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How to Prevent Mold in A Bathroom - Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Updated on September 20, 2012
A Bathtub
A Bathtub | Source

Mold is one of the big common problems in a bathroom, especially along the edges of bathtubs or shower stalls and in between the tile grout. It poses health problems, damages walls overtime and creates unpleasant sights. Consumers spend millions of dollars on cleaning products to get rid of mold and mildew. But without proper care, a nice and clean bathtub/shower soon would be invaded by mold again. All of those cleaning products contain certain types of chemicals and they are not good for your health and the environment either. Since mold and mildew can only form when there is moisture to support them, you can easily keep these resilient molds out of your bathroom if you keep it dry after you're done using it. The simplest way to do so is to keep an old towel handy in the bathroom and use it to wipe off any visible water. It only takes few minutes to do so. You also need to make sure that the air in the bathroom circulate by keeping your bathroom fan on or your bathroom window and door open.

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A Wet Bathtub.  Letting Water Sits Like This Will Create Mold.Removing Loose Hair in A BathtubWiping Off the Water on A Bathtub with A TowelWiping Off the Water on A Shower Door FrameWiping Off the Water on A Bathroom WallWiping Off the Water on A Shower Door Hang Up the Towel After Done Drying the Bathtub
A Wet Bathtub.  Letting Water Sits Like This Will Create Mold.
A Wet Bathtub. Letting Water Sits Like This Will Create Mold. | Source
Removing Loose Hair in A Bathtub
Removing Loose Hair in A Bathtub | Source
Wiping Off the Water on A Bathtub with A Towel
Wiping Off the Water on A Bathtub with A Towel | Source
Wiping Off the Water on A Shower Door Frame
Wiping Off the Water on A Shower Door Frame | Source
Wiping Off the Water on A Bathroom Wall
Wiping Off the Water on A Bathroom Wall | Source
Wiping Off the Water on A Shower Door
Wiping Off the Water on A Shower Door | Source
Hang Up the Towel After Done Drying the Bathtub
Hang Up the Towel After Done Drying the Bathtub | Source

Reduce the Moisture in the Bathroom

In order to prevent mold from forming in a bathtub, it is important to remove all the water that is left after a shower or bath. You don't want to see any water sitting in the typical mold nesting areas such as edges between bathtub and walls, the grout in between tiles. An old towel is a perfect tool to help absorb all the water from those areas. You don't have to wipe off the water every time someone in the family finishes taking a shower. We are a family of five and I usually wipe off the water after everyone is done taking a shower. As long as you don't let the water sit for longer than five hours, you shouldn't have a mold problem in your bathroom. Here are the steps that I do everyday to have a mold free bathroom:

  1. Move all the objects, such as soap and shampoo, out of the bathtub after everyone has done taking a show or bath;
  2. Remove all the loose hairs in the bathtub;
  3. Use an old towel to wipe off all the water, including water on the bathtub, wall and shower doors or curtains. Make sure that you focus more on grout and caulk areas;
  4. If your bathtub has curtains, make sure they are stretched across the rod;
  5. Keep the bathroom window open;
  6. And/Or keep the bathroom fan on. Make sure your bathroom fan works properly. If the bathroom fan doesn't works, use a portable fan until you have the bathroom fan fixed.
  7. Keep the bathroom door open;
  8. If mold forms on walls and ceilings, it is time to repaint your bathroom with acrylic latex base paint that resists mold and mildew growth.

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Water Stain on Tile Grout in A BathtubApplying Toothpaste on Tile GroutBrushing the Grout with Toothpaste to Remove the Water StainUsing Toothpaste to Help Remove Water StainRinsing Off the Toothpaste with WaterDrying the Bathtub Wall with A TowelThere Is No More Water Stain on Tile Grout
Water Stain on Tile Grout in A Bathtub
Water Stain on Tile Grout in A Bathtub | Source
Applying Toothpaste on Tile Grout
Applying Toothpaste on Tile Grout | Source
Brushing the Grout with Toothpaste to Remove the Water Stain
Brushing the Grout with Toothpaste to Remove the Water Stain | Source
Using Toothpaste to Help Remove Water Stain
Using Toothpaste to Help Remove Water Stain | Source
Rinsing Off the Toothpaste with Water
Rinsing Off the Toothpaste with Water | Source
Drying the Bathtub Wall with A Towel
Drying the Bathtub Wall with A Towel | Source
There Is No More Water Stain on Tile Grout
There Is No More Water Stain on Tile Grout | Source

Remove Water Stains on Grout

Although ideally the bathtub should be very clean and look like new for years if I keep wiping off the water everyday, I don't always have the time to do so. I do skip drying it once in awhile when I am too busy. Although that doesn't provide enough time for mold to form, the water does leave some stain in the grout over a period of time. I find that toothpaste works wonder on removing the water stain on grout. It is more environmental friendly than other cleaning products. I do the following steps once a year to remove water stain with toothpaste:

  1. Squeeze out some toothpaste onto the area that has water stain;
  2. Brush it like you would for your teeth;
  3. Rinse off the toothpaste with water;
  4. Dry it with a towel.

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Using Toothpaste to Remove Soap Scum from A BathtubUsing A Brush to Brush off Soap Scum from A BathtubA Dirty Brush After Removing the Soap Scum
Using Toothpaste to Remove Soap Scum from A Bathtub
Using Toothpaste to Remove Soap Scum from A Bathtub | Source
Using A Brush to Brush off Soap Scum from A Bathtub
Using A Brush to Brush off Soap Scum from A Bathtub | Source
A Dirty Brush After Removing the Soap Scum
A Dirty Brush After Removing the Soap Scum | Source

Removing Soap Scum in Bathtub

Although I only skipped a few times wiping off the water in my bathtub this year, soap scum has already made its mark on the bathtub. I had used cleaning products available on markets to remove soap scum before, but stopped using them after I found out that toothpaste could work the same. If you want to go with something that is more environmental friendly, you can just use toothpaste with the help of a toothbrush or a large brush depending on the size of the area that has soap scum buildup. Just make sure you rinse the toothpaste off and dry it with a towel afterward.

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      Lydia Zhao 

      6 years ago

      Good idea.

    • kittyjj profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      Marcy, I know you are one of those busy people. I hope you will find time soon to reclaim your clean bathroom. Thank you for the vote up!

    • kittyjj profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      nifwlseirff, maybe bring in a portable heater to the bathroom would help reduce the moist level in your bathroom and keep you warm at the same time during water.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      My bathroom needs a major rehab job, I'm afraid! I will try these tips, and if I finally get it redone, I will hold this information close to my heart!

      Voted up!

    • nifwlseirff profile image

      Kymberly Fergusson 

      6 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Toothpaste to scratch off soap scum - I hadn't thought of that! I do always wipe the water off the shower walls with a squeegee - makes cleaning so much easier.

      In winter, it can be a little too cold here to leave a window open (and I don't have a fan). With properly sealing windows, some houseplants, and minus temperatures outside, I find the mold grows extremely quickly on the silicon around the glass and window frames. Quite frustrating when one of those windows is a sky-light!

    • kittyjj profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you everyone for reading and commenting. I have saved quite a bit of money on buying bathroom cleaning products for recent years just by taking few minutes everyday to wipe off the water. Having a mold free bathroom is also good for your health as well as your family.

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      David 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Mold can be a terrible resident in our homes, good job discussing how to keep it under control. Cool tip on the toothpaste, I had no idea.

      Voted up and useful

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      Nettlemere 

      6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Really helpful tips and nice and straight forward to apply. A lot icer than having to use antifungal chemicals too.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is such a useful hub. We are about to tackle one of our bathrooms that has this as a recurring problem. We already do some of the things you suggest, but there's plenty of ideas here that are new to me and I will give them a go. Voted up and useful!

    • Robie Benve profile image

      Robie Benve 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Toothpaste to clean the shower, who would have thought? I'm going to try, thanks kittyjj!

      I wish I could be so diligent wiping off after all showers, our shower grout has always unwelcome spots!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I also am going to try the toothpaste idea. Thanks for sharing all these fantastic ideas. Going to vote up and share.

    • DreamerMeg profile image

      DreamerMeg 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Very good ideas and very true, about removing damp so the mould can't grow. I must try your toothpaste trick on the grout.

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