Your bathroom is the most susceptible place in your home to develop mold. It can also spread, causing damage to your bathroom’s aesthetic, as well as human health. Mold typically grows and spreads in environments where moisture and humidity are present, which is why bathrooms with bathtubs and showers are especially vulnerable to mold growth. Here are a few ways you can prevent the growth of mold in your bathrooms:

Use a Squeegee

After you’ve showered, the first thing you may think about is drying yourself off, drying your hair, and then heading off to get changed. However, did you know that drying your shower is equally as important to ensure that you do not allow toxic mold from growing? Use a squeegee to transport dormant water towards the drain. If you don’t have a squeegee, use your towel to ensure the walls and floors in your shower are as dry as possible. If you take baths, inspect the floor alongside the tub to see if any water spilled over and if so, use a towel to soak it up. Water that doesn’t escape through the drain will begin to seep into your shower tiles and caulking, which then provides a breeding ground for mold.

Thorough Routine Cleanings

Your bathroom is filled with millions of germs, and although not all these germs are going to be toxic, disinfecting can help ensure that mold and grout have no way to thrive inside of your bathroom. Focus primarily on the areas in your bathroom that are exposed to water and moisture (showers, sinks, toilets, the floor) and use an all-purpose cleaner to decontaminate the area. Upon the completion of your cleaning, you should dry surfaces immediately. Be sure to wash all fabrics that you use on a routine basis in your bathroom including surface rugs, bathmats, shower curtains and toilet seat covers. Ensure all fabrics are completely dry before reusing them or storing them away.

Reduce Condensation & Moisture

Condensation creates an environment where toxic bacteria can grow and spread, which can pose a health risk if left untreated. You can reduce the amount of condensation in your bathroom by cracking a window to allow fresh air in and by utilizing your bathroom’s exhaust fan. The switch for your exhaust fan is commonly located next to your light switch and helps remove moisture from the air by reducing steam usually created while taking hot showers. Dehumidifiers are a great investment to help remove excess moisture from your bathroom.

You can help prevent the growth of mold by using squeegees to help dry your showers after use, reducing moisture levels in your bathroom and by routinely cleaning your bathroom, not only will these methods help keep you from encountering dangerous toxins, but it will also help keep your bathroom’s aesthetic in good standing. Your bathroom is where you spend a good chunk of time while in your home, treat it with the utmost care & respect.