How to Remove Mold From a Bathroom
Are you fed up with the appearance of bathroom mold and mildew making its way on the bathroom walls and grout? Are you battling between keeping the fumes to a minimum and going through an abundance of bleach and mold and mildew cleaners to keep the mold and mildew at bay? Are you trying to find home remedies to ward off mold and/or mildew?
This guide has the answers that you need to learn how to remove mold from a bathroom. In this guide, you will find recipes for natural mold/mildew killers, the best natural ingredients to kill mold, and ways to prevent mold and mildew.
What Youâ€™ll Need
Many commercial mold and mildew removers contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic and dangerous. Not to mention that these products may contain ingredients that will damage surfaces in your home and bathroom.
There are many natural ingredients that you can use to create a DIY mold remover and naturally remove mold.
Removing Mold Naturally
Here are some natural ingredients that help remove mold:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Citric acid (lemons, grapefruit)
- Tea tree oil
- Citrus seed extract
DIY Mold Remover
Here are DIY solutions that can be used to remove mold in the bathroom:
Vinegar kills mold spores, bacteria, and viruses. It works best if it is not diluted.
Pour 2 cups of vinegar into a spray bottle and add 5-7 drops of essential oil.
You can also add Â¼ cup of water to the mixture, however, it will reduce the potency of the vinegar.
Baking soda paste
In a medium-sized bowl mix 3 cups of baking soda and 3-5 tbsp of water to create a spread paste. Spread this paste with a silicone spatula or plastic scraper, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
You can also make a baking soda spray. You would need to dissolve the baking soda in water or a water and vinegar mixture. Once it is dissolved pour into a spray bottle. Spray on the molded surface, after 10 minutes scrub the surface and wipe with a damp cloth.
Hydrogen peroxide solution
Pour hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. You should allow this to sit for at least 10 minutes before scrubbing clean. Remove any remaining mold spores with a damp cloth. You can add vinegar to the spray bottle to create a potent disinfectant and mold remover. Keep the bottle of the mixture away from light exposure, because it is known to reduce the potency of hydrogen peroxide.
Citrus solution method
This method can be created using a couple of different formulas. You can use citrus seed extract or squeeze juice from citrus fruit, preferably grapefruit or lemon.
In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of water with 20 drops of extract or the juice from 2 lemons or 1 grapefruit. Spray this mixture directly on the mold and do not rinse.
Tea tree oil solution
Tea tree oil is just as versatile as baking soda paste. In a spray bottle, combine 2 tsp of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water. Spray the mold directly and let it sit without rinsing.
Preventing Bathroom Mold
After you remove mold from the bathroom, you want to take the necessary steps to prevent and control mold in the future. The best way to do this is to understand what attracts mold and mildew. The answer is a damp, dark, warm, and humid environment. Use the natural mold remover solution methods to keep the growth of bathroom mold at bay.
Here are steps to control mold in the bathroom:
- If you notice leaks in the bathroom, repair them.
- Look for water damage in and around the house. If you have mold in other areas in the home it can spread and contaminate other areas in your home.
- Minimize moisture around the home.
- Perform regular cleaning and disinfecting of the bathroom and kitchen.
- Keep a spray bottle of vinegar by the shower. Spray the shower and tub after each shower.
- Use a dehumidifier in the home to control humidity.
- Poke holes in small containers filled with baking soda and place around the home. This will absorb moisture, as well as act as a deodorizer for the home.
When tackling mold in the bathroom, you should make sure to clean your showerscreen. A showerscreens are like shower curtains and liners, if neglected, this can be a thriving environment for mold and mildew to grow.
Limescale on your showerscreen can lead to mold, bacteria, and fungi growth if not cleaned. This is why you need to make sure to clean your showerscreen thoroughly when fighting mold. The best way to clean the calcium carbonate deposits on your showerscreen is with the vinegar solution method.
Failure to clean the bathroom walls, especially the shower walls will negate the mold removal process. Spray the vinegar solution on the walls and let sit for a few hours. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, for the grout use a brush to scrub the mold away.
Just like you need to make sure to clean your showerscreen, you also need to make sure to scrub your bathtub frequently. To clean the bathtub you should scrub away the soap scum. This can be done by spreading baking soda paste all around the bathtub, letting it sit for 5-10 minutes, and taking a damp cloth and wiping clean. After you wipe the tub clean, spray vinegar solution around the tub and the shower walls.
If you have soap scum buildup that needs to be scrubbed, cut a grapefruit or lemon in half and sprinkle salt on baking soda on the cut half and scrub the tub. After scrubbing, rinse the tub and spray with the vinegar solution.
It is important to remove mold from your bathroom since it is both unattractive and harmful to your health. This guide was designed to help you tackle bathroom mold safely and efficiently using natural, DIY mold removers.