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A neighbor told me why I have mold and fungus in the bathroom - I managed to solve the problem for 26 rubles

I first encountered mold and fungus in the bathroom a year ago. Just at that time, the builders completed everything that was supposed to, assembled their tools and hastily retreated, leaving me alone with a fresh repair. However, as you already guessed, he was destined to stay fresh not long and not everywhere - after a few months strange dark spots appeared in the bathroom.

Mold in the bathroom

The war on mold, stage 1 - storming the invader by folk methods

The territory occupied by the fungus, not only loses its aesthetics, but also becomes dangerous to health. Disputes, in huge quantities in the air, enter the lungs, then into the bloodstream, after which they are carried throughout the body and settle in all organs, including the brain. An infected person suffers from impaired memory, dizziness, lack of vitality. Sometimes the fungus causes asthma and, according to the latest scientific data, it causes a number of oncological diseases.

In general, it was clear that the situation could not be left to chance. The very first evening, I, waving a virtual flag with the inscription "SOS", went to the forum of housewives mothers, where they advised me about a dozen folk ways to deal with mold.

Vinegar against mold in the bathroom


To defeat the invader, it was necessary to take table vinegar of 9% concentration, pour it into a bottle with a sprayer and generously process all the surfaces where the fungus settled. After a few hours, wash these areas with a normal cleaning agent. But for the sake of fidelity, I also walked at the seams with a cotton swab dipped in vinegar.

The result, to put it mildly, did not please. There was less mold, but she clearly did not plan to lose ground.

Grated laundry soap

Laundry soap

A week later, making sure that the black coating did not disappear anywhere, I set about implementing an alternative:

  1. I used a usual kitchen grater to cut a piece of 72% laundry soap.
  2. Pour the resulting cereal with a liter of hot water and leave it for 20 minutes to dissolve everything. To speed up the process, periodically stir with a wooden stick.
  3. A part of the ready-made solution was used to wash off traces of mold - after 20 minutes of active friction of the seams with a washcloth for dishes, the amount of dark plaque significantly decreased. The surface was moistened with the remnants of soapy liquid, which became almost clean, and since it was already late in the afternoon, it left the bathroom in this condition until morning. As it turned out later, the second step was superfluous - the overall picture did not noticeably change.

Laundry soap was able to slightly pacify the fungus on the walls and on the bathroom floor, but it was still far from a complete victory over the enemy.

Hydrogen peroxide versus fungus in the bathroom

Hydrogen peroxide

Then I had an emergency at work, which lasted almost a month. To devote time to some mold when he and his beloved is not enough for himself is blasphemy, so I did not take any measures. However, then still I had to remember the danger of the fungus and move on to the third method.

Having packed in the pharmacy with three bottles with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide, I again armed myself with a sprayer and, without regret, processed all the places where moldy bloom had grown. The peroxide hissed and foamed - it seemed that it was going to scare the fungus, and not burn it with the power of the oxygen-reduction reaction.

However, the mold gradually began to fade. This happened literally before our eyes, so I added another portion of peroxide to the tile joints. And - lo and behold! - an hour or a half later the bathroom was unrecognizable.In some places there were still dark traces (for example, at the junction between the wall and the side), but in general, the result pleased. To fix it and "finish off" the fungus, I repeated the treatment twice with an interval of one day.

In this war with the spore-bearing enemy could be considered over. However, in a state of euphoria, I managed to stay a little more than three months. During this time, the mold managed to get bored and returned, now occupying also part of the ceiling.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice

One day I started cleaning in the refrigerator and found there a bag of lemons that had already begun to deteriorate. Immediately I recalled another tip from the forum - the girl said that the juice of these citruses kills mold and fungus in the bathroom for one or two. It was hard to believe, but why not try it?

I didn’t have a special juicer, so I had to use a method checked by the culinary specialists - roll lemons on the table, turning their insides into porridge, and then cut in half and squeeze by hand. Having obtained in this way a whole glass of juice, I sprayed it in those places where the plaque was freely located.

Either my lemons were wrong, or the mold turned out to be a lover of sour, but the result was not pleased even after repeated application of the juice and a whole day of waiting. Fungal spots only slightly brightened.

Poor ventilation in the bathroom

Break in hostilities and visit of neighbors

One of the days, the neighbors also started repairs and decided to change water pipes, and therefore they came to me to discuss this issue. At the same time, they asked me to look at the bathroom to decide where and how to make joints.

Naturally, the mold, which by that time had become almost dear to me, did not escape their gaze. As it turned out, once the neighbors faced a similar problem and searched for a solution for a long time. Chemicals gave a short-term effect - the fungus returned every time.

As a result, after shoveling tons of literature, the neighbors found out that the cause of the appearance of mold raid is:

  • high level of humidity, which is constantly maintained;
  • lack of good ventilation (this problem is often found in old houses);
  • the use of building materials that contain no fungicides - substances that do not allow the fungus to settle on the surface and germinate.

The neighbors did not have money for a full-scale repair of the bathroom, so they went the least expensive way - they installed a forced exhaust hood so that the moist air did not linger in the bathroom, but immediately went into the ventilation pipe. And since at the same time they had another family member - a cat - they made a mini-laz specially for him at the door. This hole had to perform two functions at once - to provide the animal with round-the-clock access to the tray and guarantee constant air exchange.

Hole the door, especially in the absence of pets, was not included in my plans, but I liked the idea with an exhaust fan. But there was one more nuance - I used the bathroom not only for showering, but also for drying clothes. In order to prevent the hanging laundry from becoming a source of moisture, I had to buy a tumble dryer. It was costly, but as it turned out later, the acquisition was fully justified.

Removing fungus in the bathroom with a special tool

Mold War Stage 2 - Professional Attack on the Enemy

After installing the fan and dryer, there was one unresolved problem - the same plaque on the seams between the tiles. I did not want to wait until he disappears on his own, having failed to adapt to the new climatic conditions. To continue a series of experiments with folk remedies - too, although soda, boric acid and tea tree oil still remained on the list.

I had to go to the same neighbors for a consultation.True, they could not remember the name of the remedy that they themselves used, but they assured me that in any hardware store there is a huge selection of anti-mold drugs.

And indeed - on the shelf were five or six bottles of different colors, volumes and prices. By the way, the sums on the price tags started from 250 rubles and were aimed at a cloudless height.

I was not used to buying household chemicals at random, so I set about studying labels. Surprisingly, but in the composition of these funds were:

  • sodium hypochlorite (in different quantities, but everywhere less than 5%);
  • nonionic surfactants;
  • flavorings (by the way, they were present in only two samples).

Mold remover
And what happens? Need to pay so much money for a mixture of tap water, bleach and soap? Placing the bottles back on the display, I went for other goods - Belizna (it cost only 16 rubles per liter of a 3% solution) and laundry soap (the cheapest cost 10 rubles). Total 26 rubles against 250 - almost ten times the savings!

At home, they chopped soap and diluted it with water to a state of thick sour cream. I poured White into the sprayer, sent some soap to it and shook it. The resulting solution sprayed all the places where the fungus was visible. After another half an hour, I wet the washcloth and thoroughly washed the seams with it. The window in the kitchen and at the same time the front door had to be opened so that the pungent smell disappears faster, but fortunately there was no limit - the mold disappeared. Absolutely. I hope forever.

Removing mold in the bathroom

Now I periodically add bleach to the water, which is my tile in the bathroom. Just like that, for prevention. Perhaps these are unnecessary gestures, but purity is not excessive.

I would be glad if my experience helps someone to destroy mold in the bathroom without wasting time and money pointlessly. And besides, he knows other ways - effective and personally verified - please share your story about the fight against fungus.

Author: Zhanna Tsvetkova

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  1. Marina
    08/17/2019 at 11:51 Reply

    In the post-war period, when there was no variety of chemistry, my mother always used bleach, (then there wasn’t even White) laundry soap, hydrogen peroxide, soda ash and vinegar. Depending on what place it was necessary to sanitize.
    Toilet, bleaching, floors washed and boiled with chlorine. They erased everything on the boards with household soap, and rinsed the laundry with the addition of vinegar, and ironed everything, because they were afraid of infections, which were enough after the war. The fungus was fought with liquid glass or clerical glue. I don’t remember the recipe, but the names engraved in my memory.
    When the American friend Dilek came to me, she discovered White in the store, bleached a white blouse and was delighted with the effect and price of the product, flying to the USA, bought three bottles of our cheap White!

  2. Lydia
    08/17/2019 at 13:20 Reply

    A long article, but no answer, but the answer is one, underfloor heating and you don’t have to wipe anything and lemon is better in tea

    • Elena
      08/20/2019 at 07:48

      You don’t even have to suffer, ordinary whiteness helps best. Two treatments and for two years now there are no spots.

    • Gregory
      08/24/2019 at 13:43

      Not sure if lemon has a place in tea ..

  3. Raisa
    08/17/2019 at 14:51 Reply

    Thanks to the author for the advice. I had experience. The neighbors from above flooded my apartment with boiling water from the batteries. Wallpaper disappeared, the carpet floated. And the worst was ahead. Mold of all colors from yellow to black covered all the walls. Horrible smell! Saved the apartment WHITE! Makala ordinary paint brush in white and soap the walls! And the mold is gone! By the way, why is there a spray!

    • Vladimir
      08/17/2019 at 16:28

      Domestos helps well

  4. Peter
    08/17/2019 at 17:19 Reply

    article shit! and whiteness! helps

  5. a guest
    08/17/2019 at 17:17 Reply

    White - the composition is the same as sodium hypochlorite, not chlorine (ka) .. from ancient recipes on the walls - copper sulfate. (Pillars for fences, correctly treated with vitriol, do not rot for many years)

  6. Marina
    08/17/2019 at 19:02 Reply

    There is an even simpler way, ordinary whiteness for 18 rubles. Take a sponge soaking it and apply to damaged places, immediately see an excellent result

  7. Sveta
    08/17/2019 at 19:14 Reply

    I removed the grilles from the ventilation and there is no mold

    • BUT
      08/19/2019 at 14:29

      class, and the problem is solved, otherwise they come up with vinegar, soap, etc.

  8. Larisa
    08/17/2019 at 20:06 Reply

    My mother also had a constant war with mold in the kitchen and in the bathroom, she was saved only by whiteness. Even the soap did not add. Washed walls and ceilings. On a removable wall, I also washed white in the bathroom with mold. Now I have made a forced extract in my own way, well, I periodically wash my walls in the bathroom.

  9. Sergey
    08/18/2019 at 11:02 Reply

    Good advice! I remember that in Soviet times, in public baths, the floors were washed with kerosene, and there was no fungus in them. Kerosene is sold in hardware stores.

  10. Igor
    08/18/2019 at 20:54 Reply

    For 250 rubles, bleach is unlikely to work. It should be taken for 500 and above. Means for removing mold "Duf" personally tried. You spray and mold, the blackest, disappears before your eyes, looks like a miracle. There is no need to rub anything, the ceiling turns white, as if painted again. Removes moss on marble, on the facades. All the greens just disappears and that’s it. Then follow and as soon as black dots appear, immediately process. The high cost of the drug is relative - enough for a long time, especially in the bathroom. 5 years or more.
    How much peroxide and whiteness with soap will we spend during this time?

  11. Ivan Tan
    08/18/2019 at 23:19 Reply

    I’ll add a little from myself.
    Fungus and mold are still afraid of ultraviolet radiation (sun, UV lamps) and ozone (ozonizers, Chizhevsky's chandelier). Also do not like soda and Chlorhexidine (sold in pharmacies).

  12. Le
    08/19/2019 at 10:25 Reply

    Domestos for a toilet bowl is even more powerful, the result is almost immediately visible and lasts longer, although after such treatment it would be nice to use mold warning agents as well, they are sold in the building store, there the suspension is odorless, it is applied to a dry surface and allowed to dry, there will be no mold for six months. And after bleaching, it usually appears after a month.

  13. Svetlana
    08/19/2019 at 11:45 Reply

    I simply inserted a spray bottle into the white bottle and sprayed onto the mold. The spots disappeared right before our eyes in a matter of seconds.

  14. BUT
    08/19/2019 at 14:02 Reply

    Your hood doesn’t work, that’s the problem with mold ..

  15. Olga
    08/19/2019 at 14:11 Reply

    Treat the fungus and mold on the walls with ammonia 3 times at intervals of 24 hours (work with the windows open!)

  16. Natalya
    08/20/2019 at 19:22 Reply

    Thank you for the article. It is very useful to me. We have a good extract in the bath. and spots appeared. I tried all the tools described in the article. Now try the whiteness.

  17. Yuri
    08/20/2019 at 22:23 Reply

    Voooot. Only whiteness stopped mold in our bathroom. Everything else is vanity.

    • Yuri
      08/26/2019 at 15:07

      Yes. And with us too.

  18. Toma
    08/21/2019 at 05:29 Reply

    and if the pipe with cold water (riser) is constantly covered with black mold due to condensation? what will help

    • Vitaliy
      08/21/2019 at 13:25

      Wrap it in a special insulation for pipes (usually a foamy gray material), sold in construction.

  19. Valentine
    08.21.2019 at 07:18 Reply

    Once I treated “Whiteness” the entire bathroom with a sponge for washing dishes, for 10 years there have been no signs of mold. True, during this time they also laid tiles and a suspended ceiling. But, I think, if mold remained, it would crawl out again

  20. Natalya
    08.21.2019 at 08:03 Reply

    My friend removes the fungus in the bathroom from the stoves in a very original way. He buys a cheap toothpaste. He picks up an old used toothbrush, puts the paste on the seams and leaves it overnight. Wash off with warm water in the morning. It happens that in the morning there is no time to wash off, remember when he goes to take a shower. I cleaned the entire bathroom in a month. Try it, maybe it will help you. Start with 2-3 tiles. Look at the result.

  21. Alfia
    08.21.2019 at 10:55 Reply

    The reason for the mold is gypsum mortar when plastering the bathroom and including drywall.

  22. Bob
    08.21.2019 at 15:32 Reply

    Whiteness — This is good, but when everything dries, be sure to treat everything with a solution of furatsilina — an antibiotic will kill the mold for a long time! A pack of 10 pcs. = 5 gr per 1 liter of boiling water.

    • gulnara
      09/02/2019 at 10:30

      antibiotic mold does not clean because mold is a fungus

  23. Sovet
    08.21.2019 at 20:42 Reply

    Good old way. Solution of copper sulfate. Wash and soak and disappear forever.

  24. Arina
    08/22/2019 at 18:26 Reply

    And I just wash Domestos !!! clean without diluting !!! Enough for a year or more!

  25. Alexander
    08/25/2019 at 17:19 Reply

    Great article, comprehensive and distinct and decent comments, thank you all!

  26. Natalya
    08/26/2019 at 08:44 Reply

    Thanks for the excellent and humorously written story! I was laughing.

  27. Yuri
    08/26/2019 at 15:08 Reply

    "White" slightly diluted with water and EVERYTHING.
    The mold is leaving.

  28. Nina
    08/27/2019 at 07:01 Reply

    thanks very good advice I will try

  29. Eugene
    08/27/2019 at 12:58 Reply

    Why so much text? Sex of life goes to your reviews (for example, about films), your reviews and household tips (I appeal to everyone) ... Can’t you just write, lemon, peroxide and household soap did not help. A mixture of whiteness and soap (proportions such and such) helped and that’s all. There are also special tools in construction stores, but they are expensive. And that’s it! Two lines would work. No, you need to start that “one day, I decided to look into the refrigerator and found a lemon there, but I didn’t have a juicer and I remembered the old way ...”. Why do I need all this: about work, about neighbors, about their repair pipes, about your lack of finances for a full repair? So much extra text!

    • Leonid
      09/03/2019 at 15:23

      Most likely written by a copywriter to order from the site, And they pay for the amount of text and a beautiful presentation. Just a man wanted to earn more.

    • Valentine
      10.28.2019 at 04:47

      I completely agree with you. Tired of reading these stories. I want to be short and specific.

  30. Fedor
    08/27/2019 at 18:22 Reply

    Process moldy places with undiluted DOMESTOS. After a day, rinse or wipe with a wet rag. Enough for 6-12 months, it all depends on the humidity in the bathroom.

  31. Galina
    08/28/2019 at 19:10 Reply

    Washed, wipe dry, and no mold.

    • Sasha
      09/12/2019 at 20:45


  32. Novel
    08/29/2019 at 21:36 Reply

    He took a steam station and ferry blew mold. He washed it off right there. The bathroom and the room are clean, without mold.

  33. Vitaliy
    09/04/2019 at 15:41 Reply

    The main problem with mold in the bathroom is poor work, or lack of VENTILATION at all. Most often, numerous alterations (changing the ventilation duct, inserting electric motors into the ventilation duct, narrowing the cross section of the ventilation duct, etc.) of ventilation lead to the fact that it ceases to work efficiently. Due to the increased humidity, mold immediately appears. And then articles appear on how to deal with mold. You need to fight not with mold, but with the causes of its appearance.

  34. Victor Lukyanenko
    09/07/2019 at 11:01 Reply

    I have ceiling ceilings and stretch ceilings: the space between them is hermetic. So far, the fungus is invisible, but whatever the hell ... You have to check, but how?

  35. Olga
    09/11/2019 at 20:02 Reply

    Back at school, in chemistry and biology classes, and even in a literature lesson (when reading Gorky's “Childhood”), teachers talked about the properties of copper sulfate (or rather, our teacher told us that we understood what was being said and why the explosion was so terrible ) It costs a penny in any flower, something about 20-30 rubles, it does not smell, but elegantly fights against mold. Builders used to add vitriol to whitewash during repairs, precisely because it prevents fungi from appearing.

  36. ABOUT
    09/12/2019 at 15:40 Reply

    In order for the wood to not appear again:
    1. After taking a shower or bath, you need to wipe the tiles on the walls and the adjacent sides of the bath (a suede rag for cars in a plastic tube is well suited).
    2. Leave the door as open as possible for better ventilation.

  37. Sergey
    09/13/2019 at 02:18 Reply

    Once again I read all the recommendations.Domestos is effective for a short time, ventilation in the bathroom keeps toilet paper on the grill, that is good, but the trouble is that “European-style repair” has been done a long time ago, I’m fighting, but the fungus sometimes appears even after kerosene. I did not apply whiteness and steaming, but I will try. I wish everyone success in the fight against the most common fungal in the world.

  38. vallie
    09/13/2019 at 03:46 Reply

    It is not that simple.
    Black mold survives in outer space and survived in Chernobyl.
    The only thing that helps is monarda essential oil (Monarda fistulosa). But it’s expensive, very

  39. Alexander
    09/13/2019 at 18:00 Reply

    No need to make holes in the door, you just need to open them and keep them like that.

  40. Eugene
    09/14/2019 at 07:25 Reply

    If there is good ventilation, there will be no mold and there is no need to wash the tiles, dry the walls, etc. etc. + warm floor

  41. Vyacheslav
    09/14/2019 at 09:52 Reply

    My respect, The result exceeded all my expectations.
    Thanks for the recipe

  42. Kseniya
    09/15/2019 at 11:09 Reply

    “Whiteness” or there is a professional composition bimold from Grass that is close in composition especially for removing mold, but whiteness will do, work off the joints of the tiles and leave the areas affected by mold for a few minutes, rinse with a sponge. By occupation, I regularly encounter such problems in bathrooms, as previously written, forced ventilation will help. I also heard from repairmen that grout for joints is not intended for wet rooms ...

  43. Nina
    09/15/2019 at 11:43 Reply

    Thanks a lot! I just read it in tears: a small black path of mold in the shower stall - and I went through ALL YOUR FLOURS. Up to lemons. Today I will buy whiteness. And not much has been written! Read interesting.

  44. Marina
    09/15/2019 at 23:45 Reply

    Comet helped me. There is also chlorine. There is no mold for 5 years.

    10/06/2019 at 21:33 Reply

    Processing with copper sulfate helped me. I haven’t tried with whiteness, but I’ll take note.

  46. Elena
    10.28.2019 at 13:14 Reply

    I liked the article, it was written with humor, which we lack. Author, creative person !. But briefly and in fact - it is very boring and dry. It is more pleasant to read such articles, as if communicating with a person.

  47. Milisa Milissa
    11/15/2019 at 10:15 Reply

    There is one remedy for mold and mildew and all kinds of rot everywhere: copper preparations. Where there is everything that can be treated with copper sulphate or Bordeaux liquid, and for prevention, there will be no dangerous mildew, rot and fungi - the bathroom and basements, floors and carpets, garden beds. Today, copper preparations are expensive - 100 g to 100 rubles. H is the most effective at all times.