Bathrooms provide all the right conditions for mold to make itself at home. Mold is not only unsightly and smelly, but can also be a health concern for those vulnerable to respiratory conditions. Luckily, we have some very simple tips to help you banish mold from your bathroom.
How mold grows
Mold is a type of fungus with airborne spores which grow on organic matter with the aid of oxygen and moisture. If your bathroom has any of the following issues, it’s providing the perfect environment for mold to take hold:
- Poor ventilation
- Damp caused by leaking pipes
- Damp caused by constantly wet surfaces, towels and mats.
How to prevent mold
Mold can be easily prevented by maintaining some simple cleaning and bathing habits:
- Reduce levels of humidity by using exhaust fans during baths and showers, leaving on for 30 minutes after bathing.
- Leaves windows and doors open for air flow whenever possible.
- Use a vacuum cleaner which has a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
- If you have a non-slip mat in your shower or a bathroom rug it must be washed and dried frequently.
- Hang towels up to dry and wash them regularly.
- Use a squeegee or cloth to wipe down the shower and bath after use.
- Use vinegar and baking soda diluted in water to clean your bathroom regularly (except for marble surfaces).
How to treat mold
The good news is that mold can be effectively removed without the use of harsh chemical cleaners. Follow these simple steps:
- Clean your entire bathroom with white distilled vinegar to kill spores.
- Spray tea tree oil (dilute 1 teaspoon per cup of water) directly onto stubborn moldy areas and wipe clean.
It’s that easy!
Just remember! Wear a mask to protect you from inhaling spores. Do not mix vinegar with bleach as it creates toxic chlorine gas.
If the smell of vinegar bothers you, simply spritz Mask Moroccan Rose Bathroom Spray for a delicate and fruity scent.