LifestyleEffortless cleaning: How to combat mold and refresh your bathroom in just 10 minutes

Effortless cleaning: How to combat mold and refresh your bathroom in just 10 minutes

The "magical" grout paste can work wonders.
The "magical" grout paste can work wonders.
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2:44 PM EST, February 7, 2024, updated: 4:01 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Joint compound, which is what we'll be focusing on, fills the space between tiles. It helps to increase adhesion and prevents the growth of fungi on the wall. Joint compounds come in a wide range of colors and, as well as being practical, can also improve aesthetics.

How to clean joint compound in just 10 minutes using this "magic" paste

Mold in bathrooms is often found in joint compound since it is constantly exposed to water, steam, and moisture such as around showers, sinks, and bathtubs. To prevent mold growth, it is useful to create a special mixture that can refresh and clean the joint compound in just a few minutes.

Preparing this mixture requires baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of dish soap (liquid soap will also work) and 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Once all the ingredients are mixed together, a thick paste forms, which should then be applied to the joint compound.

An old toothbrush works perfectly for applying the paste. With its high content of active ingredients, the paste works particularly well in places that are in constant contact with water. It cleans and bleaches the joint compound, as well as protects its surface from mold.

Need to clean the joint compound in the whole bathroom? Try this amazing liquid

A paste made from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, unfortunately, won't be sufficient for large areas of joint compound. A more effective solution is to prepare a liquid that can spray on joint compound throughout the bathroom. Like the paste, this mixture can be prepared using items you probably already have at home.

To prepare the joint compound cleaning liquid, you'll need a spray bottle. Mix exactly 1/3 cup of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of boiled water. The liquid can be used immediately after it's prepared. Just spray on the joint compound and leave it to sit for no more than 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, scrub the joint compound with a firm-bristled brush or scrubbing sponge and it will look like new. Once you've cleaned, it's important to air out the bathroom thoroughly as the smell of lemon juice and vinegar can be a bit strong.

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