After you have your tub or shower all clean and sparkling, okay maybe not sparkling but clean none the less, how do we keep it free from mold and mildew. In my house one shower sees at a minimum, four showers a day. That is a lot of moisture hanging around. Since our tub is older, we have mildew in our caulking around the seal, it is on our to-do list to repair. I hate mildew and mold! They are gross and just not good for us, but unfortunately they love moisture.
Occasionally I have the desire to reach for bleach or other conventional cleaners, due to mold but I resist. Conventional chemicals like chlorine bleach and ammonia may clean well, but they can also damage the nervous and respiratory systems (as noted in Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs, page 46). So what else can we do about it?
If you have mold or mildew in your bathroom, first scrub it with the baking soda/vinegar mixture we mentioned yesterday. Then follow with this daily spray.
Mold & Mildew Cleaner
In a spray bottle add 2 cups of vinegar, 1 cup of water and 20-25 drops of tea tree oil. Spray daily and let sit for a few minutes before wiping clean.
To help, try to use a squeegee to wipe the excess water off the walls. this will also help prevent build-up of mold and mildew. What about build-up on your shower head? Here is a very simply trick to help remove all the build up.
Shower Head Cleaner
Place your shower head into a small bucket or bowl facing down. Add 1/3 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Allow it to foam and work on the build up for about an hour or so. Rinse well with hot warm. Once you attach the shower head, allow the water to run for a minute or two to remove any remaining baking soda.
To read previous posts from the “Green Your Cleaning” Series, click here.
If you still use conventional cleaners why not give it a try! What do you ave to lose but the fumes and additional costs of the cleaning products? I would love to hear your experiences if you make the change to homemade cleaners!