7 Ways to AVOID MOLD in Your Shower!

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Want to learn seven ways to clean mold in your shower? Mold is one of many different types of fungi that can grow indoors as well as out. A fungus differs from plants and other life-forms in that it consists of micro-organisms that decompose dead organic waste. Mold spores particularly enjoy wood, plants, and decaying leaves, but they’ll just as easily shack up in your bathroom where they’ll feast on whatever they can find. When you see mold growing in your shower, you’re not looking at a single organism; nor are you looking at a single colony. The fact that you can see the mold means it consists of hundreds if not thousands of colonies growing in one place. It’s not always grey or black; it can be orange, blue, or green. Mold’s colour is based on its nutrient source, the age of its colonies, and the surface substrate; however, the most common type of mold in showers these days is black mold, and you'd best not mess around with that.

For some great tips on beating mold in the shower, read on.

1. In order to grow, mold needs darkness, moisture, and a food source. It needs oxygen and an optimum growing temperature. Mold loves moist, warm areas – thus, your bathroom shower. If you’re able to simply wipe out your shower and tub after each use, this will help you cut down on mold growth.

2. Make sure you clean your bathtub and shower regularly with a good tile cleaning product. You can make an excellent all-natural one with half vinegar, half water, and a few drops of your favourite dish detergent. Put them all in a spray-type bottle and shake gently, then spray, leave on for a few moments, then wipe well.

3. Because mold likes warm, moist areas, you can discourage its growth through ample ventilation. Make sure your bathroom has an exhaust fan, and if it doesn’t – install one. Turn the fan on after every bath and shower. Open the window, too, if you have one. The more air circulation, the less mold will be able to settle and grow.

4. Baking soda also works well when combating mold. Make your own detergent with baking soda, liquid soap, and a few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil. Stir into a paste and get scrubbing.

5. If you want to keep it as natural as possible, but soda and vinegar haven’t worked, you can try lemon, grapefruit seed oil, or tea tree oil to really clean that mold out of there, and make everything smell nice too.

6. For stubborn mold stains, you might need to get tough with the cleaners. Tilex and other bleach-based solutions will work when all-natural ones fall short.

7. Mold can really cling to the grout and caulk in your bathtub, shower, and bathroom tiles. If you’ve already tried to remove the mold through scrubbing, you might need to consider replacing the caulk and grout altogether. Once you’ve replaced it, wipe it down every few days to avoid new mold growth.*

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