How to get rid of shower mold

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Mould is a fairly common household issue, especially for those living in humid climates. Mould loves moisture which is why it thrives in these climates and why it can be hard to get rid of it if it's settled in. It's very important to take care of mould issues before they become too out of control. Mould spreads very quickly and can infest your home which may require professional removal. If you're like most people, you maybe have already tried many different products and methods to remove the mould in your shower. The shower is one of the most common places we find mould in the house. It makes sense since this is probably the most humid room in the home and there's lots of moisture from taking showers. Plus, it's usually pretty dark in there too because there may not be any windows in your bathroom and mould hates sunlight. So it's the perfect breeding ground for the fungus to grow.

If the mould in your shower is surface mould, meaning that it is growing on the surface of your shower walls or tiles, then it will be pretty easy to clean off. If it's living beneath the caulking or the grout, it's going to take some more work to get it out, which is what Jillee from One Good Thing By Jillee shares with us. In her case, the mould in her shower was growing under the clear caulking, and it wasn’t something that she could just scrub off. In this case, you're going to have to remove the caulking with a single-edged razor blade and a pair of tweezers like she did. You just take the razor and start making incisions to cut it all out. It helps to make cuts on either side of the caulking to loosen it up and then pull it out with your tweezers. After you've removed all of your caulking, you should then clean the areas really well so that the mould doesn't return. She used some bleach in water to clean it all up and then dried it really well with a clean cloth. Instead of bleach, you could use white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree essential oil, baking soda or borax. Then, you'll have to redo the caulking as well.

When you have surface mould, you can use the same natural cleaners and cleaning tips to clean it from your shower, except you won't have to remove any caulking. Using tea tree oil in some water can be very effective for cleaning mould off of your shower, just mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil into a cup of water and put it in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Then saturate the mouldy area with the solution and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then come back with a damp cloth and wipe the mould away. You can then reapply the solution to keep the mould from coming back. Use plain white vinegar in the same way, or hydrogen peroxide and even rubbing alcohol. Once you've done that you can also use borax or baking soda in water to really prevent further mould growth. Also, to further prevent mould make sure that you're turning your bathroom fan on when you're taking a shower. That will reduce the amount of moisture in the air. Keep your door open a crack too when you're in the shower or leave a window open a bit. You can also invest in a dehumidifier that will keep the air in your home dryer so you won't have mould issues. Try out these cleaning tips to clean mould and to keep it away.***

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