Nothing can ruin a bath or shower quite like the sight of tiny mould spores staring at you from the various nooks and crannies within your preferred bath enclosure.
If left untouched, mould can spread rather quickly and invade other areas of your home, especially damp and humid places. So if you notice mould growing in and around your shower or bath enclosures, you should act quickly to kill and remove it.
While there are countless commercial cleaners that claim to kill mould spores, we’re prepared a few home-made remedies that far earth- and family friendlier. Plus, it’s likely you already have a couple of the ingredients at home.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Bicarbonite of soda (aka baking soda) is a mild, safe and natural household cleaner. It also removes the unpleasant odour that often accompanies the presence of bathroom mould and mildew. To get started, simply add 1 ¼ grams of baking soda to a spray bottle filled with water and spray it on the mouldy area. Scrub with a sponge or brush, and rinse off with water. Spray with the baking soda solution once again and allow it dry before using your tub or shower again.
Another common household cleaner, vinegar pairs well with baking soda as they tackle different species of mold. Spray undiluted vinegar on the mould surface and let sit for at least an hour. Wipe it away with a wet cloth and let it dry. You should regularly spray mould-prone areas with vinegar to prevent future mold growth.
Tea Tree Oil
One of the most effective, natural ways to kill mould is with tea tree oil. It’s also one of the most expensive; however, a little drop goes a long way. Add 5 ml of tea tree oil per 250 ml of water and apply it to the affected area with a rag or spray bottle and let it air dry. Tea tree oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and can be found in most health food stores.
Once you’ve tackled the mould problem in your bathroom, you can help keep it from coming back by using your ventilation fan so your bathroom remains cool and dry even during your bath or shower.
Still, if you have areas of mould or mildew that are resisting all of your removal efforts and stubbornly returning at will, contact Kalamunda Plumbing Group today to rid your bathroom (or other areas of your home) of mould once and for all. Remember, mould isn’t just an eyesore, it’s a health hazard. And it’s one you don’t have to live with.