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Re: Mildew in the Cabin
chef, there's a strong biocide in tea tree extracts. Nail salons use it to cure nail infections, both fungal and bacterial. No idea what's in the gel but I'd bet the same active ingredient, which seems to sublimate very nicely, the tea tree oil can be quite pungent.
I've found that if you keep things fairly clean and dry, good ventilation will stop mildew. But then again, I don't hang around swamps. I knew someone who used to work full time for Ford, going around the country examining AC systems in cars that had perennial mildew problems. They had no universal cure either, but using toxins (copper or tin or silver in micro-form or as base materials) seemed to be the best way to stop it from getting started, but if moisture built up, the crud would always follow.
Bleach of course will also kill cotton and some other fabrics.
But you missed two killers, ozone and UV-C. Like every other mildecide, they will kill it--but the spores are in the air all the time, everywhere. Killing it just provides good food for the next crop, unless you also clean away the food, and change the environment to someplace they won't grow. (By keeping it dry, or toxic, or outright wet.)