No one likes a moldy toilet. With today's blog post, we show you how to get rid of a moldy toilet fast and easy. Read more to stop that moldy toilet today!
No one likes a moldy toilet! Not only is mold unsightly, but it can be a health threat if left untreated for too long. Black, orange, or green mold: clean it from your toilet with one of these methods!
Prepare For Getting Rid of A Moldy Toilet
Before you start cleaning, make sure that there is plenty of ventilation in your bathroom. Open windows, turn on the exhaust fan, and keep the door open. Ventilation helps reduce the chance that mold will grow, and it also disperses the smell of chemicals when cleaning the toilet.
Have cleaning gloves on hand as well as a ventilation mask and protective goggles if you plan to work with harsh chemicals.
Removing Mold with Bleach
Bleach is a powerful cleaner that will destroy mold, but as such, it needs to be handled with care. Be sure to wear gloves, eye protection, and a ventilation mask to avoid inhaling harmful chemicals. Should bleach get on clothing or skin, immediately follow the care instructions on the outside of the bleach label.
Note – do not ever mix bleach with any other chemicals as this can create a dangerous and harmful chemical reaction.
Bleach is also corrosive, so be careful that it doesn’t sit too long on metal.
Because bleach is so powerful, it needs to be diffused with water. Take a spray bottle, and fill 1/10 of the way full of bleach. Fill the rest with water. Spray this bleach/water mixture on your moldy toilet: inside the toilet bowl, and on effected areas of the toilet seat and lid. Scrub with a toilet brush, or other non abrasive material. Abrasive brushes, such as steal wool, can damage the finish of toilets, leading to an increase of mold in the future.
Once the mold has been scrubbed off, close the lid and let the bleach sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Next, flush the toilet, and wipe down the seat and lid with clean water.
For preventative maintenance, add 1 cup of bleach to the tank every two weeks.
Removing Mold with White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar works nearly as effectively as bleach, and is more environmentally friendly. However, be aware that white vinegar can also become corrosive, if left in contact with appliances for an extended amount of time.
Spray vinegar inside your moldy toilet bowl and over the effected areas of the seat and lid. Sprinkle on baking soda, and prepare for some fizzing! Let sit for about an hour with the lid closed.
Gently scrub the toilet with brush or other non abrasive materials. Flush and rinse bowl, lid and seat.
For preventative maintenance, add 1 cup of vinegar to the toilet tank once a week.
Cleaning A Moldy Toilet with Other Products
There are many products at the store that you can purchase to remove mold. However, many of these can be harmful to the environment. Additionally, over time, mold will build up a resistance to many of the materials, unlike with Bleach and Vinegar.
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