Bathrooms require work. You use them for the most intimate and essential of duties, and so keeping them pristine and clean is a must. But sometimes, despite your best efforts, the slight smell of mildew arises and you realize damage control is in order. But where to begin?
As you might expect, the first thing you’ll need to do is find out where that yucky smell is coming from. If you’re lucky, you might find it’s simply coming from your towels. If that’s the case, soak them in all-fabric bleach for about 30 minutes, rinse them off and then run through the washing machine. But, if you spot the dreary discolored mildew spot in your tub, prepare to get your hands dirty.
You may have heard about using store-bought sprays or hydrogen peroxide or bleach, but what about vinegar and essential oils? They’re both safe and natural alternatives that are extremely effective at killing mildew.
To get the job done, you can either soak a sponge in vinegar or fill a spray bottle to soak the affected areas. Either way, let the solution sit for a few hours on the mildew, then scrub with a coarse sponge. Have an old toothbrush? That will work too!
Essentials oils are a wonderful way to get rid of yucky smells while using yummy smells! After the vinegar has soaked and the area has been scrubbed, you’ll want to take advantage of grapefruit seed extract, diluting it in a spray bottle with some water and spraying on the mildew to both tone down the smell of vinegar and also boost the vinegar’s ability to kill the mildew.
Tea tree oil is another essential oil you can use for its antifungal properties. And, instead of using vinegar, you can simply apply tea tree oil all on its own. Dilute it in water in a spray bottle, apply to the affected area, allow it to sit, then scrub away. It still has a strong smell, but it’s a much more appealing one than vinegar.