10 habits to keep your bathroom mold-free

You should control the moisture level in the room to prevent mold growth

The bathroom is the best place for mold growth because of its moist environment. The steady supply of moisture from steam and water left in showers and toilets, mold can grow fast and easily if you don’t take any preventive measures. Therefore, if you want to keep the room clean, healthy, and safe (preventing the collapse of walls and ceilings), you should be consistent in your cleaning and follow these easy tips to reduce the moisture level in the room.  

1. Open windows after the shower

If your bathroom has a window, you should open it up after a shower to allow fresh air and sunlight in. This can improve air circulation in the bathroom. 

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2. Always switch on the bathroom fan.

Other than opening up the bathroom windows, you can also switch on the bathroom fan and leave it running for at least half an hour after the shower. 


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3. Squeegee after every shower

Moisture from a shower or bath that sits on the walls of the shower or tub can lead to mold growth. The best way to prevent this from happening is to use a PVA Sponge, which is super absorbent, to wipe down the glass and tile after every shower to remove excess moisture. It holds 5 times its weight in liquid, water spills around the sink can be held up completely and drip-free. The water spills can be wrung out easily, the sponge is soft when wet, rigid when dry, preventing mold growth on it.


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4. Put your shower products on a soap dish or rack

If you leave your bottles of shampoo and body wash on a solid surface, water can be trapped under and behind the bottles easily. You may also wipe the water off from the bottles regularly to prevent mold growth.


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5. Hang your wash ray, loofah or sponge to dry

It gives chances for mold to grow if you leave your sponge on the shower surface. In a study published by the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, researchers discovered that all of the gross stuff you scrub off of your skin becomes entrapped in the nooks and crannies of the netting. The bacteria trapped in your bath sponge multiply and spread overnight.


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6. Keep the door or curtain open after each shower

If you have a shower with a door, leave the door open. This can allow air to circulate.

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7. Wash your shower curtain liner regularly

Shower curtains are prime targets for mildew that can make your curtain looks disgusting and smelly. You can simply wash the plastic shower curtain in the washing machine.

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8. Wash your towels frequently

The best way to prevent germs from growing on your bath towel is to let it dry completely between each use, and wash it frequently. You are advised to wash the bath towels after three uses. Regular laundry is sufficient to clean towels and remove germs.

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9. Wash bath mats regularly

Hand-washing the bath mat in the sink or in the washing machine once a week can lower the chance of mold growth. You may also buy a mildew-resistant bath mat that can handle excess water and prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. 


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10. Wipe up water whenever you see it

The ideal habitat is created every time you wash your face and hands in the sink. Molds are likely to grow in the toilet sink if we ignore the water spills around. Place a PVA Sponge in your bathroom, which is very absorbent, to wipe up standing water as often as possible, especially the counter if it gets wet from hand-washing. After wiping down the counter, squeeze the sponge to let the dirt out and rinse it by clean water. Hang it dry in a well-ventilated area after every use.

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