Friday, February 11, 2011

Battling Shower Mold and Soap Scum

Our bathroom shower is so big that we don't need glass doors or a shower curtain. It's like stepping into a gym shower, a thousand 4 inch-tile squares that attract soap scum like a magnet and invites mold to grow like it's a hothouse. Keeping that shower clean is a chore, and although I've done the weekly swoosh, some deep cleaning was needed badly.

An entire squirt bottle of Comet Bathroom Cleaner, a scrub brush, a toothbrush, plus a lot of elbow grease went into cleaning my giant bathroom shower. I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed. I got dizzy, took a break to let the chemicals work, then went back and scrubbed some more. Finally, I took down the squirter part of the shower head and washed down the whole stall. All my effort was in vain. It looked like I hadn't even begun to clean.

Back to the drawing board! On went my little laptop, and I knew just where to go -! In the thrifty home section, after scanning past all the stinky bleach suggestions, I found what I was looking for!
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 2 cups hot water
Mix borax in very hot water (it doesn't completely dissolve), then add vinegar. Slosh this mixture in shower, then scrub scrub scrub! 

Holy cow!!! The stain on the shower floor is gone!  I made another small batch to get the bathtub, sinks, and toilet sparkling clean.  Finally, I made a paste of Borax and vinegar to spread on the more stubborn mold in the shower corners to soak in for a while, then scrubbed it off.

An advantage of vinegar over bleach is that vinegar leaves an invisible residue behind that kills mold and the Easter egg smell leaves when the solution evaporates.

There were a lot of things I wanted to get done today. Instead I played in the bathroom all afternoon.  I have come to the conclusion that we either need to replace all the tile or get the grout replaced.

I'll have David clean his bathroom.  I'm tired!

1 comment:

Allen Hoffman said...

Cleaning bathroom can be fun. But some of us only knew that cleaning is not enough to make the molds go away. Molds grow on moist, and some of them are actually hidden and quite difficult to locate. Some molds grow under the sink, around the pipes, and sometimes on the other side of the bathroom wall. This is why (sometimes) it's important to let the professional do the cleaning and removing job. By the way, it's really important to wear gloves and mask when cleaning a bathroom in order to be safe and not exposed to molds. They are actually dangerous to our health.