There are different types of dampness that may affect your home and cause mould spores to thrive; condensation over the winter months being one of the main culprits. Condensation in the bathroom is very common and its lingering effects will help mould to grow very quickly – especially if you don’t air out the room every day with plenty of fresh air.
This article from the book Recipes For A Cleaner Life is all about how to prevent mould from launching an assault on one of the most important rooms in the house.
“We spend a lot of time wondering what to do about mould which grows in our bathrooms when it can be really easy to prevent it from growing in the first place. Next time you are in your bathroom look at ways you can ventilate it to stop a build-up of moisture and warmth which mould spore love. Here are some tips to reduce mould growth in your bathroom.”
Bathroom Mould Prevention Tips
Keep windows open as much as possible. Opening while having a
shower or bath and leaving them open allows much of the steam to escape.
Leave your bathroom door open so that the damp air can be exchanged with the rest of the air in the house.
Sunlight dries and airs, so let as much of it in as you can by opening windows and pulling back curtains and blinds.
After a shower, leave the shower door open to allow the shower to air out.
By all means get a dehumidifier, but please run it on a timer, not all day.
If you have heated towel rails, throwing your damp towel straight onto them just creates even more damp air. Wait until your bathroom has dried out before placing the on a heated towel rail. Better still, do what Nana did and take your towels out into the sun to dry.
Wipe down showers and walls after your shower. It’s really easy to remember to do if you leave a cloth hanging in the shower. You also have to clean the shower less.
Every week after cleaning the bathroom spray the walls, ceilings and around windows/in joins with Wendyl’s Mould Magic (on sale next week from 2nd May)
To make your own mould and mildew prevention spray try this recipe
This spray can help remove mould from bathrooms and outside on wooden decks too.
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of clove bud essential oil into 1 litre of water, put into a spray bottle and shake each time before using. All you have to do is spray on and leave for as long as possible. Repeat if necessary.
Thanks to Kelly Sikkema for the photo