Mold growing anywhere in your house can be dangerous and should be removed. Given the humidity in your bathroom it's an easy place for mold to grow and spread. This guide is about cleaning and removing mold from your shower walls.
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The only solution for getting rid of mold in the bathroom on tile, tub, or any other hard or porous surface is lemons or lemon juice. I recently read where someone had thought bleach was the answer. At one time so did I, until I had children.
Being "concerned" with money and being green, someone suggested lemons or lemon juice. Lemon has been used for centuries. However, concern with the environment, what chemicals contaminate our water, plant life, animals, and humans got me thinking. After researching and experimenting, using natural, less expensive products fit my life style better. I chose lemons. My first stop was the bathroom.
I took a lemon wedge, rubbed it in the corner where tile meets the porcelain tub, and ran it up and down over the caulking. I let it sit about 15 minutes, checking it about halfway through (at which time you can reapply). I rinsed the tub then cleaned it as usual. The tub was clean!
This cleaning method can be used on many different things. Recently while preparing for a garage sale, I noticed the antique highchair which was being sold was growing mold. Immediately, I remembered the lemon juice. I grabbed my spray bottle that I used for cleaning the bathrooms and spayed the highchair. You would never want to use bleach or other chemicals where a baby was going to be eating. However the lemon juice worked great, removing all of the mold. Lemon juice left this antique in its original condition. Next time you see mold anywhere in your house before using something toxic or expensive, grab a lemon!
When using on porous items, wipe away immediately. If necessary reapply.
By Mistie from Baton Rouge, LA
When I went to re-caulk my tub over spring break (yes, my life is that exciting!), I went into my local neighborhood hardware store to gather supplies. The ever-helpful employees shared with me their favorite way of getting rid of the mold and mildew after scraping out the old caulk and replacing it with new caulk: X-14. Yes, it's incredibly caustic, but it does the job like nothing else I've ever tried!
I sprayed everything down, turned to the sink to wet my sponge and by the time I turned back, everything resembling mold, mildew, or soap scum was gone. You do need to be very careful not to inhale these fumes. I personally open the window, turn on the fan, hold my breath, spray the X-14 where needed and run for the hills! I just hope nobody's watching me while I'm using this product. :) If you're desperate to clean up the tub, X-14 is the answer.
By Kristen from Grand Rapids, MI
Krud Kutter will remove the mold overnight! Just spray on the surface and let it stand overnight. I get water in my garage when the rain is heavy and mold forms on the 'dry wall' and the wood frame it sits on. I spray the Krud Kutter on and the next day, mold is gone! Now I have to spray only 2-3 times a year! Buy it at Lowe's for about $13 a gallon. Works wonders on most everything else, very little smell, and doesn't irritate my very sensitive skin. Cleans everything from tar off vehicle, to burned on food in a pan! Really great to have around!
Please don't use bleach! It is very caustic. Instead, buy a 32 oz bottle of hydrogen peroxide and buy and empty 32 oz sprayer bottle at Wal Mart. Remove the sprayer head and place on the hydrogen peroxide bottle and spray. It kills mold. You should also use this anywhere you want to disinfect in the home, like bathroom and kitchen counter tops. Just as good as bleach, completely safe to use. Bleach is very caustic and it should never touch your skin!
By Jim in Jax
A very easy way to remove mold from the corner of bath tub wall is explained here. Have the Clorox bleach, not the bathroom cleaner, but the laundry bleach, in a small paper cup and pour this on the mold and around the tub corner. Leave it 10 minutes and then rinse the place with water. Then do the regular cleaning with your bathroom cleaner. You will get amazing results.
You can put the bleach in the spray bottles and spray on the shower walls. Then rinse with water. Then do the regular cleaning.
Concentrate on a small area at a time time, because the bleach has a heavy smell. Be careful about getting it on your hands and in your eyes. Do open the door and window.
By chellammal from Alpharetta, GA
Bleach kills mold but you need to find out why it's there in the first place and do something to prevent or it'll come back. I'd use something like Soft Scrub which has bleach in it to really clean first and then spray with straight bleach (open the window!) and let this set for as long as you can. Rinse well.
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Here are questions related to Removing Mold from Shower Walls.
We have mold on the walls above our shower. What's the best way to remove the mold and to prevent it from coming back?
Yes, great answer when you paint make sure its a paint for bathrooms it helps prevent mold and mildew, too.
My shower stall has wet-wall similar to kitchen counter tops. The wall covering has developed a slight bloom any ideas how to clean this?
Thanks in advance.
By Tizzyfluff from Fife, Scotland
Try the following. Not sure if it will work but it's worth a try:
All Purpose Cleaner: You'll need a large spray bottle, a half cup of baking soda, and enough water to dissolve. To this, slowly add a cup of vinegar (it will fizz like mad for a bit), then top off with more water. Let this mixture sit overnight, and then flip end over end to mix. Be prepared for more fizzing. When fizzing ends, it's ready to use.
Tile Cleaner: Mix equal parts baking soda and warm water, scrub into tiles, and then clean with all purpose solution.
You can get other cleaning ideas from this site (which is where I got the idea I've mentioned) http://www.stretcher.com/stories/05/05apr04d.cfm
How do I clean mold from my bathroom tiles?
Peroxide in a spray bottle just like it comes from the drug store, what, 3%? The peroxide is cheap and does a good job of it. Peroxide is also a good sanitizer and cleaner. We use it a lot in the kitchen to kill the germs, and one bottle goes a long way.
When we moved into this house, the shower tiles had a lime buildup and mold. Each time I clean with a bleach cleaner, the tiles turn orange/brown which is then very difficult to remove. This doesn't happen in other areas where there is no build up. How can I clean the shower without this happening and kill the mold, too?
Don't use bleach. I know it's been used for decades in the belief it got rid of mold. Recent studies have shown all it does is 'bleach' the mold to white/clear. The spores are still alive therefore it will come back. Consider using full strength vinegar sprayed on to get rid of the calcium buildup.
If the mold is on the putty around the enclosure, take it off and put new putty on. If it's on a curtain, of course, replace it. I spray vinegar on the entire enclosure after each use of the tub/shower. I no longer have a problem with either buildup nor mold.
We are getting ready to move into a house, but there is a lot of work that has to be done first. We recently tore the entire bathroom out from the floors to the ceiling. It will be a whole new make-over. The bathtub is fine, it just needs to be cleaned really well. It is filthy, but the dirt wipes off. Now on the outside of the tub surround there is mold. What can I do to safely remove and prevent if from coming back?
By Kristi from Columbus, OH
Use a 50/50 bleach/water solution in a bucket. Use hot but not scalding water. Take a stiff bristled handheld bathtub brush and alternate between dipping the brush in the bucket and scrubbing at the mold until it is all gone. The bleach should remove the stain left by the mold. If not you can try some concentrated bleach on a white rag, wearing gloves. Be careful not to damage the caulk. If the caulk is leaking in any way, remove, clean and re-caulk. Rinse clean with water and you should be good to go.
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By lovemyfamily from TX
Bleach kills mold but you need to find out why it's there in the first place and do something to prevent or it'll come back. I'd use something like Soft Scrub which has bleach in it to really clean first and then spray with straight bleach (open the window) and let this set for as long as you can. Rinse well. (05/04/2009)
If you don't have bleach you can use vinegar. You can also use baking soda.
Krud Kutter will remove the mold overnight. Just spray on the surface and let it stand overnight. I get water in my garage when the rain is heavy and mold forms on the 'dry wall' and the wood frame it sits on. I spray the Krud Kutter on and the next day, mold is gone! Now I have to spray only 2-3 times a year! Buy it at Lowe's for about $13 a gallon. Works wonders on most everything else, very little smell, and doesn't irritate my very sensitive skin. Cleans everything from tar off vehicle, to burned on food in a pan! Really great to have around! (05/08/2009)
We have one of those showers that are separate from the tub. There is a gummy glue (Caulking) used to anchor the door to the stall. The glue was clear now it is dark with mildew or mold. Can someone give me some ideas on how to clean it without removing the glue?
Thanks in advance.
Nette from Georgia
Bleach kills mold. (01/27/2005)
Bar Keeper's friend. Mix as a paste. Apply with a toothbrush.
Check out their website: barkeepersfriend.com
I've found this product at Walmart, Raley's, and Rite-Aid. You can use it on glass, fiberglass, stainless steel, copper, brass (it's a polisher), plastic, and tile. It's an endless cleaner. Once you try it, you'll always have it. (01/27/2005)
I use a paste made from hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and Borax. Use a toothbrush to apply and let set. (01/27/2005)
We had the same problem in our shower and my sister suggested using a Clorox Bleach Stick. This has really worked for us, and I like it because it comes out creamy (thicker) than pouring bleach, and you can apply it exactly where you want it without getting bleach all over yourself (kind of like using white-out in one of those correction pens). We just keep it in the shower and periodically use it if we notice any mold forming. It has worked wonders for us.
By Trudy P.
Bleach does not clean mold. You only think that it cleans mold, because you can't see the mold anymore. Bleach only changes the color of mold, making it invisible to the eye and that's why people think it works. It doesn't. You have to thoroughly wet the mold first. You wet the mold so you won't spread mold spores, then use a mix of water and non-ammonia cleaner and a brush to clean off the dirt and grime which is what mold grows on. Once you do this, you must let this dry completely, 24 to 48 hours.
Only then should you use bleach to disinfect, but you should only use a bleach and water mix. Using straight bleach doesn't clean any better, but does give out a toxic fume that should not be inhaled. The most important thing is to make sure you wear gloves, protective eyewear and a N95 mask. You can get the proper mask at your local home improvement stores. I hope this helps you and others. If you have mold that keeps coming back, this technique should help. Also, if your not sure if what you have is mold. Put a drop of bleach on it and if it changes colors then it's mold. If it doesn't change colors, then it's not mold.
Try Scrub-Free Mildew remover with bleach. You can get it at Walmart. Spray it on, let it sit for about 20 minutes, then rinse with a non-abrasive sponge and water (you should be able to just rinse it, but I find it works better if you wipe it with a wet sponge or cloth). I have been using this stuff for a few years and I love it. I use it every time I clean my tub and shower. I have even been able to get rid of old mold and mildew stains with it. (07/30/2005)
I use a non-toxic product called MoldZyme to remove mold and mildew spots in my shower. It has worked wonders for me without having to worry about the smell coming from bleach (it is irritating for me) and other cleaning agents that have an unpleasant smell to it.
You might want to check out MoldZyme on their website. I've ordered from them and they seem to have their products carried at retail stores around the country. You can check out their site, ecodiscoveries.com for more information on the capabilities of the product. (08/18/2006)
I saw responses here recommending bleach and several responses recommending against it. I had a mold specialist in my house a few months ago after a flood to help me dry everything out to prevent mold. I had some mold in my garage and asked how to kill it. He told me "do not use bleach" for the same reasons people have said here not to use bleach.
He recommended this solution:
Boil 1 gallon of water. Mix in copper powder (the stuff you use on your roses, it comes in a cylindrical container). Stir it. There will still be some solid pieces. Put it through a strainer (a home made strainer, like a coffee filter or paper towel should be just fine) so all of the pieces are gone. Pour in one gallon of Zep floor sealer and mix. Put this into a trigger spray bottle and spray it generously on the moldy areas.
I have not yet had a chance to try this, but he swears by it. (10/14/2007)