How Do I Clean Black Mold in Shower Silicone?

The silicone in your shower is a great spot for black mould to grow, because it is a pliable surface that holds moisture and is generally damp and dark. The amount of moisture along with the lack of air circulation in a shower can lead to the growth of these unhealthy mould spores. Cleaning and mould prevention are important to both the appearance of your shower silicone and the health of your family.

Killing Black Mold

To kill the mould on shower silicone, you can choose from several chemicals, such as bleach and ammonia, or you can choose an all-natural product that you can mix yourself. One option is to fill a spray bottle 2/3 full of white vinegar and add 2 tsp of baking soda. Allow the fizzing to die down before installing the sprayer top. Whichever product you use, simply spray the shower silicone and mould and allow the mixture to set for about an hour. This will kill the mould spores and keep them from continuing to grow and spread.

Removing Black Mold

Once you have given your chosen product time to kill the mould spores, you get the fun job of scrubbing the mould off your shower silicone. The best way to go about this is to use an old toothbrush and an old towel. Scrub all of the silicone and rinse it with very hot water. While mould thrives in warm, damp places, the heat will kill any spores that remain after scrubbing. Rinse your entire shower with very hot water and dry with a clean towel.

Black Mold Prevention

To keep mould from coming back, it is important that you don't provide a good growing environment. Simple things like drying the shower when you finish using it, spraying the shower walls with vinegar once a week, running a fan or dehumidifier in the bathroom and letting in lots of natural light will help to prevent the recurrence of black mould.

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