Even the cleanest bathroom has an ongoing battle with mold and mildew. Mold loves dark, moist areas, and a bathroom is a perfect home. There are thousands of different types of mold -- some more dangerous than others. Mold can give off toxins, but most are just growing organisms that can destroy walls and tile grout. Mold is a living fungus that reproduces when it has enough water, and it uses the surface that it's growing on for its food. Mold on a drywall ceiling is breaking down and destroying the drywall. Here are a few simple tricks and a DIY recipe that can keep mold from growing in your bathroom.
Ventilate Make sure you ventilate the room as much as possible, because without moisture mold can't grow. You want to run your ceiling fan for at least 15 minutes after the steam has disappeared from the bathroom mirror. Moisture stays in the air long after you can see it, so let the fan run the entire time you are getting ready in the morning.
Fresh air Keep the window open slightly so you have continual fresh air. The fresh air will help the damp surfaces dry faster.
Towels Hang wet towels outside of the bathroom. Wet towels can take up to 24 hours to dry and create unwanted extra moisture in the bathroom.
Surfaces Wipe down surfaces with a microfiber cloth, including surfaces in your shower and sink area. This will help everything dry faster and stop mold in its tracks. Make sure to take the damp microfiber cloth out of the bathroom when you are done.
Bath mats Hang wet bath mats and area rugs outside of the shower area. When you step out of the shower you are dripping wet and all that water ends up on a bath mat or carpet. This carpet can take days to completely dry. Hang them outside of the shower area so they can dry completely
Squeegee Use a squeegee to remove water on the shower walls and glass doors. This will not only stop the mold but also keep your shower clean. People who squeegee their shower almost never have to clean it.
Daily Spray Make up a daily mold and mildew spray by placing vodka or rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle with 20 drops of tea tree essential oil.. The alcohol will evaporate very quickly and the tea tree oil will work to kill the mold and mold spores. You can spray this mixture on tile grout and drywall daily to stop the growth of mold in your shower area. It's great to use on textured ceilings that are difficult to wipe down.
Shower curtain Shake out your shower curtain- Shower curtains are a breeding ground for mold. The moisture in the pleats of the curtain are perfect spots for mold to grow. By shaking out the curtain you are removing all the excess moisture and helping it to dry faster. Remember to keep the curtain completely drawn once you are done in the shower.
By doing even some of these simple tips, you can keep mold and mildew at bay in your bathroom.
Massachusetts mom Leslie Reichert is known as the Green Cleaning Coach and is aiming to change the world -- "one spray bottle at a time." A national lecturer and author of The Joy Of Green Cleaning, you can find her at greencleaningcoach.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.