Preventing Bathroom Mold

It’s the most common problem we hear about….MOLD.  It’s in the grout, on the ceiling, in the toilet, in the tub jets….everywhere!  We can clean it but how can you prevent it?  The simple answer is to make sure the bathroom stays as dry as possible.  This may mean installing or upgrading a ceiling exhaust fan, using a squeegee or towel to dry the shower after using it or opening a window.  All of these steps help but some areas are more susceptible to mold and mildew and it takes a little more effort to prevent it.  Here are our tips:

· Keep it dry:  Exhaust fans, windows, squeegees, etc.  Also, keep the shower door or bathroom door open when your done so it can air out.
· Clean thoroughly: Before you can take any preventative measures, you’ll need to fully kill and remove the mold that has already formed.  We suggest using borax, vinegar/baking soda or a high-pressure steamer (we can do this for you!  Just ask!).  See recipes below
· Disinfect daily: As long as you don’t have sensitive natural stone like marble, granite or travertine, you can make a vinegar, water, essential oil spray to kill the bacteria each time you shower.  Mix 4 ounces water and 4 ounces white vinegar in a spray bottle.  Add 10-20 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil for an extra boost.  A few sprays in the corners, around the drain and on the floor should help prevent mold (NOTE: this won’t remove mold that has already formed!).  If you have natural stone tile, you can leave out the vinegar and the essential oils will still help prevent mold.
· Get those commonly missed spots: Many plastic shower curtains can be machine washed or replaced cheaply.  Towels and washcloths should be washed regularly and allowed to dry otherwise they can harbor bacteria when left too long.  Don’t forget to look up; Mold can grow on the ceiling and walls too!  Then, look down; Make sure to thoroughly clean the edges of the floor, around the tub, toilet.  If any bacteria is left behind, it will continue to spread to other areas.  Make sure to get it all the first time, then it will be easier to maintain!
· Remove the soap scum: Bacteria LOVES soap scum!  To prevent it, switch from bar soap to liquid (more on that soon) or to remove it we suggest Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Bon Ami powder cleanser or shampoo….that’s right, SHAMPOO! ( Also, Bounce dryer sheets work, if you’re into that).

Anti-mold Borax Cleaner
2 cups hot water
1 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons borax
1-2 tablespoon dish soap

Mix all ingredients well.  You can use this mixture by putting it in a spray bottle or a plastic cup and dipping a sponge in the mixture.  Apply to any areas of mold (or all over).  Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then scrub with the scouring side of the sponge or a firm brush.  Rinse well.  *NOTE: Check with your stone/tile manufacturer before using this on non-ceramic or fiberglass surfaces, such as marble, granite or other natural stone.

How to you prevent mold in your bathroom?  Leave your favorite tips in the comments below!