Mold in the shower is gross — having one of the dirtiest things hanging around the place you go to get clean stinks. Depending on the severity of your mold issues, there is a way to get rid of it without resorting to toxic and harsh substances. Check out our suggestions after the jump.
What You Need
Any green cleaner, our recommendations would be one of the following: water & vinegar, Bon Ami, baking soda & water, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, borax & vinegar, grapefruit & salt.
Exhaust fan and/or open window
Sponge, Cloth and towel
1. The first step to eliminating mold is to prevent it from growing in the first place. If your bathroom has fan, use it. If it doesn't open a window in the bathroom, or open the bathroom door to keep air moving. This is very important and an effective way to prevent mold growth.
2. After each bath or shower squeegee off all surfaces, especially horizontal surface that may have water sitting on it for extended periods of time. If you like the after sprays you can use that too at the end of the shower. If you have a shower curtain don't leave it open for very long or else mold will grow in the folds of the curtain.
3. It's easiest to clean right after you've taken a hot shower and the room is steamy in the room, which helps loosen mold & dirt from the surfaces.
4. Spray your chosen green cleaner on affected areas and let sit for several minutes up to an hour. Using a scrub brush or a sponge, wipe down the walls of the shower. You might need to put a little elbow grease into it, but don't resort to bleach, which only temporarily makes the mold disappear. Toothbrushes work great on the mold joints.
- Tea tree oil: Mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil in two cups of water and place into a spray bottle — spray onto moldy areas and don't rinse.
- White vinegar: Apply directly onto sponge or spray onto surfaces. Option to add an essential oil for a nice smell and additional mold fighting power.
- Citrus juice: Apply juice from citrus of your choice (lemon, grapefruit, orange, etc.) directly to a sponge and wipe surfaces.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water, spray onto surface and leave for an hour.
- Borax and vinegar: Mix 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup vinegar to make a paste. Scrub with a brush or sponge and rinse with water. Let mixture sit for an hour before rinsing with water for stubborn mold.
5. Consider running a dehumidifier in the room if the bathroom's in the basement, or if you're lacking an exhaust fan, or windows or doors to keep open.
6. If the mold persists, or doesn't go away, it's possible that the grout and caulk may need to be replaced, if so read our series about green cleaning the grout: Part 1 & Part 2.
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