Sometimes you can’t prevent it! Mold and mildew appear in most American bathrooms because the area is constantly warm and moist, creating the perfect environment for bacteria and fungi growth. There is nothing more disgusting than seeing mold in a place that is supposed to be hygienic, and it also poses a real health risk. Breathing mold spores is extremely risky for your respiratory tract because it can trigger asthma.
Silicone caulk is the most mold-prone area in your bathroom. Due to its ability to retain moisture, it attracts mold like a magnet. Removing and replacing old caulk can be a time-consuming task and the best option is to safely remove mold from it. Routine cleaning will prevent mildew growth, but it won’t stop it. Thus, as soon as you see the first mold spore, you should remove it as soon as possible because it will spread quickly.
➡ First step to remove mold from shower caulk
Mix 2 cups of warm water with half a cup of bleach in a spray bottle. Spray the solution over the moldy shower caulk with a generous amount of bleach. Let it work for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the mold after 15 minutes with a toothbrush or with a wet sponge.
➡ Second step: Use a green-cleaning agent: Vinegar, Lemon Juice, diluted Tea Tree Oil or diluted Hydrogen Peroxide:
🧽 You need:
- White vinegar, lemon juice, tea tree oil or hydrogen peroxide
- Toothbrush or spray bottle
- Dust mask
- Wet sponge
🧹 Cleaning process:
- Mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water, or mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water. Add the solution (of your choice) in a spray bottle.
- Soak an old toothbrush in white vinegar/ lemon juice.
- Put on a dust mask to protect yourself from mold spores. Spray the solution on the affected areas and scrub the moldy caulking with the toothbrush.
- Let the cleaning agent act on the caulk for one hour. Rinse with a wet sponge. This way, mold will be removed like magic.