also start using the spray bottle once you fix the majority of the spore problem after that. You might want to wash your pillow case and hat, and scarves and what nots in the clove oil too, so there isn't a chance that the spores will rub back into your dreadies. You can just add a cap or two of clove oil to the washing machine.

Hope that helps. Please leave me some comments if you tried it. It really works, and I love dreadies, and am very happy to pass on the little experiment I tried with my dreadie friends. Mine didn't 'stink, mine are too thin to trap water and turn to mold, but some of my dreadie friends have long thick logs, and did stink. I knew about the air conditioner and clove oil, and tried it on thier dreadies to see if it would work, and it did. It's the best way to be rid of dreadie spores.

Peace and Love to all!

Sacreeta

 

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i never knew that about clocve cloves also a natural anysthesia  ambisol or whatever it is for tooth aches is basicly clove oil it will numb you up

but i have alternatu[ive mold killers too

3/4 cup white vinager 1/4 cup water  30-50 drops lavender oil pour on soak  all daty at least

alternate 2 a very strong thyme tea spraye on and leave on

alternate 3 this 1 stinks a bit but oh well neem seed oil

neem kills all parasytes  many or most molds even leprocy but it smells like dirt

sun dry sun dry sun dry the sun has mold kiling power too

sit in the surn when wet wheneb=ver possible

I'm sure it does work.  luckily I haven't had any issues.  I actually posted something a while ago for people with fat locks.  It goes into a pretty detailed description of how to wash and dry them so that they don't trap water.  

http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/fat-dreads-take-special-...

you should show this to your friends who have fatter locks so that they don't end up having a reoccurring problem

What do you guys think about witch hazel instead of clove oil? I have a little bottle of clove oil that was so expensive! I use the witch hazel on my face and to clean musical instruments....was thinking maybe because it's mostly alcohol it could be used to kill mold too? I don't have a mold issue, but am always worried this will happen one day!

hmm im not sure seems like it would help

ek, how can i avoid mold? as i am HIGHLY ALLERGIC!

just make sure u dont tie emk up or put on a tam when damp make sure they dry thouroughly between wsshes

Mold is not as common in locks as some would lead you to believe.  I've had mine for 6 years, and I still haven't had any issues with mold or insects.  The only time you get mold is when you don't dry thoroughly between washes, or tie them up when they are damp.  Wax and other products retain water for longer and can cause mold to form even when you think your hair is dry.

But if you take care of them, you'll never have a problem with mildew

i actually love the smell of clove and just might go spray a bit in the ac unit at home...and save the info in my little dread help file too!

i never knew about ani of these..verehh good advice! theres nothing like medicinal herbs my all time favorite is eucalyptis!

☮ soaring eagle ॐ said:

i never knew that about clocve cloves also a natural anysthesia  ambisol or whatever it is for tooth aches is basicly clove oil it will numb you up

but i have alternatu[ive mold killers too

3/4 cup white vinager 1/4 cup water  30-50 drops lavender oil pour on soak  all daty at least

alternate 2 a very strong thyme tea spraye on and leave on

alternate 3 this 1 stinks a bit but oh well neem seed oil

neem kills all parasytes  many or most molds even leprocy but it smells like dirt

sun dry sun dry sun dry the sun has mold kiling power too

sit in the surn when wet wheneb=ver possible

I can see this being an option for a mold problem but I can't help but think that if you need to retreat the hair monthly....then you aren't actually completely killing all the mold growing in your hair. 

I guess at that point I would cut them off so I wasn't continuously fighting an endless battle. 

We get a lot of rain here in Oregon and people laugh and tell me I'm not a true Oregonian because I avoid letting my hair get rained on or wet unless it's to wash my hair. 

Very Good Advice Bro... :) I'll keep this in mind.

Would just like to add that SE's vinegar/lavender oil mixture got rid of my mold in 2 soaks. First time around it still smelled quite a bit and after the second soak it was completely gone and hasn't been back.

As long as you keep using vinegar rinse and use lavender a small amount of spores that might survive simply die. Mold spores get in your hair all the time, they only get a chance to grow well in damp, dark places. Dreads just happen to be a perfect place for that environment. Once you kill off the majority and make sure the hair doesn't stay wet for long the small spores that are left simply can't grow.

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