We often have a problem with mold/mildew growing on the grout in one of our bathrooms. The bathroom I am having a problem with does not have a window for natural light and the only ventilation is the small ceiling fan. Using bleach to control the problem is not my favorite choice. I dislike using harsh chemicals in our home. I wanted to find a natural solution to the problem. I have often used vinegar as a mild household cleanser. Vinegar can be used to clean soap scum from shower walls and bathtubs and it can also kill mold. I first cleaned the bathroom and tile wall with diluted bleach making sure to remove all signs of mold.mildew. Frankly, I was in a hurry that is why I used the bleach first. To prevent regrowth of any mold or mildew I sprayed the shower walls and tub twice a week with the recipe below. I have been successful in controlling the mildew and mold growing in the grout for three months now. I do believe if I was not in a hurry and would have sprayed down the shower walls daily for a week or two I would have probably had the same results.
Lavender Scented Bathroom Cleaner
1 spray bottle
Fill bottle half way with water.
Add vinegar until almost full.
Add 2 or 3 drops of Lavender essential oil.
(Lavender oil is a natural mildew killer that also removes mildew odor)
The vinegar scent evaporates very quickly. Leaving behind a light lavender scent.