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Cleaning and Removing Mold from Shower Walls

September 13, 2011

pictures of shower wallsThe 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.

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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.

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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

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June 7, 2011

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.

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June 7, 2011

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.

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I spray the Krud Kutter on and the next day, mold is gone!

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June 7, 2011

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?

Lewis

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

Wash the area down with a solution of Chlorine Bleach & Water and then apply KILZ Primer to the surface and repaint. (Available in Paint Depts., even Wallyworld)

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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August 2, 20120 found this helpful

Yes, great answer when you paint make sure its a paint for bathrooms it helps prevent mold and mildew, too.

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March 16, 2011

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 Fran from Fife, Scotland

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May 20, 20050 found this helpful

I am looking for a homemade solution. I'd heard that peroxide gets rid of mold, I think, but don't recall for sure about that.

I don't want to go spending money on Tilex, but want something simple and cheap, that hopefully will work as well! :-) Ann

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

If you can find a bottle of Mean Green tug and shower cleaner, that works best for me.

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

Bleach, that is all Tilex is, it's scented bleach.

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March 22, 20110 found this helpful

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!

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But if you are looking for a homemade recipe, I suggest trying this one first!

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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Tile Cleaner: Mix equal parts baking soda and warm water, scrub into tiles, and then clean with all purpose solution.

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You can get other cleaning ideas from this site (which is where I got the idea I've mentioned) www.stretcher.com/.../05apr04d.cfm

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June 7, 2011

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?



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March 2, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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March 3, 20111 found this helpful

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.

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August 31, 2010

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

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October 21, 20110 found this helpful

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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March 16, 2011

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.

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March 1, 2011

Is there a mold found in showers that is pink ? What is it and will a little bleach get rid of it?

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December 21, 2010

I would like to know how to clean mold and mildew from the shower?

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August 31, 2010

Any suggestions on getting rid of black mold around shower doors/ trays?

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June 18, 2010

What gets rid of mildew on shower tiles?

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September 24, 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.

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