In the cleaning aisle of most any store are dozens of products that claim to be the best at killing and removing mould from bathroom surfaces. Each product probably has similar results, making the choice all the more difficult. How the products work may make the difference in what product to choose. Some are quick and easy but use harsh chemicals, while other products are more environmentally friendly.
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Traditional Shower Cleaners
Many well-known companies have been making bathroom cleaners that are designed to kill and remove mould for decades. These are products that are formulated to remove, kill and/or prevent mould growth in bathrooms quickly and with little effort. Tilex, Lysol and Scrubbing Bubbles are some of the commonly known brands that make mould cleaners for the bathroom. Tilex's Mold and Mildew cleaner uses a mix of detergent and bleach to remove the colour of and kill the mould. Lysol Mildew Remover also contains bleach and kills mould. Both of these products contain warnings about the noxious fumes that are produced when used. Both products state on the label that "if the vapours bother you, leave the room." Another common brand, Scrubbing Bubbles, makes the Automatic Shower Cleaner. The Automatic Shower Cleaner is placed in the shower and with the push of a button once a day, the device sprays a cleaner that cleans for you, no scrubbing or rinsing needed. This shower cleaner has a "clean, fresh scent" and a "formula (that) is less harsh than other shower cleaners."
Environmentally Friendly Products
Consumer demand and interest has lead to the development of more natural, less toxic environmentally friendly bathroom cleaners to come onto the market. These products are now as easy to find as the traditional shower cleaners. Method and Seventh Generation brand cleaners can be found in many local retail stores. Method makes Tub n' Tile Bathroom Cleaner, which kills mould and is biodegradable. Seventh Generation makes Natural Shower Cleaner, which uses a formula made of hydrogen peroxide and plant-based ingredients to clean and remove mould in the bathroom. Another, less known product that can be found at online retailers is Safe Shield. This product claims to kill the mould on contact at the DNA level and at the same time apply a shield to prevent future mould growth.
Do it Yourself Mold Cleaner
There are also several homemade recipes for cleaning and killing mould in the bathroom. One involves mixing 1 cup of bleach into 1 gallon of water to scrub the surface with. Vinegar can also be used full strength, or mixed with water in equal parts to scrub the area. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends a solution of detergent and water be used to scrub away mould.
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