While it’s scary to discover mold in your otherwise perfect bathroom, there are a number of ways to deal with it. Here are some of our favorite bathroom renovation tips for getting rid of mold naturally.
1. Maximize natural light
UV rays, which are so damaging to asphalt driveways and your skin, can also kill mold. So if your bathroom has windows, simply leave the curtains open any time the bathroom is not in use. If the mold is hiding in a cupboard, leave the cupboard open to allow the light to reach it. And if it’s hiding in your bathtub or the inside of your shower curtain, try installing a transparent shower curtain so light can get through. Even indirect sunlight can contain a lot of UV rays, so any natural light that comes through the window can help.
2. Spray with vinegar
Vinegar is a commonly used cleaning agent that’s very safe around children and pets, yet can kill many different types of mold. Spraying it on the moldy spots (after cleaning off surface mold) is likely to keep the mold from coming back. It’s actually more effective than bleach for surfaces (such as wood) that are porous because the mold’s roots go down inside the surface and the bleach’s killing power doesn’t. Vinegar is very acidic, so test it on an inconspicuous area before using to make sure it doesn’t damage the surface.
3. Spray with hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is very environmentally safe because it rapidly breaks down into its components, air, and water. However, if consumed, it’s toxic, so keep it out of reach of children and pets at all times. Hydrogen peroxide kills mold mechanically by stealing electrons, so mold is very unlikely to become resistant. Simply spraying the problem spots with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution can kill mold very effectively. Test a small area first to make sure it doesn’t damage the surface you’re treating, and be careful not to inhale, consume, or spray large portions of your body with the hydrogen peroxide while you’re working with it.
These three tips will help you keep mold from growing back after you’ve scrubbed it away. If you’re considering replacing your bathroom fixtures with mold-resistant ones to make the job easier, contact us today for information about Microban protection.