Mould No More: How to Banish Unsightly Shower Mould
Shower mould is the anathema of even the most dedicated and enthusiastic housekeeper; it can feel all but impossible to totally remove mould stains, and the mould itself often resurfaces with alarming rapidity. Adding to the stress of having such an unsightly blemish in one's bathroom, most of us are aware that mould carries real health risks, such as nasal and throat irritation, coughing and wheezing, eye irritation, and toxic reactions that can manifest as flu-like symptoms, skin infections, and even pneumonia.
Fortunately, if you're wondering how to get rid of stubborn shower mould, you've come to the right place: The five strategies below will have your bathroom gleaming and mould-free in no time:
- For mould on hard surfaces, combine 1/2 cup of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle, then spray the solution in and around your shower stall (make sure to include the floor). Let the mixture sit for a full hour so that it can soak in and kill the mould, then scrub the shower area vigorously with a stiff-bristled brush and piping hot water.
- For very stubborn mould, try quaternary ammonium household cleaners. These don't actually contain ammonia, contrary to what the name suggests; they are composed of specialised anti-bacterial salts which are very effective at killing mould—far more effective than bleach. Just be sure to follow all of the safety precautions on the label as these cleaners are quite potent.
- Wash your shower curtain regularly. For a quick and effective clean, place your shower curtain in the washing machine along with an assortment of towels and cloths; these will both protect the curtain and act as “scrubbers” during the washing process. You should also add a 1/2 cup of bicarbonate soda to the water for a bit of extra abrasive action. After the shower curtain has been washed (using hot water and a cold rinse cycle), hang it out to dry. Allow it to dry completely before using it again.
- To clean grout, mix 7 cups of warm water with 1/2 cup of baking soda,1/3 cup of ammonia, and 1/4 cup of white vinegar, blend thoroughly, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the grout and let the mixture sit for at least five minutes before scrubbing with a hard-bristled brush. Repeat as necessary, rinsing away dirty water between applications.
- To prevent mould from recurring, run your bathroom fans frequently. You should also shake off your shower curtain after each shower or bath, and be sure not to close it so completely that it cannot air dry.