How to get rid of pink mold

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How to get rid of pink mold
Prevent pink mould with weekly shower washings. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you have pink mould in your shower, you're not alone. Pink mould, which is actually a bacterium, often rears its ugly head in your tile grout and around the seams of your shower. Just like mildew, this pale-coloured substance feasts on moisture, meaning you could find it wherever dampness is present in your home, including the sink and toilet. Pink mould also feeds off of shampoo residue. Removing the mould is typically easy; however, you must also take steps to keep it from coming back.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Bleach or white vinegar
  • Gloves
  • Washcloth
  • Scrub brush

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 gallon of water into a bucket. Add 1 cup of bleach and combine the two. For a less toxic option, mix together equal parts white vinegar and water.

  2. 2

    Put gloves on your hands and dip a washcloth into the mixture. Rub the pink mould with the soaked towel. Use a scrub brush for hard-to-reach places. Allow the mixture to soak into the mould for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Rinse the area clean with water. Perform the technique again if the pink mould is stubborn and still present.

  4. 4

    Clean your shower this way at least once a week to prevent the bacteria from returning. Additionally, dry the shower walls and floor after each use and run a dehumidifier if the moisture content in your home is high. Installing a fan inside your bathroom will help to reduce the humidity and moisture as well.

Tips and warnings

  • Open the windows while cleaning to prevent inhaling strong fumes.

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