It's a problem we all come across from time to time. That horrible black mold that creeps along the grout between the bathroom tiles not only looks awful but can be harmful, causing serious breathing troubles and allergic reactions. A lot of folks rely on bleach to do the hard work of getting rid of the mold but in truth it doesn't remove it completely. While it does remove the discolouration from the grout or sealant, it doesn't kill the spores.
So let's pull out the Green Clean kit and see what we can do.
- 1 fresh spray bottle
- Rubber gloves
- 1 old toothbrush you'll never put near your mouth again!
- Scouring sponge (soft cloth for painted walls)
- Old towel
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
Let's get to work:
1. Put your ever so attractive rubber gloves on and fill your spray bottle with the vinegar. Do not dilute.
2. Spray the moldy areas with the vinegar until it's well covered and leave it to work for half an hour, longer if it's stubborn mold.
3. Using your fingers, paste baking soda over the mold and vinegar covered areas.
4. Spray the baking soda with a coat of vinegar. The soda should start to foam.
5. Brandish your old tooth brush, shout "Mold-be-gone!", and scrub the mixture into all the nooks and crannies. Scrub it some more with a scouring sponge if cleaning grout or sealant. (Give it some welly but be gentle on painted walls, you don't want to scrub the paint off! I would suggest swapping the scourer for a soft cloth like an old tea towel in this case.)
6. Rinse away the residues and dry down with an old, but clean and dry, towel. If you are using this on painted walls do not use water to rinse, simply remove the residue by drying down the wall with the towel.
If you have stubborn mold in the bathroom you may need to repeat this process. You could also try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to the vinegar if you don't like the vinegary smell. Tea tree is also known for it's mold killing properties.
Try this recipe out and let me know how it works for you.