Tips and tricks to remove black mold from shower caulk when your bathroom mold seems to have gotten out of hand!
Mold in the bathroom is a very common thing that a lot of us battle, and it’s so gross!
Mold LOVES warm and moist environments, so after a hot shower or bath, it’s essential to dry out your bathroom so that the mold has a harder time to get growing.
Unfortunately, a lot of us in older homes (like me!) don’t have a ventilation system in the bathroom, and that makes drying out the room a lot more difficult after taking a hot shower or bath.
If you have a window, make sure to keep it open so that the moisture dries up quickly.
The only problem is, if you live in a winter wonderland, having the window open after a hot shower isn’t an option.
Then you must take extra steps to make sure your tub dries up.
But those of us with kids and busy lives don’t take the time to make sure to dry out tubs, and the mold loves that!
So how do you kill all that mold on your bathroom caulking?
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How To Remove Black Mold From Shower Caulk
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How To Remove Black Mold From Shower Caulk
- Make sure you have your materials handy.
- Mix one part bleach with 10 parts water in a spray bottle.
- Spray the affected area with the bleach solution
- Wait for five to 15 minutes for the solution to do its job
- Gentle scrub away at the moldy area with the toothbrush or soft brush
- Rinse the area off, and wipe down with a clean and wet cloth.
This does the trick in my house, I hope it helps you too.
Alternative Methods I’ve Tried
These are also excellent methods, but in MY opinion, they didn’t work quite as well as the bleach solution. I PREFER to use no chemicals in the house, but sometimes, when it comes to mold and health, bleach is my go-to.
I’m well aware of the benefits of tea tree oil and its disinfecting properties, but come on…bleach is just much more durable, and so I trust it more in these situations.
However, if you don’t have bleach in your home, or you prefer to use natural products, there are some other things you can do to get the mold off.
Baking Soda Paste Solution
Just so you are aware, baking soda does NOT kill mold, but it can help remove any excess moisture from the caulking which helps prevent mold growth.
Create a paste with your baking soda and some water and apply it to the caulking.
Leave this paste on the caulking for 20 minutes or so.
After the 20 minutes has elapsed, go ahead and scrub away at the mold with a toothbrush or soft brush.
You can use straight hydrogen peroxide applied to the moldy caulking in your tub or shower.
Use a spray bottle to apply the peroxide and let it sit for 10 minutes or so before scrubbing it with a soft brush or toothbrush.
Make sure to dry the area when you are done!Cleaning Supplies
Caring For Your Shower Caulking
In order to keep the mold away from your shower caulking, the best thing to do is keep the moisture away. This means drying the tub or shower when you’ve finished washing up and cleaning your bathroom often.
Why Is It Important To Clean Your Bathroom Regularly?
You can prevent illness and infections when you keep your bathroom neat and clean on a regular basis. A bathroom that is not clean can cause difficulties in breathing. Mold and dust are very dangerous for individuals with already existing breathing issues such as asthma, pneumonia or COPD.
Microorganisms, Bacteria, Viruses, & Pathogens live up to a week on bathroom surfaces which means it’s very important to wipe down your counters, sinks and shower daily to prevent these from causing stomach problems and bacteria growth. The toilet, tub and sink are prime breeding grounds for all these bacteria and it’s so easy for people to contract salmonella, and intestinal distress if using a bathroom that is dirty and filled with bacteria.
Athletes foot, staph and strep can also be caused by breathing in bacteria in a dirty bathroom.
Ageing individuals have weaker immune systems, even if they are still healthy and active. Typical bacteria that live in bathrooms can affect the immune system seriously and easily for the older generation.
Keeping Your Bathroom Safe
Keeping your bathroom free of daily clutter helps keep the bacteria easier to control. Magazines and clutter next to the toilet area hold onto those gross toilet germs easily. Keep those items away from the toilet and be sure to always close the toilet lid when flushing to keep the bacteria from flying about the room.
Bathmats are also a breeding ground for bacteria so you should be washing your bathmat once a week.
Cleaning Sprays and deodorizer bottles should be rinsed regularly as well because the bottle of these substances can be just as germy as the surfaces you are cleaning with that bottle.
Also be sure to keep your cleaners tucked away safely out of reach of children. Baby proofing the bathroom when you have a little explorer is always a good idea.
Wrapping Up: How To Remove Black Mold From Shower Caulk
When it comes to mold, prevention is just as important as removal. While removal of this mold isn’t difficult, it’s a pain in the butt to have to deal with in the first place.
Put your prevention practices in place and avoid going through the trouble to remove black mold from shower caulk later on.