Natural solutions for dealing with and preventing bathroom mould
Mould, it loves our bathrooms - so how do we stop it and how do we get rid of it?
So what is mould and why does it grow in the bathroom?
Mould is a member of the fungi family and it is pretty much everywhere1. Mould loves damp and humid conditions and low levels of light which is why you’ll notice bathrooms and laundry rooms are often where it makes an appearance – but with the right conditions mould can grow pretty much anywhere1.
Reproducing by trillions of microscopic spores, it’s easy to see how quickly a small mould problem can get out of hand1.
Why is mould a problem?
Mould spores are airborne, and in small spaces (like the bathroom) impact our home’s indoor air quality. Mould is more likely to affect people with asthma, allergies or a respiratory condition as the spores are easily inhaled and associated with asthma attacks, watery/itchy eyes, respiratory infections, rashes and sinus problems1.
Mould you might find in your bathroom
Mould comes in many different colours, shapes and sizes, and some are more prone to taking over your bathroom than others.
Cladosporium is a black mould that thrives in damp, dark, nonporous environments – ie, your bathroom. It can be stubborn to get rid of and particularly pesky for those with allergies and asthma2.
There are many different species of Aspergillus, and it is often found in higher concentrations indoors, more frequently in bathrooms and kitchens3.
Penicillium is a blue/blue-green mould that produces penicillin. Although penicillin has many health benefits, the mould itself can be detrimental to your health4.
How do you know if I have mould?
Besides being able to see it, you might notice an earthy, or musty smell when you have mould, and that’s because mould produces gas when is grows5.
You may find you’re experiencing allergy-like symptoms in the bathroom, this could be associated with the presence of mould spores.
How to prevent bathroom mould
No one wants a mould problem so the first thing is to ensure that your bathroom conditions aren’t favourable to mould growth.
1. Open blinds and windows
Mould likes dark and damp conditions to grow, so open up your blinds and windows and let natural light and air circulate.
2. Reduce humidity
Mould loves high humidity – so you want to try and reduce humidity levels in your bathroom to around 60% or below. Some air conditioners allow you to control the humidity level, a natural alternative includes adding a dehumidifying plant, like a cactus, to your bathroom6.
3. Improve ventilation
Improve the ventilation in your bathroom by making sure you turn on your fan when running hot water, and/or keep a window open. Dust your fan regularly to ensure it’s working effectively.
4. Fix leaks
Unnoticed plumbing problems such as leaks or blockages can lead to a build-up of stagnant water in your bathroom – perfect for mould. Check for and fix leaks regularly to avoid mould and bigger plumbing problems later.
5. Clean-up condensation
After you take a shower, look around for areas in your bathroom where condensation has built up, like your shower screens and windows, and dry those areas to prevent moisture seeping into surfaces.
6. Tidy up your products
Having too many products in wet areas like the shower allow for the opportunity for moisture to collect. Organise and simplify your range of bathroom products to prevent this problem and for a relaxing bathroom space.
7. Wash towels regularly
The damp fibres of towels and bath mats are perfect for harbouring mould spores. Wash towels, bath mats and hand towels frequently and allow the window to allow towels to dry quickly after use.
8. Avoid harsh products
Avoid harsh chemical products, the fumes contribute to poor indoor air quality and their abrasive nature can damage your bathroom surfaces, making the surface more susceptible to mould growth6.
9. Clean regularly
Cleaning your bathroom regularly is key to preventing a mould problem. A chemical-free cleaning system like ENJO ensures your surfaces are protected, but the best part is, cleaning with ENJO is all about our tried and tested process - wet, wipe, dry. Using the super-absorbent ENJO Miracle to dry off your bathroom surfaces takes moisture out of the environment, making it difficult for mould to grow.
How to clean mould naturally
For serious mould problems, it might pay to organise a professional to safely remove any potentially dangerous or toxic mould – but for general maintenance and light-to-medium bathroom mould, ENJO’s Bathroom Bundle is your natural mould-cleaning solution.
The key to prevent mould growth is to keep your bathroom dry and well ventilated. Use your Bathroom Miracle to wipe dry the surface – this will prevent bacteria and mould from growing.
Not cleaned your bathroom with ENJO before?
There’s no denying cleaning without chemicals is different and it can take a little getting used to, but you could clean your whole bathroom (including mould) without harsh chemicals, and you could get the ENJO Bathroom Bundle for free* by holding a Demo. A great opportunity to see ENJO in action and support a local ENJO Business owner.