How to Clean Black Mold in a Shower

While black mold sounds scary, it’s really isn’t much worse than other types of molds. Any mold can cause respiratory issues, and if you have asthma or you’re susceptible to pneumonia, it could cause issues for you. However, the Center for Disease Control suggests that you can clean up all types of mold in your home the same way using a bleach solution without having to call out for extra help, as long as you take precautions like wearing gloves and a dust mask.

However, if you have mold that has seeped into the wall or other porous areas, you may need help removing the damaged materials and replacing them, as well as finding the source of the water causing the mold. Make a new bleach solution to spray and scrub down what’s left.

Once you’ve scrubbed away all you can, pour a new mixture of bleach and water into a spray bottle, keeping the same ratio as you did before. Spritz the stains left behind, and let it sit for 15 minutes or so. Once you’ve left it alone, run over it with a clean scrubbing brush. Wash off the bleach solution with clean water and let it dry.

Spritz plain white vinegar over the area to take care of what’s left of the mold. Don’t mix the vinegar with water. Just put it in a spray bottle and go over the area to get it damp. Let the vinegar dry on the area, and it will help kill off the mold that’s left behind. Ledger boards help support your tub, but they cannot hold its full weight. Make sure your tub has full contact with the floor after you install the boards.

Dry-fit the drains and drain shoe on the new tub. Set your new tub on its side so you can easily access where the drains are placed. Feed the bottom drain through the hole on the tub and screw it into the L-shaped pipe fitting. Repeat the process with the overflow drain on the side of your tub. Cut the pipes to the length you need using a hacksaw. Tighten the nuts with a pipe wrench.

How to Optimizing Your Bathroom’s Storage Space?

Utilize all available surfaces. The back of your bathroom door is a frequently underused space. But this is a great place where you can install extra towel racks. You could also purchase organizers with adhesive backing and stick these to the inside of the doors of your cabinets to boost your bathroom storage capacity. Though these kinds of organizers are frequently small, they still work great for things like lipstick, cotton swabs, lotions, eyebrow pencils, toothbrushes, and more. You can also attach some hooks to the back of your bathroom door for hanging towels or robes.

Put stackable shelves or drawers in your cabinets for more storage room. Stacking shelves or drawers will help you utilize more of the space in your cabinets (if they don’t already have shelves to begin with). Too often, items clutter the bottom of cabinets while the upper space is unused. Stackable shelves or drawers will help you make better use of this space.

Put a lazy susan in your cabinets. Items can be easily pushed to the back of a cabinet and lost or forgotten. For this reason, you may be under-utilizing the space in the back of your bathroom cabinets. A lazy susan is essentially a tray that rotates on a base, so you can spin the tray to reach items in the back of your cabinets more easily. You can also put a small lazy susan on your counter to save space.

Install tower shelving in your shower. These kinds of shelves often fit right into the corner of your shower, where they are out of the way but still convenient. They are perfect for holding soap bottles and loofahs, and will prevent bathing supplies from crowding the floor of your shower or edge of your tub. Some variations of tower shelving hang from the shower head itself instead of fitting into the shower‘s corner. This variety may be even better for especially small showers.

Upgrade your sink storage. There are many pre-made cabinets, available at hardware and furniture stores, that wrap around your sink to increase your storage space. If this option is a little outside your price range, you could buy a decorative curtain and install it around suitable sinks with storage space underneath (like pedestal sinks), and then store bathroom items there.