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.
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
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
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
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.
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?
I second what Cajun said--works great! A tip for cleaning the ceiling above the shower of mold: make up some bleach water in a bucket and use a foam-head mop to swab it down. Make sure you've squeezed out the mop enough beforehand so it doesn't drip on you.
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
1 Part Hydrogen Peroxide to 2 parts water. Let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing!
I've never actually tried this method, I just recently found it online! But if you are looking for a homemade recipe, I suggest trying this one first!
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
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!
How do I clean mold from my bathroom tiles?
Vinegar or the hydrogen peroxide you purchase in the brown bottle from the pharmacy or market work really well along with a plastic scrubber and little elbow grease ;-) Whatever you do please don't use chlorine bleach or any product that contains chlorine bleach because it has recently been proven to be dangerous to your health. You can Google 'Is it safe to use bleach to clean mold' for details.
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?
If you have lime buildup then you need to use an acid cleaner to get rid of it. Probably full strength vinegar will do the trick, but if it doesn't, try CLR. That should also take care of the mold. If it doesn't, you can also use bleach on another occasion. Do not use these products together.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
Any suggestions on getting rid of black mold around shower doors/ trays?
What gets rid of mildew on shower tiles?
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.