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 put new tile in the shower and re-porcelained the bathtub in our bathroom, and I’m working like a maniac to make sure that mold and mildew don’t take residence in there!
Here are a few of my favorite non-toxic cleaning and maintenance tips – using only natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.
- 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.
- Make your own all-purpose shower cleaning spray by mixing 2 cups water, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 big squirt of liquid castile soap or eco-friendly dishwashing detergent. You can also add about 20 drops of antiseptic essential oil like tea tree or grapefruit seed oil. Both the vinegar and the essential oils work to prevent mold.
- 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 stubborn stains, mix 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 cup water in a spray bottle. Spray stains and leave to dry.
Do you have any tips for dealing with mold and mildew in the bathroom?
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