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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bathroom Mold and Mildew

Is anyone having mold and mildew problems in your bathroom? These are fungi that grows and will thrive in moist, warm environments.

Some of the most common causes are air circulation, warm, humid environments, and dampness, does that scream bathroom to you? Now who might be seeing these conditions this time of year? Well I guess that depends on where you’re living.

If you are having problems with mold and mildew in your bathroom there are some ways to help keep it under control.

The Bathroom Fan

First, look at the bathroom fan. Is it full of lint and who knows what and you can barely see through the stuff? Now would be a good time to get your husband or significant other, have them take it down and clean it then carefully clean around the inside fan area too.

If for some reason the fan cover can’t be taken down, get out the vacuum and use the hose with the brush attachment on it to vacuum the outside vent area to remove dust and build up.

Open a Window

Some bathroom fans just aren’t up to par, but they help none the less. If your bathroom fan doesn’t seem strong enough to pull the moisture from the air, open a window to help the air circulation. Keep it open for a few minutes after you’ve gotten out of the shower – even if it isn’t the warmest outside – it really helps to clear the air.

Cleaning the Shower Area

Let’s face it; the shower can get damp and grimy. Mold and mildew just love this kind of surface and environment it’s oh so right conditions for it to thrive.

Don’t let this get you down though, take control. Get yourself a spray bottle and mix a 50/50 solution of chlorine bleach and water. This will remove the mold and mildew right away.

This is not a one-time solution; you have to be consistent with your cleaning habits. Regular cleanings, using the 50/50 mix to kill mold spores, drying the shower/tub down after each use, proper ventilation and good lighting conditions will all help to keep the mold and mildew from coming back.


If your bathroom has a musty odor due to the mold and mildew growth, use straight vinegar once a week to deodorize and it will also work towards stopping future growth. Just spray it on. You don’t even have to wipe it off.

Baking soda can also be used to clean the tub and shower area quite effectively and help reduce the smell associated with mold and mildew.

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