This Hack Gets Pesky Mold Out of Your Shower Grout

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Sometimes, cleaning gets away from us and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if your shower grout has begun to sprout some unsightly dark spots, it’s time to get to work.

The good news is that the mold growing in your grout can be removed with just two ingredients and a common kitchen item: bleach, baking soda, and cling wrap.

You’re likely not shocked by the mention of bleach and baking soda, but the cling wrap probably seems a bit out there, right? We promise it’s important.

To banish that grout mold, you first make a paste using 1/4 a cup of bleach and 3/4 a cup of baking soda. Then, using a tooth- or paintbrush, apply it to the areas of grout that have started to show mold. If you want a perfect and sturdy brush for the task, we love the OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brushes and used them extensively in our Spring Cleaning Challenge. You can use the brush to apply the paste and to give the grout a deep scrub later if need be.

OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brush Set

The angled neck and stiff bristles make these brushes so much nicer to use for cleaning than an old toothbrush.

Once applied, use the cling wrap to seal the solution in place and prevent it from drying out. See! We told you it would make sense.

Allow these areas to sit for about an hour. Then, raise a bit of the cling wrap and wipe away some of the paste to see if the mold comes off. If it does, you’re done! You can start wiping away the other areas and rinse with water.

If the mold isn’t coming off easily, spray a bit of bleach at the top of the cling wrap so it can seep down into the solution. Then, let it sit for another hour and try again.

Feel like you need something a bit stronger? There are some grout cleaners and tools you can try on those more stubborn spots.

[Via First for Women]

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