Do you see black spots in the washroom while you shower? Or your bathroom’s grout has started looking rather grim, and it won’t come off? These are clear indicators of mold in the bathroom and you’d need the perfect cleaner for your bathroom. Mold can form in your shower due to many reasons. The major reason is that molds love moisture, and well, the shower is a moist and humid place. If it remains untreated, then it can cause serious health issues like allergies, respiratory problems.
They can even permanently stain your grout and sealant and are rather an eyesore in general. The first thing you should do is identify if the mold is toxic or not. If it’s toxic, you should get it professionally removed due to the dangers. But you’re in luck as most shower mold is non-toxic, and you can easily remove it yourself.
How to Clean Mold in the Shower
Mold forming in the shower is a common phenomenon, and I think everyone fights this battle at least once in their life. This article will help, so it’s your last march towards this grim enemy. There are many ways you can get rid of mold in your shower. Some involve chemicals, while some are entirely non-toxic.
Mold Removal with Clorox
If you’re like me and don’t want to spend hours making your shower elements mold-free separately, try this method. This method will save you time as it’ll get your shower tiles and caulking looking fresh in one swipe. All this under $5 too! The trick is to use Clorox toilet cleaning liquid. Yes, you heard that right: toilet cleaning liquid, specifically the one with clinging bleach gel.
Items you’ll need
- Clorox Toilet Cleaning Liquid
- Scrub brush (stiff)
- Face mask
- Safety gloves
- Paper towel
- Bucket of water
Firstly, crack open your Clorox toilet cleaner and apply it directly to the affected areas. This will bleach out the target areas directly. Make sure that you run it along with the grout, and if you see drips (which is impossible to miss), it’s okay. Furthermore, if you have a tub, make sure to apply the cleaning liquid to its base as well.
The next thing you want to do is cover up all the areas with cleaning liquid with a paper towel. By doing this, you seal up the cleaning liquid because otherwise, it’ll fall off. This also increases the efficiency of removing mold from your shower.
After covering up the moldy shower with Clorox and paper towels, you will want to let it sit for 30 minutes at the minimum. One hour is good as well as the more time it sits, the better results you’ll get. If the moldiness of your shower is severe, you might want to leave it overnight for optimal results.
Once you’ve let the cleaning liquid sit for the required time, get scrubbing. Make sure that the bathroom is well ventilated and you’re wearing protective gloves and a face mask. This is because you are working with bleach at the end of the day, and the fumes can be harmful. Also, make sure that you use a stiff tile cleaning scrub because soft-bristled brushes won’t get the job done. The grim should come right off.
The last step is to rinse everything off with a bucket of warm water. Coldwater won’t do the trick, so you have to use warm water. After following all these steps, your shower should be nice and clean, and mold-free. If you want to reduce the chances of regrowth, spray the shower area with white vinegar. Additionally, try to keep your bathroom as dry and humid-free as possible, so you don’t have to deal with this again.
Non-Toxic Mold Removal
If you think that treating your shower mold with chemicals is too much, we’ve got you covered. There are many non-toxic materials that you can use to clean moldy showers. I’m pretty sure you’ll have the tools in your pantry somewhere. Hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and baking soda are some of the most common non-toxic cleaning ingredients.
Hydrogen peroxide is naturally antifungal and antibiotic, making it perfect for removing molds from your shower. Baking soda not only kills mold but also absorbs moisture. This is perfect because the reason that you have mold in your shower in the first place is because of the humidity. Vinegar, on the other hand, inhibits the regrowth of molds while also killing spores.
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
- Undiluted vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Scrub brush
Take one part of hydrogen peroxide and mix it with one part of water. Or you can take one tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with water in a spray bottle. Take any of the mixtures and spray it directly onto the mold in your shower and let it sit for a few minutes.
After you have let any of the two mixtures sit on the moldy shower surface, gently scrub it using a scrub brush. You can use a toothbrush to get to those hard-to-get corners (make sure no one uses that toothbrush again). Once you’ve scrubbed the grum away, rinse the treated area with water.
This step is more of a precautionary step rather than a removal one. After you’ve cleaned your moldy shower, spray it with undiluted vinegar. Let the vinegar dry completely, and this should prevent the mold from growing there again.
Other precautionary steps you can take is keeping the shower well ventilated and dry. It’s a bit of a stretch, but you can wipe the tiles of the shower dry after taking a shower. You can also spray vinegar every other week, so the mold doesn’t even think about returning.
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To Sum it Up
Nobody wants a moldy shower that is both a health hazard and unpleasant to look at. Also the smell. You will have to know how to get rid of mold smell. So step up your cleaning game, put on those gloves, and get scrubbing, so you have a sparkling clean, and healthy bathroom in a heartbeat (see also ‘How to Clean – Unclog Drains Naturally‘). This article discusses many ways you can clean the mold in your shower. Some involve chemicals like bleach, while others get the job done with non-toxic items like baking soda and vinegar.
1. How do you get rid of black mold in the shower?
Follow these steps to get rid of black mold on hard surfaces:
1. Spray the damaged area with a mixture of one part bleach and two parts water.
2. The solution should be allowed to settle for at least 10 minutes before being used.
3 .Afterward, thoroughly rinse the surface with water.
2. Why is there so much mold in my shower?
Moisture and heat in your bathroom create the ideal conditions for mold growth. Mold is able to grow quickly in your bathroom because other microscopic organisms and dust are present.
3. Is it safe to clean black mold yourself?
A homeowner can clean about 10 square feet of black mold (approximately 3 feet by 3 feet) on their own. Bleach, water, scrubbing, and ventilation should suffice for a tiny patch. Prioritize ventilation and personal protective equipment before treating mold.
4. How do I get rid of mold in my shower naturally?
Using a spray bottle, shake the baking soda until it is completely dissolved. With a scrub brush and a solution of baking soda and water, remove the mold from the surface. After that, rinse the area thoroughly with water to remove any remaining baking soda residue.
5. What can I spray in the shower to prevent mold?
Mold can be difficult to remove on your own, but vinegar works well to prevent it from growing in the first place. Always keep a spray bottle of vinegar in your bathroom to use whenever moist surfaces come into contact with it.