Get Rid of Mold & Mildew in the Bathroom

If you’re having trouble getting rid of mold & mildew, you’re not alone. Mold & mildew thrives in dark, damp places with high humidity and low ventilation, so it’s the bane of every bathroom cleaner.

Mold & mildew will grow in the shower, on the tub, tiles, walls and floor. It grows quickly in areas with standing water, but given enough time and the right conditions, mold & mildew will even grow on shower curtains and painted walls too.

Soap scum, skin and body oils (yuck!), and any other decaying material- even rotting wood or certain chemicals will fuel its growth in the right environment.

Here’s exactly how to clean it all up and keep it from coming back!

Regular Cleaning:

Vinegar and Water:

Mold & mildew will not grow in an acidic environment. Plain white vinegar is a mild acid, it kills mold & mildew and makes the environment less hospitable for further growth.

Because vinegar is a natural deodorizer, once it dries the bathroom will not just look better, it will smell better too.

Start by using a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water. Pour ½ cup of each into a spray bottle and shake. Spray on all of the surfaces in the shower, let stand for 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe it all down with a damp sponge.

Heavy Duty Cleaning:

Vinegar Only:

If you are cleaning a heavy build up, use 100 percent undiluted plain white vinegar. Pour it in a spray bottle, spray the shower and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Use a pot scrubber with plastic bristles, grout brush or an old toothbrush to clean it up before rinsing and wiping it down.

Chlorine Bleach:

Dilute ¼ to ½ cup of household bleach per each gallon of water used. Spray on the tiles and scrub with a plastic bristle brush. When you are finished scrubbing, rinse completely to remove all traces because any remaining bleach will make surfaces very slippery.

Note: Use caution when using bleach. Bleach is highly alkaline and will burn you just as easily as an acid will. Wear a pair of rubber gloves and protective goggles to keep any splashes out of your eyes.

If you’re working in a very small bathroom without much air circulation, turn on the fan, open a window and you might want to wear a mask.

Never mix bleach with any other cleaner especially ammonia, as this will create potentially deadly fumes.

Preventing Mold & Mildew:

There are things you can do to prevent mold & mildew regrowth. The way to do this is to change the environmental conditions in the bathroom: reduce dampness, increase air circulation and light.

1. Reduce Humidity: Use the fan when bathing or showering, and leave it after you are finished until all traces of dampness are removed from the air.

2. Increase Light: Keep the light on, open the window curtains to let the daylight in.

3. Increase Air Flow: Open the window if you can to let some fresh air in. This will increase air circulation which reduces odors as well.

4. Keep it Dry: If you make it a habit to dry the tub or shower after using it the mold & mildew will not have a chance to grow. A small squeegee is really helpful in removing all traces of water after showing.

5. Keep it Clean: An after shower wipe down also removes remaining debris on the shower or tub walls and floor so there will not be a food source for it to grow on.

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  1. Steve Kimble
    Steve Kimble says:

    Thanks for the tips. I use vinegar often to clean up mold in my bathroom. It works perfect always, though the mold will find it way back after a few months. Its nearly impossible to keep mold out permanently in a place like bathroom.

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