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How to clean mold in showers/bathrooms

Mold growth in the bathroom is an all-too-common problem in the UK, thanks to our often damp climate. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also pose a health risk, particularly for those with allergies or respiratory issues. The good news is that getting rid of mold in your shower or bathroom doesn’t have to be a herculean task or require expensive treatments.

Identifying Mold

First things first: you’ll need to identify the areas affected by mold. This fungus typically thrives in damp, warm conditions and can be found lurking in the nooks and crannies of your bathroom, especially in grout lines, on tiles, and around the shower area. Mold comes in various colours – black, green, pink, or white. Black mold is the most common and the one you need to take immediate action against.

Gathering Supplies

For an effective clean-up, you’ll need the following:

  • Protective gloves
  • A mask (preferably an N95)
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • A scrubbing brush or old toothbrush
  • Microfibre cloths or paper towels

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

1. Ventilation

Before starting, ensure your bathroom is well-ventilated. Open windows and turn on the exhaust fan if you have one. This helps to reduce inhaling mold spores and also speeds up the drying process after cleaning.

2. Protective Gear

Put on your gloves and mask to avoid skin irritation and inhalation of mold spores.

3. Dry Scrubbing

Sometimes mold can be loosened with a little dry scrubbing. If the affected area is dry, gently scrub with a brush to loosen the mold.

4. Vinegar Application

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and liberally spray it onto the moldy areas. Allow it to sit for at least one hour. Vinegar is acidic and works effectively to kill up to 82% of mold species.

5. Baking Soda Paste

Make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply this paste onto the mold and let it sit for a few minutes. The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive and helps in mold removal.

6. Scrubbing

Use a brush or old toothbrush to scrub away the mold. You may have to apply a little elbow grease, but the mold should come off fairly easily after the vinegar and baking soda treatment.

7. Rinsing and Drying

Once all the mold is scrubbed away, rinse the area thoroughly with water. Use microfibre cloths or paper towels to dry the area completely. Remember, mold thrives in moisture!


To prevent future mold growth, consider the following:

  • Use a dehumidifier or exhaust fan to control humidity levels.
  • Squeegee the shower walls after each use to remove excess moisture.
  • Regularly clean the bathroom with mold-preventing cleaners.

Call for Professional Help

For larger mold issues that persist despite your best efforts, or if you’re dealing with toxic black mold, it’s advisable to seek professional help. Local plumbers in Oldham offer not just plumbing services but often deal with mold remediation as well. They can conduct a thorough inspection and offer long-term solutions for mold problems in your bathroom.


Bathroom mold is a common issue, especially in the damp climate of the UK. With some simple household items and a bit of effort, you can make your bathroom a mold-free zone. For more persistent or severe mold issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to experienced plumbers in Oldham for professional remediation.

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