I love houses that have character, so many of the houses that I’ve lived in have been about 100 years old. While they have a great deal of aesthetic appeal they all come with one common problem. Mold. Since I have asthma, cleaners with bleach have never been a good option for me. Thankfully there are two natural products that kill mold very well and are also healthy for my respiratory system and my family’s health: white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
HOW TO CLEAN A SHOWER/TUB WITH NATURAL PRODUCTS
- In a spray bottle mix 50/50 white vinegar and water. (you can also use 50/50 3% hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle)
- Spray directly on the areas with mold.
- Wait 15 minutes
- Sprinkle baking soda over the area to be cleaned and then scrub down with a scrub brush or scouring pad. Or if you’d rather keep the cleaning mess more contained, sprinkle baking soda on a scrub brush or scouring pad and scrub down the shower/tub. (where to buy all natural scrub brush) Areas that you have sprayed with vinegar will bubble like a science experiment! So fun…
- Rinse with water. Once the vinegar has totally dried, the smell will disappear too!
HOW TO WHITEN GROUT
- After cleaning the area, let dry and then spray with 3% hydrogen peroxide (the stuff you have in your first aid kit).
- Let it sit for 5 minutes…it may bubble a bit.
- Scrub with a toothbrush. Hydrogen peroxide has bleaching abilities as well as disinfecting properties as I wrote about in my article about disinfecting.
- Experiment with adding different essential oils to vinegar/hydrogen peroxide solutions. This can boost the cleaning and sanitizing powers of your solutions. Lemon is a good option to bring a fresh scent and also aid in cleaning. Germ Fighter by Plant Therapy is also a good mix to help fight the spread of illnesses. (where to buy Plant Therapy Germ Fighter) (where to buy Plant Therapy Lemon)
- Since vinegar and hydrogen peroxide kill different types of mold sometimes hydrogen peroxide works better to kill mold than vinegar and vice versa. Give it a try to see which works better with the strains of mold you have in your house.
- Vinegar and baking soda together work better than hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to cut soap scum so I recommend trying that method first!
- Hydrogen peroxide breaks down if exposed to light. If you are using hydrogen peroxide/water in a non-opaque spray bottle, mix up just enough for that cleaning since it won’t stay good for long. The other option is to use an opaque spray bottle like this one.
How do you clean your shower? Share below!