How to clean pink mold

Pink or salmon-coloured mould can often be found lurking in the corners and crevices of bathtubs and sinks. Pink mould is an airborne bacterium that thrives in moist, warm climates. If left unattended, it grows and spreads, leaving an unsightly mess in your bathroom. Make your own cleaning solution at home, using supplies from your kitchen or grocery store, to remove pink mould and restore your bathroom's clean appearance.

Mix one part white vinegar and one part water in a bucket.

Apply the vinegar solution to the pink mould using a scrub brush you've dipped into the solution. Scrub hard, especially in corners and crevices. Continually dip the scrub brush in your bucket to get the maximum amount of cleaning solution on the pink mould.

Rinse with cool water and dry the surfaces with clean, absorbent towels.

Combine in a spray bottle 4 tbsp of boric acid powder with 1 cup of very hot water to combat stubborn pink mould stains. Mix the solution by shaking it.

Spray the boric acid solution on the pink mould and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.

Scrub with your scrub brush then reapply the boric acid solution and allow it to sit for another 5 minutes.

Rinse the boric acid solution away with plain water. Dry the clean surface with an absorbent towel.


When possible, use air vents and open windows after showering to remove mould-producing moisture from the air.


Pink mould grows quickly. Prevent its spread by tackling the mould at first sight.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Clean towels
  • Boric acid
  • Spray bottle
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.