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.
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
By chellammal 5
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
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
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!
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
March 30, 2011
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
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?
August 2, 2012
Yes, great answer when you paint make sure its a paint for bathrooms it helps prevent mold and mildew, too.
How do I clean mold from my bathroom tiles?
August 19, 2011
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.
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.
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?
March 3, 2011
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.
By Kristi 1
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
October 21, 2011
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.
I am looking for tips on how to remove mold from my shower walls.
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)
What gets rid of mildew on shower tiles?
By tutmost from Vallejo, CA
Try bleach and some water, in a spray bottle. Leave it on for a while, let it sit, then rinse. (09/25/2009)
Please read my tip on using only white vinegar to kill mold! Your health is at risk every time you use bleach to kill mold.
"Chlorine is commonly and dangerously used for mold clean-up. We do not recommend it. Chlorine bleaches away the mold stain, but the mold always comes back. It wasn't fully removed from the surface. Conventional mold clean up methods require protective gear to protect you from both the mold and the chlorine bleaching products. Even a small mold clean up can expose you to hazardous products and by-products. Mold and chlorine have both been linked to poor indoor air quality, allergies, and even childhood asthma. Chlorine bleach is just as toxic as the mold in many cases. New research has linked the residue compounds left by chlorine cleaners, called organochlorides, to a variety of illnesses from respiratory disorders to cancer."
The vinegar leaves behind an acid residue that helps to retard the regrowth of mold as long as you don't rinse it off. (09/25/2009)
Try bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. (09/25/2009)
You would be shocked if you take an old toothbrush and some dish soap. No real chemical to mix with. Soap is pretty inert. (09/26/2009)
I just used a product called "The Works". It also did a great job removing rust stains. (09/26/2009)
To Remove Mold In The Bathroom:
You can use borax and white vinegar to make a spray that you can aim directly at the mold in the tub or shower. Once you spray it, leave it to sit for 30-60 minutes and then go back in and wipe it off. Presto, the mold will start coming off and you did not have to inhale toxic chemicals to do so. Just mix about 2 ounces of borax and a cup of white vinegar and you are ready to go. As a back up and a maintenance tip, you can also periodically spray the moldy areas with straight vinegar and just let it sit there and soak in. The vinegar will kill the mold that might be growing and it will halt the growth of new mold. (12/01/2009)
Make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda; scrub the moldy places with it using an old washcloth, rag, toothbrush, or plastic scrubbie so as not to mar the surface in any way. This also works on porcelain, stainless steel, and grout.
Not clean enough yet? Try peroxide and baking soda. Still not there? Use borax powder to scrub it all down first, removing any greasy soap residue, then repeat the vinegar or peroxide and bicarb scrub. Only precaution with this is to not get peroxide into your eyes. Have fun! (05/25/2010)
By Elizabet A.
Any suggestions on getting rid of black mold around shower doors/ trays?
Mildew or black mold is caused by dampness. A good step in prevention is to keep the window open or a fan running when showering or bathing. You could also wipe the walls down with a towel or use a squeegee to keep the walls dry.
Here are some recipes for cleaning mildew:
Combine in a spray bottle. Spray on dirty areas of bathtubs, shower curtains, or tile; let sit 5 minutes then scrub with a cloth.
Good for big cleaning projects. Effective for removing
mildew in the bathroom.
Apply to mildew. Use rubber gloves and use in a well ventilated area.
As bleach is toxic, use care whenever using it. This recipe should only be used when nothing else has worked.
Any other ideas how to remove mildew without bleach?
Spray area around tub with Lysol spray about once a month and you will eliminate any mold. Works for me! (03/29/2004)
We used one gallon of warm water with two caps full of bleach mix. Sprayed the area down scrubbed with brush then cleaned up with a sponge.
Seems to have done the trick. (04/17/2005)
I would like to know how to clean mold and mildew from the shower?
By Asuenta from USA
I think I found this on ThriftyFun, peroxide and a brush/toothbrush works wonders on mine! Good luck! (06/18/2010)
Greased Lightening can be purchased from either Dollar General or Family Dollar. It's does a great job in removing mold, mildew, and soap scum. A 40-oz. bottle cost $3.00. You can even print off a $1.00 coupon on the coupon websites.
Be sure to follow the instructions by wearing rubber gloves and having good ventilation. (06/19/2010)
Plain bleach and water kills mold and mildew. Use care whatever product you end up with. Be sure to have good ventilation in the room.
Generally, spritzing on a little bleach and washing it off a few minutes later is a very temporary fix, because the bleach does not have time to penetrate the caulk. So mildew deep inside or behind the caulk regenerates very quickly. I read in another forum of a fellow who was mixing bleach with baking soda or talcum powder to make a bleach paste that he spread on the caulk and then covered with clingy plastic food wrap for 12 hours to kill the mold at the root.
However, I've had good success with a modification of that: I use dishwasher gel that has bleach (sodium hypochlorite) in it. I put that in a squeeze bottle like a ketchup squirter, and I squeeze a bead of that along the offending caulk line. Then I cover the length of that caulk line with a 3" wide strip of food wrap (using a razor blade to cut a 3" section off the end of the food wrap core.) Leave that plastic wrap on for at least 6 hours. When you peel it off, thoroughly rinse the caulk line and scrub it with a brush. If the dishwasher gel dries, it will leave a white powdery residue that can be rinsed/brushed again later. Usually it takes several rinsings and scrubbings to get it all off, simply because it's hard to see when it's wet. It's a lot of work, but you may not have to do it so often. Don't carry the bleach dripping plastic wrap strips through the house, they need to go straight into a bucket
Use gloves and wear clothes that you don't mind if they get bleached spots on them. Make sure the dishwasher gel either lists bleach or hypochlorite on the ingredients, or has a warning that it will bleach your clothing. As it happens, I used Costco Kirkland brand dishwasher gel. I don't know if other dishwasher gel soap brands will work as well, but anything that's a heavy gel containing bleach should work.
A final warning, I've seen bleach of any kind cause cement grout to crumble. The process I'm describing here is for rubbery silicone type grout.
For those who prefer vinegar and other cleaners, I think the key to killing mold and mildew is to keep your cleaner wet and in contact with the caulk for as many hours as possible. Make your mix as a non-dripping paste or gel and cover it with plastic so it does not evaporate. Keep it like that overnight if possible.
Is there a mold found in showers that is pink ? What is it and will a little bleach get rid of it?
By bigjonusn from Augusta, GA
Yes, a mixture of bleach and water will get rid of the mold. (05/16/2009)
Yes, and yes. LOL We get pink mold all the time in the jets of our white whirlpool tub. I just spray it with Tilex like the black mold. Bleach will work too. (05/17/2009)
By Mary T
The best thing for mold is Dawn dish soap:-) (05/17/2009)
That mold is what can cause urinary tract infections. Bleach is the answer! (05/22/2009)
I have that pink mold in the shower. I also use bleach to remove it. Does it cause any other problems like athletes foot? (05/22/2009)
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! Jim in Jax (05/22/2009)
I need a homemade recipe for a small problem of mold in the shower. It is on the wall at one side. The shower is a tile shower. Thank you.
By Sue from Leesburg, FL
Make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and scrub with an old toothbrush. Works for me. (12/22/2010)
I fought shower mold for 10 years or so with every sort of cleaner, purchased and homemade, and some of the mold would never completely go away, plus it took a lot of work. Then when I finally started drying the shower walls and door with a towel after each shower, the mold quickly died and disappeared. My shower stays spotless now, and the only 'cleaner' that gets used is the soap and water that hits it when I'm showering, lol, can't get easier than that! (12/22/2010)
We used to have a handyman business. We would get calls for reoccurring mold in bathrooms. We would abate the mold and let the area dry out for several days then painted the whole bathroom with a mold retardant paint which you can get tinted to the color you want at paint stores. It is a little costly, but we never had a call back. We also told the client to leave the bath fan on for awhile after showering and get a small fan for circulation. (12/25/2010)