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Keep Mildew at Bay

The best way to fight mildew is to prevent it. And the most effective method of prevention is to deny mildew what it craves: moisture. In the bathroom, start by turning on the exhaust fan to eliminate excess dampness. Then take the following precautions.

1. Damp towels smell musty when they are bunched and can't dry quickly. Spread them out over two hooks to dry, or hang from rods or drying racks.

2. Install a shelf to hold essentials such as shampoo. Don't keep too many containers in the shower -- the fewer there are, the easier it is to clean around them and keep the area free of soap buildup.

3. A rustproof wire basket allows air to circulate among the items within, and keeps the accumulation of moisture to a minimum.

4. Shower curtains should dry quickly and launder easily, because mildew also feeds on soap residue; a homemade curtain of ripstop nylon works well. Curtains and plastic liners can be cleaned with laundry detergent in the washing machine, on the gentle cycle.

5. Caulking between tiles may support mildew growth if the water is allowed to puddle on it. Each day, use a spare towel or squeegee to wipe off excess moisture after the last shower.


Comments (9)

  • PurpleLily 22 Mar, 2010

    I use a shammy type of towel that I keep on a hook near the tub. I dry the walls and shower curtain after each shower. I never have to clean mold or mildew. I clean occasionally for germs that I can't see. The shammy dries quickly and a lot easier to toss it in the wash than an entire shower curtain.

  • dawn50 19 Mar, 2010

    I need to paint my bathroom ceiling and it has alot of mold on it, suggestions??????????

  • Ardgg 12 May, 2009

    this is a test. I have written a post 3 times but it will not show up

  • roseredgolfer 13 Mar, 2009

    We recently moved to Florida from Colorado and have to deal with mildew. What is a good product/process to keep mold and mildew off the aluminum frame around the shower door. Also, how can I get the shine back on the aluminum frame and chrome fixtures.

  • westtennessee 15 Jan, 2009

    Where can I buy the hotel liners?

  • joaniebolongy 10 Jan, 2009

    Iquit buying the plastic and buy the hotel liners

  • thespicychef 27 Dec, 2008

    I have a plastic liner myself. I simply launder the liner alone in the washer with very warm water. And it comes out clean. If you are still finding mildew on the liner even after it's been cleaned, as cheap as they are I would just replace it. By the time you've spent all the time, water and cleaners trying to get it clean, you could have bought a new one.

  • SandyJB 5 Dec, 2008

    I have a bottle of vinegar and water that I use on my glass in the shower. It was the only thing I could find that actually worked. Besides it's natural, cleans mirrors without streaks and gets the scum off of the tiles really well. I've convinced my husband to finally use a squeegee after each shower and I swear it has cut my cleaning time in half!

  • at0micgirl 25 Nov, 2008

    But what do you do when you've done all these things, and still get mildew growing up the linen shower curtain? We've washed it several times, trying different things like Simple Clean, etc, but no luck! Should we try ammonia? hydrogen peroxide? We used to have a plastic curtain, but the soapscum on that was even harder to deal with. Thanks for any ideas!