We use the bathroom daily, but how often do we take the time to clean it? It should be done once a month, but let’s face it: it never happens! However, you should know that this is the place in your house where bacteria are most likely to be found due to the warm and humid environment. These are also the perfect conditions for mold growth, which releases spores into the air. You can’t see them, but you can inhale them, and it can cause serious problems, from skin rashes to headaches to breathing problems. So it’s time to say goodbye to this toxic microorganism. Keep reading to find out how to remove black mold in the bathroom!
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How to remove black mold in the bathroom?
As we have already mentioned, mold can be very dangerous to health. Therefore, if your bathroom is covered in it, you should rely on more aggressive cleaning methods, such as using bleach. Mix 1 part bleach with 2 parts water in a spray bottle and spray the affected area. Leave on for about 10 minutes, then rinse the surface thoroughly with water. It may be necessary to use a brush (an old toothbrush for example) to remove the mold completely.
How to get rid of bathroom mold? Use natural methods!
If you prefer not to use bleach, white vinegar or baking soda are good natural substitutes that kill black mold.
- Vinegar can be used just like bleach. Mix it with water and spray it all over the surface. Let it react for a few minutes and then rinse. This method is really effective, because it kills not only the mold, but also its spores. To make the vinegar smell less harsh, add several drops of your favorite essential oil to the cleaning blend: tea tree, peppermint, or lavender.
- You can also try baking soda, one of the most commonly used cleaning products. In this case, you need to add a smaller amount of water in order to make a paste. Apply it to the mold, let it sit for 10 minutes, then use a brush to remove it.
If your bathroom tiles have a shiny finish, abrasive products like soda can damage them. So always test on an inconspicuous part of the bathroom before applying it to the entire surface.
How to clean the shower head?
Shower heads inevitably get clogged with mineral deposits and sometimes mold. If you’re wondering how to clean it without removing it, here’s a tip:
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a plastic bag. Place the showerhead in the bag and seal it with rubber bands. Let it soak in the solution overnight. The next morning, your shower head will be like new. That’s clever, isn’t it!
How to prevent mold growth?
The most important thing is to install an exhaust fan if you don’t have one. It will help you reduce humidity. If you have a window, this can also be useful, so open it after taking a shower.
Wipe the bathroom dry after each use. It will save you a lot of trouble and reduce the monthly cleaning time. For example, I use a squeegee. It takes me 5 minutes to clean the bathroom, then a few more seconds to mop the floor with the mop. So the mold stopped growing. Another advantage is that the tiles are free of lime deposits. And all this without using chemicals or commercial products! Worth the time investment, don’t you think?!
Another clever idea is to go for biophilic design in your bathroom. This is a super trend that will make your place look contemporary and super fresh. What’s the idea? Use natural products, materials and plants, of course. Some plant species absorb moisture from the air, which is great for fighting mold and mildew.