How to clean moldy shower curtain without bleach

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So often people use their showers and then forget about them, because of lack of time, but it is important to keep on top of these mould breeding grounds because they remain moist for long periods. You will, of course, want to tackle cleaning the rest of your shower, including the grout, to ensure it is clear of mould, but this article will focus on cleaning mould from a shower curtain. Since the shower curtain’s bottom has a tendency to sit in water, that is where you will most likely see mould growth. Dr Karen, the author of Dr Karen S. Lee Wholistic Vitality website, has some easy tips for cleaning mould from a shower curtain without using toxic cleaners. Even though she knows that the best thing to do after each shower would be to dry all areas of the shower to inhibit mould growth, that isn’t always a possibility and limits of time get in the way. Luckily, her method for cleaning mould from a shower curtain is easy enough that it can be done a few times a year when you see some mould start growing on it.

To get rid of mould in the home, one has to understand what kills mold as well. Mould is a type of fungus, of which there are several varieties, which enjoys dark, damp environments. In large quantities, mould can be very dangerous to humans, affecting the respiratory system and causing allergies. As a result, it is crucial to keep on top of killing mould in your bathroom and shower as often as possible. Although bleach is a common cleaning solution, Dr Karen insists that it doesn’t work, and even if it did, would rather not use it due to its toxic nature. Instead, she enlists the help of non toxic cleaners, like natural detergent, natural baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to get the job done. The most important thing in cleaning mould is to use something that is antibacterial to get rid of the fungus. Baking soda and water have been a classic cleaning solution in safety and environmentally conscious people for awhile now, but the added heft of hydrogen peroxide and super hot water help kill the mould completely. Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound which is highly effective as a disinfectant. Although it is a chemical, it is relatively safe in the form it is sold in drug stores. For Dr Karen’s exact cleaning method and cleaning mixture, visit her website, where she explains more about mould and the importance of getting rid of it.

Although bathroom cleaning hacks like Dr Karen’s will help get rid of mould once it's there, the best thing would be to employ strategies for mould prevention in the first place. One of the best ways to do this would be to keep all areas in your home dry or if an area does get wet, dry it quickly. In the case of your shower, wiping it down with a towel after each use will be a tremendous help in preventing the growth of mould and will take only a minute to do. You should be able to wipe the shower curtain easily as well to dry it off. Proper ventilation in the home will prevent mould growth too, as mould likes hot, humid environments and still air. Using a dehumidifier in suspect areas of your home will also help to reduce humidity in the home. Thank you to Dr Karen, the author of Dr Karen S. Lee Wholistic Vitality website, for sharing her instructions for cleaning a mouldy shower curtain without bleach.

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