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😃😔😕 Do you want to rid your bathroom of mold and make it a more friendly environment for you and other people to use when needed the most? This article will help you get rid of that nasty mold and have a better bathroom experience!
Part 1Part 1 of 4:Making a Mold Removal Solution
- 1Create a vinegar solution for a safe, non-toxic mold killer. White vinegar is a great way to remove mold from a variety of different surfaces. Pour the vinegar directly into a spray bottle to use it. It doesn’t need to be diluted at all, as it is the most effective when it isn’t watered down. You don’t need to rinse away the vinegar after you have used it.XResearch source
- Although the smell can be unpleasant, it usually clears within 1-2 hours. You can open a window or turn on a fan to help the smell disappear faster.
- 2Use a Borax solution for a natural mold remover. Borax is a natural insecticide and fungicide. Mix together 1 cup (204 g) of Borax with 1 US gal (3.8 L)of water and then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Simply spray the solution directly on the surface you want to clean. Borax doesn’t need to be rinsed off, as it can prevent more mold from growing in the future.XResearch source
- You can find Borax in the laundry section of grocery stores. It is a white mineral powder.
- Borax is dangerous to consume, but unlike bleach, it doesn't release toxic fumes.
- 3Choose a bleach solution as a last resort. Although bleach is effective at killing mold on non-porous surfaces such as showers, basins, and tiles, it is a toxic substance and needs to be used carefully. Create a bleach solution with 1 part bleach to 10 parts water and place this into a spray bottle. You don’t need to rinse the bleach solution away afterward unless pets or small children might touch the surface.XResearch source
- Always wear gloves when working with bleach and keep the area well-ventilated to avoid inhaling the fumes.
- Bleach can cause eye, lung, and skin irritations.XResearch source
Part 2Part 2 of 4:Using the Cleaning Solution
- 1Spray the mold cleaning solution over the area you wish to clean. Get the spray bottle with your chosen cleaning solution inside. Generously spray the entire area with the solution so that there is a visible, even coating. Try not to completely saturate the area, as otherwise, there will be excessive liquid to clean up later. Aim to apply enough of the cleaning solution so that the area is visibly wet, but not so much that puddles form.XResearch source
- Be very careful not to slip if you are working on floor tiles or grouting.
- 2Wipe smooth surfaces with a cleaning cloth to remove the mold. Fold a cleaning cloth into quarters and wipe the entire area where you sprayed the cleaning solution. The mold should wipe away easily onto the cloth. Use a new side of the cloth whenever the first side gets saturated or too dirty.XResearch source
- You may need to swap cleaning cloths throughout the process, especially if you are cleaning a large area.
- Alternatively, you can use a sponge instead of a cloth if you prefer.
- Smooth surfaces include showers, baths, basins, and tiles.
- 3Use a scrubbing brush to remove stubborn mold from smooth surfaces. If the mold remains, it’s time to take more serious measures! Scrub the affected area vigorously until the mold comes away. Try to clean any mold away as soon as it grows so that you don't need to resort to scrubbing.XResearch source
- Have a dedicated scrubbing brush strictly for bathroom mold to prevent spreading the spores throughout your home.
- 4Scrub grout or caulking with a toothbrush. Use a back and forward motion to remove mold from grout or caulking with an old toothbrush. Rinse the toothbrush under running water to remove any mold while you clean, as this prevents the mold spores from spreading throughout the bathroom.XResearch source
- Use a dedicated toothbrush for cleaning mold in the bathroom so that the spores don’t spread throughout your home.
- You can use a larger scrubbing brush if you prefer, but a toothbrush is the easiest to use in tight spaces.
- You can purchase specialty grout scrubbers from home improvement stores.XResearch source
- 5Dry the cleaned area with a cleaning cloth. Remove the excess liquid from the area that you cleaned to keep the bathroom dry and to prevent slips. Run the cloth over all of the smooth surfaces and the grout or caulking to remove the excess moisture. This also removes any mold that has been scrubbed loose.XResearch source
- You may need to swap cleaning cloths if the first one gets too saturated.
- Pay attention to any small crevices or corners to prevent the liquid from pooling up and more mold from forming.
- 6Replace the grout or caulking if you can’t remove the mold stains. If the mold builds up too much, you won’t be able to scrub it away. In this case, use a flathead screwdriver to dig into the grout or caulking, and then lift it up to remove it. Apply the new grout or caulking and clean it regularly to prevent the mold forming more stains.XResearch source
- You can apply a sealer over the new grout or caulking to prevent it from being stained.XResearch source
Part 3Part 3 of 4:Preventing Bathroom Mold
- 1Turn the bathroom fan on when the bath or shower is in use. A bathroom fan is very effective at reducing the humidity in the room. Turn the fan on when you start running the bath or the shower and keep it on for at least 5 minutes afterward to help clear the steam. If possible, try to keep the fan on until all of the steam is gone.XResearch source
- Open the window and turn the fan on to reduce the humidity the most effectively.
- 2Open the window after you have a bath or a shower. Mold grows faster when there are high humidity and water levels, such as when the bath or shower are used. Open the window straight after using the bath or shower to let the excess water evaporate and the steam escape. Keep the window open until the bathroom is dry.XResearch source
- Try to remember to open the window every time to limit mold growth.
- 3Dry all of the surfaces if you are worried about the moisture levels. Although regular cleaning and keeping the bathroom well-ventilated should be effective at keeping mold at bay, sometimes these precautions aren’t enough. If you find a spot in your bathroom where mold keeps returning, use a cleaning cloth to dry it whenever there is excess water.XResearch source
- Some common mold areas may include the basin or the shower tiles.
- You can use a squeegee instead of a cloth on tiles and glass doors.XResearch source
Part 4Part 4 of 4:Staying Safe
- 1Use rubber gloves whenever you are working with mold. Keep yourself safe by not touching mold with your bare hands. If you are using vinegar or Borax to clean the mold, regular household rubber gloves are fine. However, if you are working with bleach, choose natural rubber or PVC gloves instead.XResearch source
- Take the gloves off as soon as you are finished cleaning so that the spores don’t spread throughout your home.XResearch source
- 2Wear old clothes and wash them in hot water after cleaning mold. It’s best to wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting stained or damaged by the cleaning solutions and hot water wash cycle. Always use hot water to wash your clothes with immediately after you have finished cleaning so that the spores trapped in the fabric are killed and don’t spread.XResearch source
- It’s especially important that you wear old clothes if you are using bleach. This is because bleach can remove the color from fabrics.
- 3Keep the bathroom ventilated while you are cleaning. Open as many windows are possible and turn on the bathroom fan if there is one. This helps to prevent you inhaling the mold spores and any toxic fumes that may be released by the cleaning solutions.XResearch source
- You can also bring a portable fan into the bathroom if you have one.
- QuestionHow do you get rid of large amounts of mold?NW MaidsNW Maids is a cleaning service in Seattle, Washington. NW Maids has been active since 2014 and has an emphasis on upfront pricing, easy online booking, and thorough cleaning services.
House Cleaning ServiceHouse Cleaning ServiceExpert AnswerIf you need to treat a large area, or if you don't want your bathroom to have a pungent vinegar scent, you can dilute the vinegar with water in a 2:1 ratio. This will give you more solution to spray and cut the smell without lowering the anti-fungal power of vinegar!
- QuestionIf I don't have an essential oil, will this still work?Community AnswerYes. The oil is just for a pleasant smell for the cleaner, it is not required, or part of the cleaning power.
- QuestionI have a fiberglass bathtub, and this weird pinkish orange stuff keeps staining the bottom. What is this, and how do I get rid of it?Community AnswerThis happened to me, and I found it was a result of the Dial Gold soap we were using. We like the Dial Gold, however, and will not stop using it, so we just clean with diluted bleach spray every so often.
- QuestionHow can I get rid of the lines of lime in the water line of a toilet? I have tried over the counter products that claim to take care of the problem and they don't work.Community AnswerUndiluted vinegar overnight will start to break limescale down, don't forget to brush vigorously as well! Some cleaner brands seem better at removing limescale. In the UK I find that Harpic works well whereas all the Duck brands are good at cleaning but leave limescale largely intact.
- QuestionCan I use this on painted walls?Community AnswerTry using Sugar Soap, which is available from local supermarkets or hardware stores.
- QuestionShould I rinse after using each of the methods outlined?Community AnswerSome of them only need to be wiped, and can help prevent further mold growth if you don't rinse them. Follow the guidelines in the article.
- QuestionHow can I tell if my bathtub has mold?Community AnswerYou will notice spots in your tub changing colors.
- QuestionFor method one, am I mixing the bleach/water solution with the peroxide/baking soda?Community AnswerFor method one, use the baking soda solution first. Then, once you've finished removing as much mold as you can with that mixture, use the bleach solution. You are not mixing them together. (Also, there is no peroxide in method one.)
- QuestionShould I take cold showers to reduce mold in the tub?Community AnswerNot necessarily, mold grows because there is moisture or water particles floating around. If there is water there is mold.
- QuestionWill mold keep coming back in a shower due to poor ventilation in a bathroom?Community AnswerPoor ventilation, moisture, and darkness make for an ideal breeding grounds for mold, so, yes. If you have a vent in the rest room, leave it on during and up to an hour after a shower.
- If anyone in your home has a mold allergy or a compromised immune system, it’s safest that they leave the home while you are removing the bathroom mold. This prevents them from inhaling mold spores.XResearch source
- Hire a professional cleaner if you cannot remove the mold yourself, have health issues affected by mold, or if the affected area is larger than 10 sq ft (0.93 m2).XTrustworthy SourceUnited States Environmental Protection AgencyIndependent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting safe environmental practicesGo to source
About This Article
To remove bathroom mold, add distilled white vinegar to a spray bottle and spray the liquid directly onto the mold. Next, scrub the moldy surface with a brush or sponge and rinse the vinegar away with hot water. For more stubborn mold, mix 1 part bleach to 10 parts water and transfer the solution to a spray bottle. Spray the mold with the solution and scrub the area with a brush. Rinse with hot water and repeat as needed! For tips on using Borax to remove mold, read on!
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