We first discovered Kanberra gel at the Annapolis boat show. My first reaction was that it seemed expensive, but I liked the smell (very fresh and clean) and the salesperson’s explanation that it cleans and disinfects and goes after odors, mold and mildew without chemicals so I bought the smallest size to try. Now I’m a believer and because a little goes a long way, I consider it an essential and inexpensive part of our continual boat maintenance plan.
What Kanberra is Made Of
Kanberra is made of pharmaceutical-grade Australian Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) and Lemon-scented Tea Tree Oil (Leptospermum petersonii) . Their natural antiseptic properties do the work as the oils to become airborne through evaporation.
How it works
At the microbiotic level, Kanberra works by diffusing its oils into the air. As the air circulates and lands on the source (the mold, mildew, things that cause odors, etc.), Kanberra begins neutralizing and eliminating these undesirables. It also acts as a preventive against mold or mildew developing.
Testing and Side-by-Side Comparison
Thanks to ecofamilynews.blogspot for sharing this mold experiment. They put equal-sized pieces of moldy bread in separate containers and added various mold/odor eliminating products into each. Voila! Kanberra was the only one that killed the mold.
The brilliance of Kanberra Gel is that it can be placed anywhere, as long as you have a flat surface. It’s a gel, so if the container tips, it will spill – although not immediately.
What’s recommended by the company is these three ways to use it:
Shock Mode (2-3 days) – Uncap the product and place it open without the diffuser lid.
Maintenance Mode (up to 30 days) – Place the diffuser lid on the container to slow overall evaporation.
Protection Mode (30 to 90 days) – The application area is effectively ‘clean’ and the product will now provide airborne protection against any re-growth.
How Long Does Kanberra Last?
Kanberra gradually evaporates into the air as it does its work. Depending on how much you have exposed to the air, this rate will vary of course. It lasts a long, long time though. What I’ve observed is that if we put Kanberra in an enclosed, damp place, such as our forward generator locker, it works “harder” and doesn’t last as long. That’s okay by me because it’s there to do a job and I’ll happily replace it because I know it’s working. Similarly on the other side of the boat in our forward sail locker, Kanberra Gel is brilliant for how it keeps our sails from mildewing when they’re stored.
That said, here is a chart from Kanberra the company that may be useful.
|Two (2) Ounce||
Small Areas (100 sq ft or less)
Examples: Cars, Closets, Bathrooms, Sport Bags
Marine: Bilge, Head, Small Cabins, Compartments, Storage of small boats up to 15′
|Four (4) Ounce||
Medium Areas (100-200 sq ft)
Examples: Smaller Rv’s, Small bedrooms, Baby Changing Areas, Small Basements/Storage Areas, Offices
Marine: Medium Cabins,, Air Handling Units, Storage of boats up to 25′
|Eight (8) Ounce||
Larger Areas (200 sq ft or larger)
Examples: Living Rooms, Large Bedrooms, Great Rooms, Pool Houses, Larger Basements/Storage Areas, Larger Rv’s
How Much to Use?
I used to buy the little sizes but now I find it’s more cost-effective to buy the large refill package ($88 on Amazon).
It lasts me a year or two. I put small amounts around the boat when we leave it shut up for any length of time. When we come back, the light green kanberra has turned dark green and looks drier and if I stir it and there’s not light green left, I throw it away and squeeze out a little more.
Where we Buy Kanberra
If we’re at a boat show we can usually find 5-7% off prices. In the non-boat show world, we rely on Amazon to buy Kanberra and find their prices are competitive. This link will take you to the full array of Kanberra products: http://amzn.to/2kAqx5b