If you love a long hot shower, than you probably know that if you take enough of them in your windowless bathroom, you may notice mould, even though you clean regularly. This is because the combination of constant moisture and warmth in a windowless room is the perfect breeding ground for mould, no matter how much you clean. The key to reducing mould in your bathroom tile, however, is how you clean. That being said, here are some tips for reducing mould in your bathroom tiles:
Tip #1: Wash your shower curtain in the washing machine.
To do this, take your dry shower curtain and put it in the washer with a load of towels. Use regular detergent and ½ cup of baking soda and choose hot water for the wash and the rinse cycles. Make sure to take out the shower curtain before the spin cycle and hang it to dry. The mould will be gone.
Tip #2: Use Hydrogen Peroxide to remove non-toxic mould from the shower stall itself.
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle and wet the stall down thoroughly. Let it stand for an hour and then use a stiff natural brush to scrub the stall with hot water. It will take some elbow grease, but this will kill the mould without using heavy-duty cleaners that include bleach. Bleach and water using the same method will also kill the mould, but make sure to turn on the exhaust fan and do not breathe in the mist. Keep this type of cleaner (or a commercially made brand) in the shower and spay the shower down lightly after every use. There is no need to scrub or rinse. This will keep the mould from coming back once you have gotten rid of it.
Tip #3: To help keep mould from coming back, run the exhaust fan.
Especially if you live in an older home, you need to run the exhaust fan when you take a shower hot enough to produce steam, and leave it on for fifteen minutes afterwards. This is because the longer the steam stays in the bathroom, the more mould will be bred. Wet, warm walls are the perfect place for mould to breed.
Tip#4: Keep wet towels on hangers or don’t leave them to dry in the bathroom at all.
It may not seem like it, but wet towels in a bathroom breed mould as well. You may not see it on the towels, but wet towels add to the dampness of the bathroom and help the mould to grow. If you have a whole house using a bathroom, you can install a hook for every person to hang their towel – which will help – but that won’t solve the entire problem. It is much better for people who share a bathroom to take their towel back to their room, where the towel can dry quicker and more thoroughly without causing mould in the bathroom.