Homemade Tub & Tile Cleaning Remedies That Really Work

How to Prevent and Treat Mold in the Shower

Effective homemade mold cleaning remedies using safe ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. 

The gleaming tile. The shiny new fixtures. The spotless shower. When you spend good money redecorating a bathroom, you can get a little obsessive about keeping it clean. I know because I’ve been there. We did a partial remodel in our bathroom by putting in new tile in the shower and new porcelain over the old bathtub. I’m bound and determined to make sure that mold and mildew don’t take residence in there!

Not only is mold ugly and embarrassing, it can be a health hazard, causing asthma attacks, nasal congestion and headaches. So how do you keep mold and mildew at bay? The best place to start is prevention – try to keep mold from growing in your shower in the first place. But if mold does show up, attack it immediately using the treatment tips below.

Here are a few of my favorite non-toxic mold cleaning remedies and maintenance tips – using only natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.

For prevention:

  • Make sure the shower area is well-ventilated – turn on the fan and open the windows and doors!
  • Use a squeegee to take excess water off of the shower walls.
  • Wipe down problem areas like corners and ledges with a dry cloth. Mold needs a wet environment to grow so keep things dry!
  • Shake out shower curtain after each shower. Wash or replace shower curtain frequently.
  • Make your own shower cleaning spray using vinegar and the essential oils to prevent mold (see DIY recipe below)

For treatment:

  • Spray mold with straight vinegar to kill spores.
  • Mix up a paste of baking soda or borax (a naturally occurring mineral) and scrub with a toothbrush.  Use caution if you use borax – it can be harmful if ingested.
  • To bleach mold and mildew stains, mix 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 cup water in a spray bottle.  Spray stains with solution, scrub it in a bit and then leave to dry.
  • Once mold has taken hold in your shower, it may not be possible to scrub it away. Replacing mold stained caulk or grout may be your only option in some cases.

Homemade Shower Cleaning Spray

2 cups water

1/2 cup vinegar

1 big squirt (approx 2 tablespoons) liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) or eco-friendly dishwashing  detergent

20 drops of antiseptic essential oil like tea tree or grapefruit seed oil

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle. Spray liberally over entire shower area.


Do you have any tips for dealing with mold and mildew in the bathroom?


(FYI – if you’re looking for more homemade household cleaning remedies and other DIY ideas, check the DIY tab at the top of my site!)

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  1. since switching to homemade cleaning products, i think my house hasn’t been cleaner! because I don’t mind cleaning. we love dr. bronner

  2. Great recipes, thank you for your advices !

    Caroline Motte
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  3. My newest Do It Yourself Honey project is to replace our way too small for the bathroom ceiling fan with a larger one to keep the ick at bay.

  4. Yes, tea tree oil works great on mold! You can use it in the shower spray that I mention in the post.

  5. I wanted to post another tip for killing mold, tea tree oil! Kill even toxic mold. Don’t remember the amount so would need to google it but we are currently living with my in-laws while my hubby finishes school so we don’t have to rent and I help take care of my disabled MIL and we are helping them fix the house up a bit and they had a mold issue. This is a common problem in Oklahoma and this house was built poorly. We got rid of the mold with tea tree oil and lots of cleaning.

  6. Fantastic recipes, thank you for this great post!



  7. onedeepblue says:

    my mother always makes her cleaning spray with citric acid. You can get it in the canning section or I think she got hers from a natural foods co op. Just use it instead of the vinegar and then you can spray it on the shower walls after each bath and it keeps the soap scum from building up. Works great in the kitchen too.

  8. Great tip about the citric acid. I’ve used it for bath products (fizzy bath balls) but never in a cleaning product!

  9. Great post! I haven’t yet tried an all a homemade cleaning product on mold. I have just been nervous that it wouldn’t do the trick but I need to get over that and just try out some recipes. Yours will be first on my list! Do you have a good recipe for drain cleaner? I have tried the vinigar and baking soda thing numerous times but it has never worked.

  10. Tile Cleaning says:

    The information provided is immensely useful. Tile cleaning require good knowledge and thorough professionalism. Certain treatments like spraying mold with straight vinegar to kill spores are immensely useful. Thanks for providing an article which possess, magnificent information in such a coherent manner.

  11. Alok Singh says:

    I need to deep clean my tile floors and was hoping anyone had any suggestions on something that isn’t too harsh but will clean it very well.

  12. Joey "Mold And Mildew Removal" Carlson says:

    Nice post, This is very helpful, A Nice way of preventing and removing molds in your bathroom.

  13. mold inspections five boros says:

    Vinegar is a lovely home remedy and it works like magic when sprayed on the necessary area.Thanks for the helpful tips here…really helps the cleaning process.

  14. Carpet Cleaners Brisbane says:

    My mother uses vinegar while cleaning It give a great results thanks now i use your tips of easy cleaning. Thanks for your blog…

  15. Aside from the usual vinegar, there are other homemade products that can be used to remove molds and mildew in tiles like tea tree oil, baking soda, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon juice. Each of these can be applied alone or in a combination with any other product in the bunch, through a sprayer or a sponge for wiping the molds away.

  16. Charisma says:

    Very informative! Thank you so much for sharing it. I really, really appreciated it.

  17. I mix a tbsp of dawn, a little baking soda, some vinegar and water to a spray bottle and that’s what I clean my bathroom with. If I have extra bad area I use extra dawn. I do love magic erasers tho. How do I part with them? I am careful to keep them locked away from my baby girl.

  18. Cheri Harp says:

    I found that my floor was getting a build up although i did not wax buy once or twice a year. i used rubbing alcohol with a straight edge razor and it came right up. Floor looks great. So used on windows and grim around stove on floor, it was so nice. Cheap cheap. i just use it on a dry cloth and wipe..

  19. Okay. Used your shower cleaning recipe (with tea tree oil) just now. The EASIEST bath-tub cleaning EVER! There was just a bit of film left, so I chased it with a regular Dr Bronner soap cleaning, which left my tub absolutely sparkling. I didn’t know cleaning could be so much fun.

  20. I tried baking soda on the chrome bumpers, mirrors and running boards on my pick em up truck. It does the same thing to chrome fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen. as a matter of fact I recently did a face lift in my bathroom. The shower fixtures were so old I couldn’t find one to replace it. I had no choice but to keep the old one. I rubbed some baking soda on the old one and it looks as good as the day it was new. Love vinegar AND baking soda.

  21. Great tips! I’ll be using the peroxide and water recipe for mold tonite. I’ll add some tea tree because these mold stains are indeed stubborn. Nothing seems to clean them. Got my fingers crossed. Will let you know how it worked out.

  22. So many people underestimate the power of vinegar. All I can figure is that people think it’s too easy to believe. That’s unfortunate because it works so well and in so many ways.

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