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Monday, May 16, 2011

Tip #10 - controlling mold in the bathroom

This is what you should have in your bathroom to help control the amount of steam that builds up while you (or your kids) shower or bathe.

It helps vent out the extra moisture in the room - and most of us know that extra moisture can lead to mold. And I hate mold. I've shared my experience in this blog about the 2 1/2 months it took us to get the mold fixed in our previous house. (There's a great search box on this blog if you want to try to find any other info-and I have about 100 entries on here!)

Anyway, back to the bathroom. It's a great place for wet, slimy things to grow. Make sure you stop it in it's tracks by washing your shower curtain regularly. Ever felt a little slippery stuff on the shower curtain? Might be time to throw it in the wash.

We have another bathroom that has sliding shower doors, and they're hard to keep clean. My father-in-law uses a squeegee to clean the shower doors off after each use at his house. But we haven't convinced the teenagers that it's a good idea to do the same thing at our house.

The track that the shower doors slide along is a great place for water to sit, and mold to build up. Has anyone found a great way to keep those clean? We just jam a washcloth in the track with a butter knife and slide the washcloth back and forth until it comes out clean.

I'm sure there are some better ways, if you have any great ideas, let me know.

Until then, it's time to unhook the shower curtain and liner and throw them in the wash. My life is SO exciting!


  1. I thought this was a helpful link for cleaning the tracks on shower doors with vinegar:

    Also, scrubbing with an old toothbrush always works for me when cleaning in the bathroom-- it is small enough to fit in the hard to reach places.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a vent in my bathroom, so moisture builds up quickly. However, I do have a window and always make sure to have it open before taking a shower. That has helped reduce moisture(and mold!)

  2. Kellie-thank you! Now if I can just get the teenagers to actually clean the track like the instructions say. I also use an old toothbrush, I'm a little OCD and like to clean around the faucet.....
    I have to admit that we haven't installed a fan in our bathroom either (our house is over 50 years old) thanks for mentioning leaving a window open. I do the same thing and it really seems to help!

  3. The bathroom is one of the common places where molds grow because of moisture. They are extremely dangerous for people's health when exposed or breath-in. The best way to kill or remove a mold is to remove the moisture inside your bathroom. This is actually easy, but detecting where moisture is difficult. This is why it's (sometimes) important to have a professional to do the job. But if you insist of doing it yourself, make sure that you wear protective gloves and mask in order not to be exposed to it.
    Allen Hoffman

  4. It would be wise for you if you replace those sliding shower doors of yours with frameless glass shower door. However, if you want to stick with the one you have, then you should find where the moisture is coming from in order to prevent mold infestation. This usually happens from water leaks; check the pipes, and see if the tracks of your sliding doors have moisture for water might run underneath it.
    Katie Nicoll

    1. Hi Katie!

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's always hard to figure out where leaks are coming from. IT doesn't help that the bathroom is used by teenage boys. They're not the best at cleaning anyway. We've checked the shower carefully and can't find any leaks.

      It looks like the water is dripping off the boy's feet as they exit the shower. Then that is landing in the track.

      Now if I can just get them to clean it.....

  5. We used to have mold in our bathroom, and it was very frustrating to see it every day. It wasn’t easy to remove it on our own. We gave up and finally resorted to asking for professional help. Good thing we found a reliable professional mold technician. The next thing we know is that our bathroom was mold-free.

    -Diane Blackburn

    1. Diane, mold can be a pesky problem. So glad you figured out what to do with your bathroom!:)

  6. Mold attacks in the bathrooms lead to severe consequences. A mold-spread bathroom not only looks unsightly it’s even harmful for the health of your family. Mold causes severe respiratory problems and has been the cause of allergies in many cases. These strive on moisture and as bathrooms encounter frequent splashes, a mold attack is common here. Humidity is the most conducive environment for mold growth. So, you have to keep check on the damp dark corners in your bathroom. You have to count on your olfactory senses to detect mold attack in your bathroom. If there is a mold attack in the bathroom, your tiles will display a muddy appearance or get spongy. Muddy floors signify black mold attack in the bathroom. Get more tips at :

    1. Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, mold can cause serious problems. Thanks for the resource!

  7. Molds are multi-cellular (consist of more than one cell) filamentous fungi usually having a fuzzy or cottony soft appearance when they grow in areas in your homes. They may be white, dark or in any color. They produce spores usually asexually and in large numbers which means they arise and inherit from a single parent. Asexual reproduction is the primary form of reproduction for single-celled organisms such as bacteria and fungi. They are light, resistant to drying and can easily spread through the air and contaminate any areas.
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