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8 Ways to Get Rid of Mold in the Bathroom

Keep it clean using essentials you can find in the house

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They say the bathroom is one of the most important parts of a home and we can’t help but agree. Not only do we kickstart our day in the T&B, it’s also a place where inspiration often strikes. Aside from prettifying this part of the home, are you sure you’re giving it a good scrub? No one wants to take a bath in a smelly loo, more so if it has grime on the walls, under the sink, and in between the tiles. If you’re seeing dark spots in the corners of your bathroom, chances are, molds are starting to take over the space. Don’t let bathroom mold ruin the beauty and ambiance of your T&B! 

Mold grows in damp and humid spaces. You can easily get rid of mold and prevent it from forming with these reminders. 

How do you keep the bathroom mold-free? 

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Install an exhaust fan.

You won’t be dealing with mold if it won’t grow in the first place. Having a ventilation or exhaust fan comes in handy when dealing with moisture in the bathroom. According to Houselogic.com, you can turn on the ventilation fan while you’re taking a bath. It’s not enough that you turn your exhaust on, you need to make sure it does its job by leaving it on for at least 30 minutes after you bathe. The Spruce explains that by doing so, you “prevent leftover moisture from damaging the walls and ceiling from growing mold.” 

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Air out your bathroom.

Aside from turning on your exhaust fan, keep the door and window of your T&B open after taking a bath. Doing this works hand-in-hand with your fan. 

Take into consideration your bathroom essentials.

Do you have rugs and mats in the bathroom? Don’t forget to wash and replace these regularly. If you have shower curtains, wash them frequently and pick one made with mildew-resistant material. Skip leaving unwashed towels in the T&B, too. 

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Get a bathroom squeegee.

It’s an extra task to accomplish, but using a handy squeegee after you use the bathroom can help you keep mold at bay. According to The Spruce, “taking a minute to run the squeegee on your tub or shower walls right after washing reduces moisture in the room by up to ¾.”

Fix and avoid leaks.

Don’t wait for another free day to deal with the leaks in your T&B. Call your trusted plumber to fix leaky faucets and pipes to keep moisture from accumulating.

How can you remove molds?

If molds have already formed in your bathroom, it’s a must to get rid of it as soon as possible. Molds aren’t just unpleasant; it can damage your walls and ceilings as well. Good thing you can deal with it using items found in your space.

Work with bleach.

A chlorine bleach cleaner works like magic – especially when cleaning moldy grout. Spray the bleach onto the tiles and let it sit for 30 minutes before brushing the mold away. Once done, rinse the tiles with warm water. Avoid using bleach if you have colored grout as it can cause the color to fade.

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Clean with vinegar.

Vinegar is a wonder cleaner in so many ways! Distilled vinegar can help you get rid of bathroom mold. Pour vinegar onto a spray bottle, then spray the moldy area. Let it sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing with a brush. Once done, spray the area with the vinegar solution again and leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Create a borax, vinegar, and water solution.

For those who have painted or wallpapered bathroom walls, Familyhandyman.com recommends creating a simple solution to get rid of molds. In a bowl, combine two tablespoons of borax (available online) with ¼ cup of vinegar and two cups of hot water. Once mixed, transfer it onto a spray bottle. Spray it liberally on your walls, scrub thoroughly and give it a good wipe down. Spray your walls again and let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping dry. 

Don’t let molds ruin your precious time in the bathroom. Deal with it efficiently and keep them from taking over your private space.

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