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I am trying to get rid of the mildew that lives in my bath/shower. It is black and pink and is in the grout lines. Does anyone know of any non-toxic ways to accomplish this?<br><br>
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I have this exact same problem and would love to hear any suggestions. So far I've tried a couple of homemade recipes I found on the Internet but they haven't worked.
 

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I have tried everything, including lots of elbow grease. You won't like this, but the only thing I found to get rid of black mildew is bleach.<br><br>
The pink might be iron ore bacteria (we have that in NH). Sometimes scrubbing is enough to remove that, unless it stains, then see above (bleach).<br><br>
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I've never had a problem with the pink stuff, it scrubs right off, but the black stuff takes bleach... maybe peroxide would work, or an oxygen bleach?
 

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yeah the only thing I've found to even remotely work is bleach. if you spray vinegar on after each shower it will keep it from growing back though.<br><br>
in my microbio lab we learned that the pink stuff is serratia marcasens
 

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I bought some basic H stuff from a local Shaklee rep and it works pretty good to remove most of it. I sprayed it on and used a scrub brush to get it off.<br><br>
I have tried numerous other things and nothing touched it but this stuff.<br><br>
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I have the ultimate grout cleaner! Make a paste of bleach and baking soda and spread it on. I'll spread some on in the morning and then rinse it off when I take a shower at night. Works every time.
 

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This is a type of mold right? How "serious" is it in the line of molds?<br><br>
We also get this in our shower. Usually around the window creases. Mostly it's the pink/orange stuff and it comes off when I clean it with Vinegar, but comes back after a week.
 

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We also get this in our shower. Usually around the window creases. Mostly it's the pink/orange stuff and it comes off when I clean it with Vinegar, but comes back after a week.</div>
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it's a bacteria. the bacteria are using the mildew as a food source so that's why it's really common to see it living along side black mildew, though it doesn't need the mildew to thrive. It likes wet places, you've probably got some condensation collection around your windows and that's why it's growing there. as far as being harmful goes, it's one of the bacteria that lives in our homes pretty much all the time and it isn't USUALLY a problem. it can cause UTIs though, and probably some other kinds of infections.
 

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I use Method products for my bath. They have a tub and tile cleaner, and we also use the spray that you spray the tub with after each shower to prevent the scum. I've also occasionally used their all-purpose cleaner in the tub too.
 
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