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Mildew help?

Asked by GD_Kimble (2265 points ) November 26th, 2007

My bathroom sits on the interior of my apartment and has no ventilation. Try as I may, I’m having a tough time keeping it mildew free. It’s not too bad, because I clean often, but there always seems to be a slight aroma of mildew that I can’t get rid of. Any ideas?

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kevbo's avatar

I read a tip about getting the mildew smell out of towels by washing them with a cup of white vinegar before washing them in the regular manner. Perhaps a spray bottle of (diluted) vinegar will do the job.

gailcalled's avatar

How about running a small dehumdifier? You really don’t want to be breathing mildew or mold spores, or eventually growing mushrooms. I run two (humidifiers, not mushrooms) in my finished basement…one near computer and one in laundry room, which is windowless. BBand B sells decent small ones, I think.

syz's avatar

Home Depot and Lowes also sell small dehumidifier gels – I don’t know how well they work or how long they last, but they might be convenient to set in the cabinets.

Charlie's avatar

Spray your bathroom with a watered down BLEACH in places that isn’t heavy with mildew and you can use an undiluted bleach were it is really heavy. Keep a fan handy and stay away from the fumes as much as you can. Leave it sit for an hour then spray it with “The Works” bathroom cleaner and scrub with a stiff brush as best you can without takeing the sealer off. The mildew will turn black when it is dead but there is nothing much you can do about that without replaceing the grout. But, the Bleach does kill the meldew so you are safe there. Just use it from time to time to keep it dead.
My business is called “Just Right Cleaning” thank you.

OdorZap's avatar

I vote for the dehumidifier to make sure the problem doesn’t get much worse… any time you have excess moisture in a house mold/mildew will grow. Small packets of anything will quickly be overwhelmed by the humidity in a bathroom so a dehumidifier seems to be the best option. If your apartment is otherwise dry or you can have windows open all of the time you might be able to get away with a floor fan to circulate the hot, humid air throughout the rest of your apt. The risk with that approach is that if there is too much humidity already in your apt you might get mold growing in other rooms as well. Can you install a ceiling fan to circulate the air?

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