Getting Rid of Mould from Your BathroomMould - icky!

Up until a few years ago, I had used the shop bought chemical cleaners to get rid of mould in my bathroom.

I dreaded bathroom-cleaning day, because I knew that once again I’d be subjecting myself to eye watering, throat and nose burning, suffocating fumes in the effort to get rid of mould. Well, it got to the point where I thought “enough!!” – I had to find a better, healthier and cheaper way of killing mould. Here are a couple things I have tried, which have worked (and my lungs and bank account are both thanking me profusely!) Here are some great tips for getting rid of mould from your bathroom – naturally! You don’t have to use all of these products to get rid of mould in your bathroom – but these are some of the things that work!

Clove Oil

I was able to pick up a small bottle of water-soluble clove oil recently. It wasn’t the cheapest thing around, but I only needed to use the tiniest amount so it will probably last for a fair while. All I needed to do was spray some of it directly onto the mould, leave it for about 20-30 minutes then wipe off with a damp cloth. Not all the mould came off straight away, so I sprayed a little more on and left it – over the next 24 hours the mould had disappeared! You can make your own oil of cloves solution by mixing half a teaspoon of clove oil in a litre spray bottle of water.

via MomJunction
via MomJunction

 

Tea Tree Oil

If you don’t like the smell of clove oil (it is pretty strong!) or if you can’t find it in your local supermarket, then tea tree oil is probably your next best mould killer. All you need to do is put a few drops of tea tree oil into a spray bottle of white vinegar, spray directly onto the mould and leave it for 15 minutes then wipe off.

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Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar

via Crunchy Betty
via Crunchy Betty

This method will get rid of mould too, but requires a little more manual labour (i.e. scrubbing really hard!). Just mix 2 parts of bicarb with a one to one solution of white vinegar and water to make a paste and apply to mouldy areas around the bathroom (particularly the grout between the tiles). Use a damp cloth to scrub the area clean.

Just remember, that mould likes to grow in moist areas. Always ventilate your bathroom well – open a window, turn on the exhaust fan when showering (or if you don’t have one, install one!), and dry your surfaces regularly (wipe down your shower after use).

These are some great methods which won’t break the bank or your health, and you might even start to enjoy cleaning your bathroom….OK well, that’s a maybe.

What are your tox-free frugal cleaning tips?

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