Your bathroom tile is a moist paradise for the fungus that is mold and mildew. These pesky house guests love the combination of moisture, warmth, and built up soap residue it is the perfect place to rapidly grow not to mention here in the Seattle area where there is moisture in the air year round. Have no fear because mold and mildew can be kept at bay with a few easy homemade solutions and they are green so they are safe to use in the spaces your family and especially children bathe.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is a natural disinfectant and can be used as a surface cleaner spray and is great for spraying down the shower curtain after a shower. Simply grab a spray bottle and fill with one drop of tea tree oil to one cup of water. Shake the spray bottle up to get the oil and water well mixed and spray. The bottle will need to be shaken before each use as water and oil separate.
Vinegar, Borax, Castile Soap, Tea Tree Oil
Mix a solution of ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup castile soap, 1 teaspoon Borax, and 1 teaspoon tea tree oil in a spray bottle. For a fresh scent you can add a half drop of your favorite essential oil. This spray is great for hard surfaces such as tiles especially on shower walls.
Use hydrogen peroxide in place of harsh bleach to kill mold and mildew and sanitize surfaces. Mix together one part 3% hydrogen peroxide to two parts water in a spray bottle and use as an after shower spray.
Vinegar and Borax
For an all-purpose cleaner tough on mold and mildew yet safe enough to use in the kitchen as well as the bathroom mix together ½ cup of vinegar and a ½ cup of Borax in a spray bottle with water.
All of these solutions are great earth friendly and safe cleaning solutions to use in your bathroom to keep mold at bay. To ensure a true deep down clean it is a good idea to have yourtile professionally cleaned and sealed by a professional cleaner. A professional cleaning will have your tile and grout its deepest possible clean and looking new again.