Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How to get mold off your shower & a few more cleaning tips

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Does the above image look familiar? Kinda gross, huh? Unfortunately, we've all probably dealt with shower mold at some point. I came across a pin on Pinterest that detailed how one Mom easily rid her shower of this yucky mold. All it took was bleach and a common beauty product called CelluCotton sold at beauty supply stores.  I was nodding my head as I read her comments but at the end I though- if only she'd known it could be even easier! 


Several months ago I found myself desperately trying to rid our master bathroom shower of this same black mold. No matter how often I cleaned or what product I used, nothing seemed to touch it. I'm kind of a clean freak too, so let's just say trying to find a solution occupied way more time and energy that I had to spare! As a last ditch effort, my husband and I scraped out all the existing shower caulking and applied new caulking. Time consuming. Tedious. And unfortunately, unnecessary and ineffective as the mold returned about 2 months later.

My father-in-law gave a suggestion that sounded entirely too easy. Spray straight bleach on it. That's it. Here I've spent upwards of $20 trying to rid our shower of this mold and his solution is to spray bleach on it?! Why didn't I think of that?! I previously tried spraying diluted bleach and that didn't work at all.

So I tried it. and guess what? It WORKED. Fast. Easily. Somewhat stinkily, but I'll deal with that being as it WORKED!! No additional supplies needed. After that point, I bought a small spray bottle, labeled it BLEACH and stuck it up high so the kiddos can't get to it. I clean the shower regularly and once a month, simply spray the mold-prone area with bleach and it looks brand new.

A few more cleaning tips I plan on trying soon:

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Two Recipes for Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner:
  1. Combine 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol,  two-three cups HOT water (enough to fill the bottle) and two drops of Dawn dish soap. The cleaner works a lot better if it is hot!
  2. Combine equal parts vinegar and HOT water. A variation on this is to first combine orange peels with the vinegar and let sit in the fridge for a day or two. This adds a nice citrus scent to the cleaner, which is nice since vinegar doesn't smell the greatest! 

Have any cleaning tips to share? Leave a comment- I'd love to hear them! 

3 comments:

Nicole said...

Great tips! Although I've heard that rain-x has dangerous chemicals and is recommended for such close contact.

sdonn said...

I saw this on a local TV show, a cleaning company was on talking about the things that they use to clean homes that you may not have thought about. I thought it a little weird but gave it a try and it works so well, it is my standard shower go to because where I live the water is super hard and my shower always looked horrible.
Use lemon oil, the one that you put on furniture, on a rag and wipe down (you might have to scrub a little in some places)the walls of your shower, and your shower doors. It takes off the hard water stains in a snap, and it makes the water run off the next time the shower is used. I do this once a week and my shower has never looked better. I use it on all parts of the shower, the knobs, the metal around the doors, the walls, I just do not use it on the bottom of the shower, as I do not want to slip. Try it, I promise you, you will be amazed.
Another one I just saw the other day and have not used yet is: toilet bowl cleaner used on the outside windows to get the hard water stains off of the windows, makes a lot of sense and I am going to do that this weekend. I suppose that it would also work on the shower as well. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

I just tried the vinegar and water solution to my outside windows that got hit with the sprinklers. I gave a green sponge scruber and the spray bottle to my 4 year old and told him to have at it. He had a blast scrubbing the window, and it all came off! My husband was amazed at how much had acutally come off with little effort. It is a keeper solution for windows at our house.

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