Buildup happens – especially in the bathroom, due to high moisture. That's why its important to do a routine clean of the bathroom and other areas in your apartment that may see build up, such as windows.
We found a cost-effective home remedy to clean and remove the unwanted moisture buildup. Start by having a clean reused or unused spray bottle on hand to mix up the remedy as well as a toothbrush for getting to the tough and hard to clean spots.
- Vinegar + Tea Tree Oil: Start by combining distilled vinegar, a naturally antimicrobial substance, and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Give it a little shake and spray the mixture directly on the affected area. Let it sit (don't touch the area or try to scrub it away) for 30 minutes. The vinegar will kill the buildup with its acid, while tea tree oil is naturally anti-fungal and one of the best natural mold killers.
- Baking Soda: Take some baking soda and add it to slightly warm water in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well until the baking soda has dissolved. And then spray this mixture on top of the affected area. Let it dry on the buildup – so don't touch it for at least half an hour. In addition to killing mold, baking soda will absorb moisture to help keep it away.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: Finally, take some hydrogen peroxide, an anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial solution, and pour it into a glass. Dip a clean toothbrush into the peroxide and scrub the affected area with the toothbrush, rinsing and dipping the toothbrush as you go.
Take a clean microfiber cloth and wipe away any remaining buildup and cleaning liquid. Repeat this process as needed, until all has been removed.
While you are completing the task of cleaning your shower remember to keep the area ventilated. If you find the buildup keeps coming back after routine cleans, check with your building superintendent about further preventative steps.
TIP: Replace shower curtain liner every other month – believe it or not, these things are porous and can make a great home for unwanted buildup.