Are you wondering why I am ALWAYS recommending EC3 products from Micro Balance? I know it might seem a little fishy but I assure you, I have no vested interested in this company. The EC3 products just happen to be the BEST products on the market to remove mold, remove mold spores, and kill mycotoxins. So why wouldn’t I recommend the best of the best? After all, they have received US Patents which is no easy feat.
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Let’s take a look at the EC3 product line which includes:
- EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate
- EC3 Mold Solution Spray
- EC3 Laundry Additive
- EC3 Air Purification Candles
What Are The Ingredients In EC3 products?
The ingredients in each EC3 product vary slightly but what they do have in common is the proprietary natural botanical blend of Citrus Seed Extracts.
Citrus Seed Extract is an essential oil distilled from the seeds of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. It is well known that when antimicrobials are mixed together they are exponentially more effective than the sum of their individual parts. Most likely there are 3-4 citrus seed extracts in the proprietary botanical blend.
Citrus seed extract was developed after observing that citrus seeds do not readily decompose in nature from microbial action. This all started because one man ate a grapefruit and wondered why the seed was so bitter.
Grapefruit Seed Extract was originally developed by Jacob Harich (1919-1996) as an antiparasitic agent. Dr. Harich, a German researcher who immigrated to the U.S., convinced researchers at the University of Florida at Gainesville to experiment with the use of grapefruit extract as an alternative to then-current chemicals for the protection of fruit and vegetables from mold damage. They were impressed by the ability of the extract to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and fungi as well as other organisms. A modified form of the extract became a commercial success under the name Citricidal. Since then, various citrus seed extracts and blends have been tested and found to prevent and kill mold on food and food sources.
This study about grapefruit seed extract as an antibacterial agent showed that it is effective against more than 800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungus, and a large number of single and multicelled parasites.
Distilled water and other essential oils can be found as well.
All of the ingredients contained in the EC3 products are potent, scientifically proven antifungals, antimicrobials, and anti-bacterials. In addition, they are non-toxic, made of naturally derived, plant-based constituents, and are not harmful or irritating to the skin or lungs.
The same cannot be said of other products designed to remove mold.
How Do EC3 Products Work?
Please keep in mind that the botanical blend of citrus seed extracts is proprietary so the information I am sharing is a general look at how citrus seed extracts work seeing that this is the primary ingredient in the EC3 product line.
Citrus seed extract works by weakening the mitochondrial membranes of bacteria and fungi, resulting in death of the organisms. In addition, it prevents mycotoxin biosynthesis. When mycotoxin biosynthesis is halted, molds become inert and much less of a health threat.
Low concentrations of citrus seed extracts, when applied to the tested molds, resulted in changes of the cell structure, inhibiting respiration and changing the permeability of the cell membrane, whereas high concentrations lead to severe membrane damage, loss of homeostasis and cell death.
Science also shows that the fungitoxic effects of citrus seed extracts is a consequence of hydrogen bonds forming between hydroxyl groups of phenolic compounds and active sites of cellular enzymes. The active components cause loss of integrity of the cell wall, and thus the loss of cytoplasmic constituents from the mold hyphae. This is important, because when the hyphae are damaged, the mold cannot take root, spread, or reproduce.
Do They REALLY Work Or Are Did You Just Drink The Kool-Aid?
I never drink Kool-Aid. It’s a death trap. All that artificial dye and sugar. So no, I did not and will not ever drink any Kool-Aid ever.
EC3 products WORK. I know because I did my own little non-super-scientific testing. But more importantly, Micro Balance did some REAL scientific testing.
Tell Me More About The Independent Lab Testing
Micro Balance knew that they would come under intense scrutiny when it came to the bold claims they were making about the EC3 product line, specifically the Mold Solution Concentrate and the EC3 Candles. As such, they hired Real Time Labs, an independent lab, to test the EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate and the EC3 Purification Candles in controlled situations against mold and mycotoxins.
I have personally worked with Real Time Labs. When I learned that my house was teaming with mold and mycotoxins I ran extensive tests both on my home and my body using the testing options offered by Real Time Labs. They truly are a leader in mold and mycotoxins and are used by the leading toxicologists world wide. Their EMMA test looks at both mold spores and mycotoxins and is worth every penny.
I knew I could trust the results of the Real Time Labs testing on EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate and the EC3 Candle.
Their study found that mycotoxins present in dust particles were no longer detected after the particles were exposed to EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate. This was as long as the concentration of EC3 did not go below a 1:40 ratio of EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate to distilled water. (Note: The instructions on the bottle will guide you for proper dilution, so that this won’t be a problem.)
The EC3 Candles whose mechanism is to aerosolize the citrus extracts into the air as they burn, were found to decrease known concentrations of mycotoxins in the air at 500 and 1000 parts per billion by 90% in 3 hours burn time. Mycotoxins in the 250 parts per billion range were completely eliminated in 3 hours.
These results are also promising evidence for the case for cold fogging, as fogging also aerosolizes EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate particles and disperses them into the air or all over contents needing mold and mycotoxin remediation. I have done my own plate testing before and after fogging my home with EC3 and the results were jaw dropping. I went from a mid-level mold spore count to zero.
Check out this documentation from Real Time Labs and see for yourself just how well the EC3 products work.
Let’s Learn A Little More About The EC3 Product Line Shall We?
EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate and EC3 Mold Solution Spray
The EC3 Mold Solution Spray is basically just the Mold Solution Concentrate in an already diluted ready-to-use spray bottle. This takes the guess work out of how to dilute the Concentrate.
Micro Balance EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate is an all-natural botanical solution that can be used to manage surface mold and bacteria and to decrease the overall fungal load in your indoor environments.
This product is designed to treat mold and bacterial contamination on all of your hard and soft surfaces including, floors, walls, furnishings, clothes, shoes, car interiors, and even pets. The spray works on contact and thus, can only treat the areas where applied.
EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate is safe for use on all materials, surfaces and fabrics and is safe to be used around children and pets. It does not off-gas or contain harmful chemicals, and it’s not toxic.
EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate can be used after diluting in a spray bottle, mister or fogger to treat larger areas.
Product Size: 16 FL OZ Concentrate / 32 FL OZ Spray
Active Ingredients: Proprietary natural botanical blend of citrus seed extracts.
Inactive Ingredients: Distilled water, Vegetable glycerin
How To Use: If using the EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate, properly dilute. Mist or fog the entire house, section of house, or item with the EC3 Mold Solution Spray. Once an object or area is treated, allow it to air-dry. Treat as often as needed. Use the spray weekly or more often if mold counts are not decreasing. Pay special attention to carpets and rugs, as these are the largest filters that collect and retain debris in your home. You can even mist or use a cloth to treat your pet’s fur to prevent them from tracking mold spores into your home. It can also be used on car interiors and in heating and air systems to prevent and treat mold formation or circulation
Caution: If applying to fine wood furniture that is susceptible to water stains, product should be misted on and then wiped off after one minute has passed.
EC3 Laundry Additive
Using EC3 Laundry Additive rinses away bacteria and mold spores that get trapped in your clothing and other fabrics that regular washing alone can’t eliminate.
The EC3 Laundry Additive removes musty and putrid smells from washable textiles including bed linens and pillow cases. Without it, you sleep each night with mold scarily close to your body. Night sweating and dead skin cells also contribute to linens and pillow cases being breeding grounds for mold.
You can also remove mold from towels and sweaty gym clothes, which takes care of the musty, mildewy smell.
EC3 Laundry Additive helps maintain a mold-free washing machine, especially high-efficiency front load machines. These machine types can harbor mold, moisture and fabric softener, sustaining a moldy environment after each load.
Even though the EC3 Laundry Additive was not officially tested in this analysis, it contains almost the same formulation as the EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate, with the additions of tangerine and tea tree oils.
The International Journal of Environmental and Public Health notes, “Tea tree oil demonstrated the greatest inhibitory effect on the growth of fungi when applied in either a liquid or vapor form.” Tangerine oil has loads of antifungal properties and because it is a citrus, it is able to break down mold spores at a molecular level.
I have no doubt that the EC3 Laundry Additive works just as well as the EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate or the EC3 Candles. In fact, I recommend it when washing dishes since it can withstand high heat.
Product Size: 32 FL OZ concentrate
Active Ingredients: Tea Tree Oil and a proprietary natural botanical blend of citrus seed extracts
Inactive Ingredients: Distilled water
Other: This product should be used in addition to your normal detergent or bleaching agent. EC3 Laundry Additive is safe for use on all washable fabrics, and is free from all harmful chemicals, synthetic perfumes or dyes. It works with all HE appliances.
How To Use:
- LAUNDRY IN HE WASHERS – Add one (1) ounce of Laundry Additive to the rinse cycle reservoir (where you normally add your fabric softener) of your washing machine for every regular wash cycle.
- LAUNDRY IN OTHER WASHERS – Add two (2) ounces of Laundry Additive in the same manner as above.
- TO CLEAN WASHER – Add three (3) ounces into the bleach well or into the body of the machine and select the CLEAN cycle on your washer.
Micro Balance EC3 Air Purification Candles
EC3 Air Purification Candles are simple and effective tools for decreasing the level of mold spores and mycotoxins in the immediate air wherever you are.
As an EC3 Candle burns, the flame aerosolizes the all-natural, fragrance-free, botanical ingredients embedded in the soy wax. In 3 hours burn time, the candles can reduce mold counts by more than 90%. Additionally, independent lab tests confirmed that EC3 Candles can destroy airborne mycotoxins.
The candle will effectively treat a room 12 X 12 feet (or 600sq ft of space), so place more candles in larger rooms. Candle will last approximately 16-22 hours if burned as stated.
Candles are ideal when traveling or to use in guest rooms that are seldom used prior to having guests over.
Product Size: 3 oz
Contains: Natural Soy Wax, Lead free wick, and a proprietary natural botanical blend.
Other: No added fragrance, so as not to aggravate chemical sensitivities
How To Use: Open candle and place on a flat surface inside of its lid, away from walls, and flammable items. It is advisable to allow the candle to burn for 3 hours to achieve optimal effects.