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How to Get Rid of Shower Mold the Green Way

[ 0 ] June 22, 2010

Shower Mold

Shower mold can be seen in bathrooms all over the world. It’s a very common thing to have in a home. However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s alright. Still, it’s hard to keep it from growing in an area that’s damp most of the time.

Your shower is an easy target because of its high level of moisture. Bathroom mold is a potential health hazard, and it makes your bathroom look terrible. Thankfully, you can do something about it. 

There are dozens of commercial products designed to remove mold from your home. Unfortunately, some of these mold cleaners are toxic and not good to have in your home. Before buying an abrasive cleaner, you can try some natural mold removal techniques.

People were using these methods for mold removal long before commercial cleaners even existed. Go ahead and try them out. If you’re not pleased with the results, you can always get a cleaner from the corner store.

Here are some environmentally friendly ways to restore your shower’s original appearance.

1. Use a mixture of distilled white vinegar and baking soda. These two ingredients are cheap and available in just about any grocery store. Best of all, neither of them are toxic. Create a paste of two parts of baking soda and one part of water and white vinegar.

Apply the paste to the trouble spots and let dry for three minutes. After time has elapsed, wipe the paste away with a sponge or cloth. Apply pressure when you wipe to remove stubborn spots.

2. Use plain vinegar. If mixing vinegar with baking soda sounds too messy, you can use the vinegar alone. This is by far the cheapest way to solve your mold problem. However, vinegar alone has a very strong scent. Depending on how much you use, it could take hours for the smell to evaporate. Go right ahead and try this method if the smell doesn’t concern you.
 
It’s reported that vinegar kills most kinds of mold, so it’s worth a try. Just pour some white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and get to work. Spray the vinegar where necessary, let it sit for a while and then wipe the area.

If the above methods don’t produce the desired results, then get a cleaner from the store. In the case of a really bad problem, you might need to call in a professional mold removal service.

After the area is clean, it’s important to keep it that way. Prevention is the best way to fight the recurrence of shower mold.

After taking a shower, dry the curtain to stop moisture from accumulating. Dry the walls and faucets as well. If other areas in the bathroom are soaking wet from steam, dry them too. You can also open a window to help dry the area. Bathroom mold is a problem for most people. It’s certainly nothing to be ashamed about. The information in this article can make shower mold a thing of the past.

Mildew Removal Tips

[ 3 ] May 5, 2010

Mildew Removal

Mildew removal isn’t just as easy as scrubbing down your shower walls. There’s more to it than that. In fact, this particular mold can be found just about anywhere there is moisture – from the bathroom to the kitchen and even your bedroom.

And when it comes to dealing with this bothersome fungus, we tend to just grab a kitchen or bathroom mold removal product and spray away! However, not all cleaners work the same just as not all molds are the same.

And although mildew is not as harmful as some types of mold, they can still cause allergy problems in some people if they’re not cleaned up.

But before you even decide on the right cleaner for this particular type of fungus, you need to know if that’s what you’re really dealing with or if it’s something more serious like a toxic mold. If it’s fuzzy in texture and gray or white in color, then chances are you’re dealing with mildew.

If it’s black or dark gray spots, then you most likely have a toxic fungus know as black mold and you’ll need a more serious mold clean up regimen.

If you know you’re not dealing with a toxic fungus, then it’s probably safe enough to just use a good cleaner designed for mildew. But, you’ll still want to choose the right cleaner even for this job.

For example, a bathroom tile spray, may not work quite as well on a kitchen counter top. And if you’re concerned about the environment or your health, you’ll want to stay away from mold cleaners that contain harmful chemicals like bleach or ammonia.

The good news is many manufacturers including some big name brands are getting on the bandwagon and offering greener cleaning products for just about every household job you can think of, including removing mold.

Still, with everyone wanting to reduce their budget, it’s often more economical to just make your own cleaning products when you can.

If you’d rather save as much money as you can, you might want to try using a simple mixture of hot water and baking soda to get rid of the fungus. If the surface area is more delicate such as a leather purse, you can dry brush the affected area using a soft bristle brush and then wash it using soap and water.

If you choose this method, you should clean the item outdoors to prevent spores from the fungus from spreading to other areas of your home.

Some items that are affected by mildewing may benefit from a mixture of lemon juice and salt, which can be rubbed onto the surface area. However, because lemon is a natural lightening agent, it’s not a good idea to use it on fabric materials since it could fade them.

And speaking of fabrics, if you absolutely must rely on bleach for your mildew removal purposes, a mixture of two tablespoons of bleach and one quart of warm water applied to white fabrics that are affected by the fungus may help.

However, it is not wise to use bleach on other materials since the chemical cannot penetrate below most surface areas where mold tends to hide.

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