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How to Clean and Prevent Mildew

January 13th, 2012 Bed and Bath

Left unchecked, mildew can quickly develop in your bathroom. Your home is especially susceptible to the stuff in the warm summer months, when humidity helps facilitate growth. This is also why you see it so frequently in the bathroom - the space fills with warm, moist air when you take a shower. Not only can mildew cause unsavory odors to spring up, it may even discolor and damage whatever material it's growing on. It's important therefore to ensure that your home is kept clean and free of mildew. Luckily, with a bit of preventative care, you should have no problem preventing it from becoming an issue.

One of the best things you can do to head off mildew is to eliminate moisture in the air, according to the University of Missouri Extension. If you have a window in your bathroom, open it up to air out the space whenever you're finished taking a shower. It's also a good idea to bring out the soap and brush and give the entire shower a good scrubbing. This can help eliminate any small amounts of mildew that may have built up since the last cleaning.

While cleaning, the source recommends creating a solution of one cup of bleach and one gallon of water - this can help remove the musty odor that indicates the presence of mildew. Be sure to keep your doors and windows open while you work!

In a pinch, you can also use aerosol sprays to remove odors, but these may be little more than a temporary fix. Eventually, you're going to want to thoroughly clean out the bathroom.

As long as you're diligent about cleaning the bathroom regularly, you shouldn't have to deal with much mildew at all!