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Have you ever felt that bathroom mold is taking over your life? I know it can be overly dramatic, but if you’re in charge of keeping your house clean, there are few things that can be so annoying and seemingly uncontrollable. Bathroom mold is the mold found in the toilet bowl, around the shower, and around the bathroom sink. If you’re unluckier, you may find it migrating out of your shower tiles and onto your bathroom walls.

To control bathroom mold, you need to understand it. Most bathrooms don’t have much ventilation and can also be hot and humid. This is the environment that allows bathroom mold to flourish and continue to return week after week and sometimes even days after cleaning. When you step into the shower, you want to feel clean and when you’re surrounded by different colored bathroom mold, you can’t help but feel not only dirty but also frustrated.

The first step in preventing the constant growth of mold in the bathroom is to try to affect the bathroom environment that has made it the perfect breeding ground for mold. Dark, moist/humid, unventilated air is where you can start. You may not be able to completely avoid bathroom mold, but you can slow down so you don’t feel like you need to clean every day.

When it comes to the typical darkness of bathrooms, it is usually because there are no windows or the windows are small. Even if there is a window, there is usually some sort of decorated glass or film that blocks light for privacy reasons. You can’t have the bathroom light on all the time, but if you get the chance, you should leave the door open to let in light from other parts of the house. If you have a window, open it when the bathroom is not in use and when the weather permits.

Humid and humid air can be addressed by installing a fan to ventilate the air in the bathroom. Some people already have a fan but don’t use it. Be sure to let everyone in your home know that turning on the fan is an important part of using the bathroom when you shower.

Having a regular schedule to clean your bathroom forces you to use heavier products like bleach that are usually associated with cleaning a bathroom. There are alternatives to bleach cleaners that kill mold spores. Your choice may depend on how green you want your products to be. Harsh chemicals can definitely get the job done, but they may not be the best long-term approach. Natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda can also be used to kill mold spores and also deodorize the bathroom from the musty odor that can build up over time.

Proper maintenance of your bathroom will also help you control bathroom mold. If you look at many of the older bathrooms, they may have cracks and crevices in the whitewash surrounding the tub, sink, and toilet. Periodic re-caulking will remove those areas that allow mold to form in the bathroom. Fixing leaky faucets will decrease the amount of water in the fixtures which also increases the chances of mold growth.

Although avoiding bathroom mold is almost impossible, it is possible to control it so that it does not become a nuisance in your life. Bathroom mold is not only a cosmetic problem, but it can affect people’s health if it gets out of control. Use the strategies above to control bathroom mold.

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