Banish bathroom grime & mould

Cleaning the bathroom is one of those chores that nobody likes doing, but has to be done regularly.

Failure to do so can lead to mould build-up, particularly in areas such as the shower, where the warm, wet conditions make it the perfect breeding ground. Unless you stay on top of cleaning you could be spending hours – and a lot of upper-body strength – scrubbing it away.

The trick is to tackle the problem in small sections methodically. Do this, and you’ll have a sparkling bathroom in no time. Here are my top tips for banishing grime and mould for good.

Glistening glass

Glass has a notorious reputation for being hard to keep clean, let alone free of streaks and smudges. One of my favourite household hacks to clean glass – and save on costly cleaning products – is to create a cleaning mix using vinegar and water. Spraying this onto your glass shower screen and mirrors and wiping away with a lint-free cloth will not only have your shower glass looking immaculate, it will also kill bacteria and any mould growing in the corners of your shower screen.

Tidy tiles and basins

Tiles are often where we see the most mould growing, particularly in the corners of showers where water may rarely dry. To reach these spots and get rid of really stubborn mould, dip an old toothbrush into the same vinegar solution and scrub clean, wiping away any leftover mould or vinegar with a cloth.

Basins are probably the most used section of our bathrooms, meaning grime can build up quickly. You may first start to notice it around the plug, and around the base of the taps. To tackle it, apply the same vinegar mix but leave it to soak in for an extra three to four minutes. This will loosen any nasty build-up and make removing mould a lot easier.

Delightful drains

An often neglected aspect when it come to cleaning the bathroom are the drains. But keeping them unblocked and clean is an essential part of having a healthy, mould free, and pleasant-smelling bathroom. Much like other areas of the bathroom, your basic kitchen products can really help here. Pour a handful of bicarb into the drain, followed by the same amount of white vinegar, and let it bubble away for 20 minutes. Wash it away with boiling hot water and repeat the process about four or five time in all drains in the bathroom.

Keeping drains unblocked and clean is an essential part of having a healthy, mould-free bathroom.

Everyday bathroom hacks

  • Keep a squeegee in your shower and give your shower surface a quick once over when you’ve finished showering. It will significantly cut down on cleaning time and prevent mould from starting to grow.
  • Keeping your bathroom well ventilated is also key to minimising the risk of mould growth. If your bathroom has a window, keep it open as often as possible. Alternatively, leaving your extractor fan on for about 20 minutes after showering really helps dry your bathroom out and prevents mould build-up from forming as quickly.
  • Adding a few plants to your bathroom can also help particularly damp bathrooms. Not only do they look great, but they can absorb some of the moisture in the air. Look for plants like aloe vera, bamboo and most tropical plants.
  • Calling in the professionals,  is also a great option when you feel like your mould situation is out of control. If you are unlikely to get rid of the mould yourself, the sooner you call in reinforcements the better, particularly for your and your family’s health.

*Realestate.com.au

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