How To Fight Gross Mold and Mildew?

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Q: I really hope you guys can help me! I have lived in my apartment for two years, during which I have consistently lost the battle with the super-gross and unbelievably persistent mold/mildew in my shower. I've tried various combinations of Tilex, baking soda, vinegar, Comet and elbow grease, but the caulk and grout remain a hideous tie-die of rust-red and jet black. It's so awful. What can I do? I'd prefer an eco-friendly solution, but at this point, I'm really up for anything.

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Editor: This is a common problem and we hope we can help! Please check our small series, The Grout Chore, on cleaning grout and caulk in the shower. Readers, do you have further suggestions for Claudia? Please leave them in the comments — thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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