How to Fight Mould in your Bathroom (Part II)

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If there is mould in your bathroom, you are not alone! This problem is very common and can be extremely difficult to clean.

Here are a few cleaning tips and tricks to help you tackle the bathroom mould problem.

Vinegar

White vinegar is a great way to start cleaning mould in your bathroom. Undiluted white vinegar works best. You can put some into a spray bottle or apply directly to the area (pour straight on or soak a cloth first). This works best when the mould first appears, but it might not be as effective for mould that has set in.

Clove Oil

Using clove oil, which is a natural essential oil, can be a perfect non-toxic approach for cleaning mould and preventing more from growing. You only need a tiny amount – 1/4 teaspoon of clove oil in a litre of water should do the trick. Spray or apply with a cloth to the mould, then leave it on – 10 minutes for minor mould issues or you can leave it for several hours if the mould is more difficult to remove. Then wipe the area with a cloth to remove the mould. Clove oil also works well to help prevent more mould from appearing after cleaning, so spray extra onto the area after cleaning to prolong the results.

For really stubborn mould, try experimenting with mixtures of clove oil with vinegar and/or tea tree oil, as the combined effects of these can have more impact.

Baking Soda

For another non-toxic solution to your bathroom mould, baking soda can be very effective. It kills mould but also absorbs moisture (to help prevent further mould from growing). Approximately 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with about 2 cups of water will be strong enough. You can apply this to the mouldy area and scrub to clean off as much as you can, then rinse. After cleaning, spray a little more on the area as a preventative step.

Bleach

Bleach is your best bet for stubborn mould, especially when natural products and methods have failed to remove it. Silicone and grout often fall victim to this type of mould, so bleach is a good way to fight back. Be careful when using bleach. Make sure to wear protective gear (ie. face mask and rubber gloves), and always use in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to rinse the bleach off thoroughly after cleaning.

Mould Remover Products

There are many products on the market that contain targeted chemicals for bathroom mould issues. Be wary – these products use a mix of strong chemicals, so it is important to follow safety precautions: wear a mask, always use rubber gloves and keep the area ventilated as much as possible.

Also be mindful to protect your bathroom surfaces, as some of these products could be too harsh or ruin the finish of some surfaces. Test a small amount on a non-prominent area first. And always follow the full instructions for each product!

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