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Here’s How to Get Rid of Pink Mold in Your Shower

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There are a lot of gross things in your bathroom. It’s fine. It’s true about all of us. But no one wants to see unsightly pink mold somewhere. Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to banish.

All you’ll need to remove pink mold from your shower is bleach, baking soda, and dishwashing liquid.

If you’re wondering what causes pink mold, though, you should probably know it’s not mold at all. It’s likely one of two types of bacteria: Serratia marcescens or Aureobasidium pullulans. The bacteria produce a pigment—prodigiosin—that’s causing the visible pink to orange hue in your bathroom.

Thankfully, for most healthy people, the bacteria doesn’t pose any real harm, just don’t let it enter the body (i.e, don’t touch it and then touch your eyes or mouth).

So, how do you get rid of it?

You’ll want to don protective gear (glasses, gloves, and a mask) first. Then, turn on your bathroom’s ventilation system or exhaust fan. Max a mixture of 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Then, dip a nylon cleaning brush into the mixture and get to scrubbing at the highest point of growth, working your way down. Once you’ve scrubbed it all away, rinse with water.

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Get all that pink mold gone.

To thoroughly rid your bathroom of bacteria, you’ll also want to disinfect the area. In a spray bottle mix, half warm water and half bleach. Spray the area generously, allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes, and then scrub again. Rinse and dry the area, and you’re done.

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While removing the mold might take two rounds of scrubbing, you’ll have a perfectly spotless bathroom after.

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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