5 Simple and Natural Ways to Remove Bathroom Mold
One small spot in our bathroom can become a disgusting sight. Bathroom mold is disgusting! In worse or severe cases, it can become a health hazard as well. Luckily, to tackle this common household problem you do not need expensive sprays or materials. Get down quickly the mold, and with a few steps you will have a “new”, clean, fresh bathroom.
Mixture of Bleach and Baking Soda
- One cup of baking soda
- One teaspoon of liquid soap
- Few drops of an essential oil (lavender, citrus, peppermint rosemary, eucalyptus, etc.)
- Enough water to form a paste.
How to do it?
- Mix a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part bleach. Transfer to a big spray bottle.
- Spray the area where you find mold with this solution and allow it to dry.
- Spray a second time and take a brush to scrub.
- Rinse and then repeat few times until the mold is completely gone.
- if you cannot get rid of all of the mold, replace the grout or caulk
Vinegar – Simple Solution for Bathroom Mold
Take a spray bottle and put mild acid white vinegar in it without diluting it. Because of the mild acidity, vinegar is very inhospitable for mold. When placing the vinegar into the spray bottle, do not dilute it. It is best to use it full-strength.
- Find the moldy surfaces and spray the vinegar. Wait for an hour. If possible, during this time, let the bathroom air out.
- With hot water wipe the area clean and with a clean towel dry the surface. Be sure to wipe the area totally clean because damp surfaces “support” mold growth.
Use vinegar to prevent outbreaks of mold before they happen. Vinegar can kill up to 82% of mold species. It is an exceptionally effective solution for preventing mold from inhabiting the bathroom. Plus, vinegar is all-natural and does not have any toxic fumes.
Simply spray a little bit of vinegar onto a mold-vulnerable surface and leave it. If you often do this, bathroom mold won’t have time to grow, and you will not have to clean or remove it in the first place.
Mix one gallon of water with one cup of borax. Borax is a natural cleaner and also serves as a natural insecticide. It has the benefit of readily available, cheap and very effective.
- Before you clean, vacuum up any mold spores with a filtered vacuum.This will minimize the chance that you will spread spores around and simply displace them instead of removing them entirely.
- Attack the moldy surface with a brush and with the borax solution.
- While you clean, be attentive about the cleaning solution or mold spores going to different areas. You do not want to give the mold a nice place to live.
- Wipe up the borax solution and let it dry. If you have worries about re-contamination, simply spray a bit of vinegar in the area to prevent another outbreak.
Never mix bleach and ammonia together.
Ammonia and bleach mixture creates hazardous fumes that can be extremely dangerous. This also means avoiding mixing ammonia-based cleaners (for example many glass cleaners) and bleach. Use only “clear ammonia.” Ammonia comes in “clear”, “sudsy” and “cloudy” varieties.
- Put the ammonia into a spray bottle and spray onto the bathroom moldy surface.
- Scrub the area thoroughly with a brush to remove completely any spores or mold.
- Leave for an hour or two. Let the air breathe as the smell of ammonia is unpleasant and very strong.
- Wipe away after a few hours.
In a dark spray bottle put 3% hydrogen peroxide. If it is exposed to light, Hydrogen peroxide’s effectiveness will decrease. Therefore, to keep it effective, store it in a dark spray bottle.
- If you want you can add little vinegar to the hydrogen peroxide solution in order to keep up the effectiveness of this natural cleaner.
- Make a small spot test on the bathroom mold surface. It will test whether the hydrogen peroxide causes the surface to fade. Spray completely and let stand for about 10 – 20 minutes while the peroxide attacks the mold.
Clean the surface.