Mold is not something that can be easily escaped. It doesn't take much for mold to begin to grow, and once you have it, it's nearly impossible to get rid of. If you have been battling mold in your bathroom with no end in sight, consider these helpful tips and tricks. By following this guide to mold management in bathrooms, you can eradicate the mold that has made its way into your life and keep it from coming back!
Step 1: Eradicate Mold
If you have mold growing in your bathroom you have to get rid of it, all of it! That includes microscopic mold spores. To kill the obvious spots of mold, you can use a simple and effective solution of water, vinegar, and tea tree essential oil. Start by mixing equal parts vinegar and water into a spray bottle, drop 2–3 drops of tea tree oil and shake well. Before you start cleaning, make sure your bathroom is vented properly. This will help the space dry out once you have cleaned the mold. Now that you have the mixture ready and the room ventilated, spray the mixture on your moldy areas and let it sit for at least an hour. When you return, spray the area again and start scrubbing.
After thoroughly scrubbing (consider using a scrub brush or toothbrush to get into all the nooks and crannies), wipe down the area with a damp cloth. When the affected area has dried, spray again with the vinegar and oil mixture, but this time let it air dry to prevent additional buildup.
This mixture works on grout, tile, and walls. Vinegar and tea tree oil are an effective cleansing agent because they are antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial.
Step 2: Prevention
If you have spent hours of your life scrubbing and re-scrubbing mold, you know exactly how frustrating it can be. Taking preventative measures is key in keeping a lid on your mold problem, especially if you live in a damp climate or have a bathroom with poor circulation. The best way to keep mold from returning is to spray the mixture listed above periodically on your grout and walls.
When it comes to your shower curtain, there is another way to keep it mold-free. You can treat it by washing it on the gentle cycle in a washing machine with 1/2 the normal dose of laundry detergent with a cup of vinegar. After the washing cycle has ended, lay the shower curtain out in your bathtub. Fill the bathtub with several inches of hot water and add a cup of salt. With your hand, swish the salt around until it has dissolved. Let your shower curtain soak for several hours and let hang dry.
The vinegar is effective because of its antibacterial properties and the salt works to dehydrate mold spores, preventing them from reproducing.
If you have a serious, hard to manage mold problem, you should contact a professional for a mold inspection to make sure you aren't dealing with black mold (stachybotrys chartarum). That type of mold needs to be properly removed to prevent mold spores from going airborne. For your standard, run-of-the-mill bathroom mold, this guide to mold management will keep your bathroom mold in check.