Tiny bathrooms are particularly susceptible to mould triggered by condensation, but there are a number of ways that you can keep this unsightly and unhealthy blight at bay
As small bathrooms often only have small windows, or even no windows, condensation quickly builds up after a hot steamy shower or bath, creating the ideal climate for mould to grow. And, if the energy crisis means that you are putting your heating on less making it harder for the room to dry out, mould will find it even easier to grow.
Clean off mould naturally
Your first task, is to remove any mould that is growing around your bathroom. Those little black spores are prone to making themselves at home on tile grouting, bathroom walls and along sealant.
There are several toxic cleaning agents available that promise to clean away mould and keep it from returning, but for the sake of your household's health, it's better to use natural products for cleaning it away. Although they may require a little more elbow grease and effort to make up, they should work equally as well.
White vinegar is great for all sorts of cleaning tasks and it's particularly adept at tackling bathroom mould. Fill a clean spray bottle with white vinegar, spray on to the mould, leave it for about an hour to do its thing then wearing gloves, use a clean, damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the mould. A toothbrush can work well on grout. If you don't like the smell of vinegar, don't worry the aroma should disappear as soon as it dries, so you won't get left with a house smelling like a fish and chip shop.
Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda as it's called in America, is another great mould buster. Add one teaspoon of bicarb to half a litre of water in a clean spray bottle, seal it and shake until mixed, then spray on to the mould. Leave for an hour then, using gloves, wipe away with a damp cloth, sponge or toothbrush.
To supercharge your bicarb mould attack, put one teaspoon of bicarb in a spray bottle with 250ml of white vinegar and 250ml of water, shake it up and apply as before.
To leave your bathroom smelling really pleasant after going into battle against the mould, opt for teatree oil. This natural fungicide will wipe out those black spores in no time. Reach for a clean spray bottle once more, fill it with one teaspoon of teatree oil and 250ml of water and shake it up, spray onto the mould, leave for an hour and remove as before.
How to stop bathroom mould returning
Once you've rid a bathroom of mould, you want to stop it from returning. There are a number of steps you can take to stop mould from reoccurring. If you have a window in your bathroom, open it whilst your bathing and leave it open for while afterwards too. And make sure that it is fitted with a trickle air vent. If you're not shy, bathing with the bathroom door open will help as well.
After you have showered or bathed, use a bathroom squeegee to rid the walls and shower screens of as much water as possible.
If the mould problem is really serious, however, you might want to invest in a dehumidifier.
Finally, fill your bathroom with houseplants. They will help to absorb some of that excess water. Plants4Presents has a range of affordable houseplants in lovely containers.
Plants that thrive in moist conditions include snake plants, peace lilies and palms. Put them on the floor, the window sill, a shelf or hang them from the ceiling.