It’s a given that water and moisture will always exist in your shower. Unfortunately this type of environment provides the ideal ingredients for mold to grow and proliferate throughout the rest of your home. So don’t feel as if it you must tolerate the odor of mold whenever you shower (plus, it’s not good for your health). Fortunately, there are easy steps to take in keeping mold from pulling up stakes in your shower or bathtub.
• Use a combination of humidifier and small fans
An investment in a small humidifier can reduce humidity levels in the bathroom to 30-50%, helping to prevent mold growth in your shower, tub, and sink. Also, it’s a good idea to leave the bathroom door and any windows open before you take a hot shower. This will allow the steam to funnel outside instead of coating every surface from mirrors to walls. If you don’t have a ceiling fan or a built-in fan in your bathroom, you can use a small fan to blow steam around, effectively causing it to evaporate. Employing these techniques will go a long way in helping to prevent mold from taking root in tile grout, caulk, and drains.
• Keep everything in the shower clean and free of excess water
Be sure to always keep the shower and tub area clean and free of any standing water. Periodically check to clean the areas where you keep shampoo bottles, body wash bottles and soap bar, ensure they are not sitting in standing water. If you keep a shower mat on the bottom of your shower or tub be sure to clean it on a regular basis – especially underneath, keeping the suction cups clean. Those suction cups are mold breeding grounds!
• Clean your bath mat regularly – or simply replace it over time
Understand that soap scum is your enemy, for many reasons beyond that it looks nasty. A combination of soap, body oils, hair and other organic materials can become trapped between the bath mat and shower/tub floor each time you bathe. Every color of mold will call that area home if you don’t clean it on a regular basis (the black mold is the worst). You’ll need to both scour and sanitize the bath mat on a weekly basis. Over time, it might be best to replace the mat entirely (the small cost of replacing the bath mat regularly will translate to major savings in repairs later). Whenever you do clean the mat, remember to allow it to completely dry before returning it to the shower or tub floor. Cleaning this one (seemingly minor) item regularly will go a long way towards keeping your bathroom mold-free.
• Use a vinegar solution to keep your shower clean. Yes, vinegar!
Also, regularly mist a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water to your shower curtain, glass doors, tile grout and inside shower walls. If you can tolerate the smell, you might want to use straight white diluted vinegar instead. Be sure to spray the caulked corners, as well as any and all cracks and crevices around the spigot, spout, drain, and shower nozzle. Do not rinse right away, allowing all treated areas to dry completely. Fortunately, the vinegar solution has only a slight odor and will dissipate fairly quickly after each application. The vinegar solution will help with deodorizing as the acids in the vinegar continue to consume and kill any remaining mold spores. This process will help to prohibit future mold growth
Mold prevention in the bathroom is easiest when you keep to a sound prevention plan. Make these steps your regular routine in caring for your bathroom. Applications of other useful cleaning agents like tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, as well as trusty white distilled vinegar, will help in keeping mold growth at bay. Once you get used to taking these methodical steps on a regular basis, you won’t ever have to be resigned to the musty and stale odor of mold in your shower.
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