Easy Shower Mold Solution

Aren’t imaginary friends wonderful? I loved mine growing up. Her name was Candy Dish. Creative, right? I have been told that I could describe her so vividly people thought she was real. I think they probably felt pretty foolish for believing a little girl really had a friend named Candy Dish. But, even after finding out she was a figment of my imagination, there were some who took pity on me and played along. On my birthday, there were presents for me, and some for Candy (she had the same birthday as I did). Candy loved them and so did I (the presents and the people). Miss Dish has not been around for a long while, but she showed up the other day to tell me about a problem she was having. She lives in an area that is very humid, and no matter how well she cleans her shower, she has a mold problem. She uses her grout brush with gusto, but to no avail. So sad:( She had seen my post Super, Simple Shower and Tub Cleaner , and wondered if I might have an idea that would help her with the mold she had collecting in sneaky pockets of her shower. And she thought it was GROSS!) Well, gratefully I had recently pinned a solution shared by Jessica at This Blessed Life and we decided to try it out. On her gross bathrooms. Not mine. Mine are not gross. Mine are pristine. Nice of her, I think, to expose her mess like this. I have always been able to count on her. Check out her before and after: This solution worked well with no elbow grease! No scrubbing! Just a trip to the beauty supply. That’s right, I said beauty supply. We picked up a bag of cotton beauty coil and a fine nozzle bottle. We filled the bottle with straight bleach Candy and I. Next we laid the cotton coil along the offending areas, and using the applicator tip of the bottle  to apply the bleach to the coil. We pressed the cotton lightly to really get into sneaky, stubborn spots and left it for a few hours. We were pleased to find that the coil will cling to any surface, even vertically. We could just tear off the amount needed, press it to the wall, saturate it, press again and we were good to go. When we came back an hour or so later and removed the coil, carefully placing it in a bag for safe disposal….voila! No more mold! A few tips from Candy – She was very careful so that bleach did not get on her clothes. She is also kind of prissy and used latex gloves so her hands would not smell like bleach for days. She also ventilated the area while waiting. And labeled her bottle. She didn’t want anything weird happening to her hair.

So if your imaginary friend has a problem with mold in his or her shower or tub, you can let them know Miss Dish was really happy with this method.

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Comments

  1. Omgoodness that is incredible!
    I wish there was something that easy to get rid of soap scum! Thanks for sharing! Sharing this on pinterest right now.

    • Thanks for sharing and glad you came by our site. The super, simple shower and tub cleaner works well on soap scum in the tub and in the shower. Give it a try! I am working on a perfect solution for glass shower doors. I am going to have the cleanest showers and tubs around. Or Candy is…Sherri (The Baby of the family)

    • ooooh but there is!!! The vinegar/dawn solution thats all over pinterest!! Spray with solution then water. soap scum is gone!!!

      • We have actually tested it. We put ours in a dishwashing wand and it works really well. It is one of my favorite tips. We call it the Miracle Wand. Glad you have found it works too!

      • Thanks for sharing this. I get sick and can’t breathe and break out in rashes from Bleach. This is a Great tip for those with Chemical Sensitivities.

    • for soap scum use. equal amounts of Blue Dawn dish soap . and white vinegar . Heat the vinegar in the microwave for 30 seconds . add to the dawn and spray on soap scum and shower doors. scrub and rinse. Works great.

  2. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    Awesome! Pinned it and will try it! Thanks for sharing at Cornerstone Confessions!

  3. I think I’m taking a trip to the beauty store after work today…

    • Jenna, You are going to love this. I ordered a whole box of cotton coil on Amazon after seeing how well it worked.

  4. Very helpful post. I hate those problem areas in the shower that never seem to dry and end up with disgusting stuff growing on it. Will have to try this! Thanks!

    • You are welcome. I think you will be happy with the results. There are just some spots we can’t reach!

  5. mlskidmore says:

    Brilliant! I am going to give this a try! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  6. love it!!! your friend must be so happy now :o)Thanks so much for taking the time to link up to the Tasteful Tuesday party @Nap-TimeCreations.com. Make sure to follow my blog via bloglovin, GFC or facebook so you don’t miss out on my features posts… it could be YOU :o)
    Emily

    • Emily, We always love linking with you. Thanks for coming by and commenting. You are on my Bloglovin list!

  7. I read your tip with some interest because I have never been successful in using only bleach to clean mold. I have always heard that bleach will not kill mold–only remove the color so that it LOOKS like it is gone but will return fairly quickly. So what I do is this: Since my shower is cleaned once a week, I use ammonia one week and then bleach the next (NEVER together as it emits a dangerous gas!). The ammonia actually kills the mold and the bleach removes the color. I never have mold anywhere now.

    • Ann, I live in a very humid area where fighting mold in bathrooms is a constant battle. Love the idea of rotating with ammonia. I have had less problems with mold since using the Super Simple Shower and Tub Cleaner. I think the vinegar works similarly to the ammonia. So easy to do while in the shower. Makes upkeep a breeze! Thanks so much for adding your experience to ours. We love the feeling of community we feel when we hear from followers like you. Awesome!

  8. Bleach does NOT kill mold spores, it simply bleaches the hairs of the mold, making it look like the mold is gone. Get a reliable mold killer and do this to insure the mold is really gone.

    • Getting rid of mold permanently is a real chore. Great idea to use this technique with other mold killing agents, Darla. Thanks for taking the time to share your comment.

    • As I noted earlier, bleach does indeed NOT kill mold. Ammonia will kill the mold so I alternate weekly cleaning the shower with bleach and then ammonia the next week–NEVER together as that emits a strong gas that is harmful. Ammonia is CHEAP so you don’t have to pay a lot of money to kill the mold. I haven’t had mold in my shower in years.

  9. I’m not going to lie, I almost didn’t pay attention to the point of this post because I was too busy enjoying reading it. It was hilarious! Candy must be thrilled to get rid of her mold! Thanks for the tip :)

  10. I don’t know if someone else commented this already, because there are so many comments. Too many to read. However, I think this is VERY important for you, and your readers to know. Bleach does NOT kill mold. Yes, it will bleach it, and you think it’s gone, but it’s not. The mold is still there, but bleached.

    Please, look it up. Don’t fool yourself that you have helped get rid of your mold problem.

    There is good news though, you CAN kill mold with vinegar. Vinegar won’t remove the stain of the mold, so you would still need to use bleach to get rid of the stain. Also, you can spray hydrogen peroxide on the mold, then vinegar, no rinsing, and after about 5 minutes, rinse them both away, and it will kill 99.9% of all bacteria, or something close to that. Google it if you are unsure. :)

    • Hi, Marlene. This works well for maintaining a clean looking shower. We have had various concerns and opinions about permanent mold removal. I am no expert there, and there is plenty of info out there for all to research and make a decision that is right for them. Thanks for taking the time to comment and make sure we are all well informed!

    • Rebecca Davis says:

      When my Mom was sick and living with us I cleaned like a mad woman constantly. I sprayed everything with Lysol, bleach/water combos, etc.. One of the hospice nurses told me that while many cleaners do kill 99.9% of all bacteria there is a reason they don’t kill .01%. The .01% bacteria they are referring to are spores and mold has spores. Mold must be scrubbed and then rinsed. Spores cling to surfaces and are likely to start back up if not scrubbed away.

  11. I came across this on Pinterest. As much as I loved getting the tip, I have to give you kiddos for the awesomely unique way you wrote this! It cracked me up and I learned something new 😉

  12. Magic erasers by Mr. Clean wipe away soap scum with a little water and a good wipe!.
    No chemicals necessary.

  13. This is what ive been looking for! Im gonna try asap! Thanks!

  14. I live in a small town and couldn’t find the cotton coil, so I ran a thread through the center of about 50 cotton balls (sounds time consuming, but it wasn’t) and it worked perfectly!

  15. Sandy Taylor says:

    I’m not going to complain because it works, but can you tell me why the vinegar needs to be heated before you add the Dawn?

    Thanks

    • Hi Sandy. Are you referring to Super Simple Shower and Tub Cleaner? I don’t heat the vinegar before putting it in. I hope that answers your question. Let me know!

  16. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers! I bring one in the shower every so often and wipe down the glass doors, tile, brass fixtures etc. It takes all the soap scum, mildew etc. right off. I wish I could figure out how to get the hard water gunk out of the rubber gasket at the bottom of the door though. Any ideas? Short of removing the door!

  17. Hi Sherri! I gotta tell ya…scrolling through my pinterest home page, I came across your story. From the very start you caught my attention, primarily due to your friend, Candy Dish. Hahahahahaha! I shared it with my husband and we couldn’t stop laughing!! How creative are you! I love good humor, creativity and laughing is my favorite thing! If you were a comedian, I would pay to go see you :) Thanks for sharing your awesome cleaning tip, but mostly, for giving my morning off to a great start.

    • Well you just returned the favor! It made my day to read that you enjoyed my post. If we lived in the same town we would go to lunch, just the three of us. Candy doesn’t eat lunch, but she loves dessert! She is a light eater, so whatever she can’t handle, I’ll just finish off. She and I have had a lot of good times. You would like her. But now you may not want to be my friend anymore, seeing that I am in my 40’s and still have a close relationship with my childhood friend. 😐 That girl is making me fat. Her eyes are always bigger than her stomach when it comes to dessert! At least she has a clean looking shower!

  18. Thanks! I’m going to try both to see which works better on my brother’s bath tub! They have rust in their tub & I’m willing to try anything! Just HATE the thought of the kids using that yucky bath tub! If you know of something better to get rid of the sulfer stained, rusty looking tub, I’m willing to try ANYTHING! Thanks

  19. You are welcome, Tami! This works really well on mold, not so sure about rust. I’ll be on the lookout! Good luck!

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