Home remedies for removing mildew from showers

Mold and mildew can build up in bathroom showers and can cause potential health problems when inhaled in addition to looking unsightly and dirty. White vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol are among the best home remedies for cleaning the shower, while borax, bleach, and car wax are also effective in preventing and cleaning mildew and mould. Maintaining the cleanliness of the shower area is the best way of preventing mould and mildew build-up, and installing an air purifier in the home will help remove mould, mildew and other allergens.

White Vinegar

Among the most effective homemade cleaning sprays for bathroom showers are white vinegar and 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Spray areas affected with mould and mildew with vinegar until saturated, then follow with a thorough application of peroxide. Wipe clean with a sponge or damp cloth. Spray a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water all over the shower stall or tub to lift soap scum and mildew. Another effective mildew remover is a mixture of 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1/2 cup of borax diluted with 1/2 cup of warm water. Apply mixture with a spray bottle, then scrub the mildew away with a brush or sponge. Rinse with clean water.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda all around the shower when the shower surface is wet. The baking soda and water forms a paste that can be used to scrub away mould and mildew. Rinse the paste with a mixture of 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 1/3 cup water or 1/3 cup of vinegar and 1/3 cup of peroxide to further disinfect the shower. Scrub the mouldy or mildewed tile and tub basin with a mixture of 1/2 cup of baking soda and 2 to 3 tbsp of liquid Castile soap. Rinse with clean water.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Rubbing Alcohol

Clean mould rings in the shower with a cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide paste. Use about 1/2 cup of each or more to make the paste, depending on cleaning needs. Leave the paste on the ring(s) for an hour before scrubbing the area lightly. Rubbing alcohol also makes an excellent cleaner for glass shower doors and leaves ceramic tile shining. Use a mixture of 1 cup of alcohol, 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp of white vinegar on mildewed glass.

Other Methods

Car wax can be used to prevent build-up of soap scum and mildew in the shower. First, clean the shower area well. Apply car wax to the tile, ensuring that the slippery wax does not get on the shower floor. The wax will repel the water and prevent mildew. Spraying club soda on glass shower doors is another home remedy for making mildewed glass shine. Alternatively, make a mixture of equal parts bleach and water, spray it on the mildew, and allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping off with a damp sponge or cloth.

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Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.