Removing Shower Mildew

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated June 30, 2014)


Removing shower mildew can often be one of the most annoying tasks in the bathroom. After all, who really likes to spend time doing the old scrub, scrub, scrub routine? While it may be something that we particularly enjoy, removing shower mildew is one of those things that we need to do periodically. Choosing the correct method for removing shower mildew can save loads of time, and countless effort. Here are a few of the most effective, and yet simple, methods you can use to remove the mildew (and mildew stains) from your shower.

  • Baking soda and bleach. Create a light paste by using baking soda and diluted bleach. Diluting the bleach to no more than one part bleach to four parts water, and you should be ok, particularly if you use rubber gloves and a mask. Simply spread the paste onto the mildewed portions of your shower, and allow it to dry. After it has dried, simply use a green scrubbie to gently remove the paste and the mildew.
  • Pinesol and bleach. Another method that you can use would be to make a cleaning solution of Pinesol and bleach. Fill a spray bottle half way up with Pinesol and then fill the remaining bottle with a mixture of one part bleach to four parts water. Spray the solution onto the mildew and scrub away using a soft sponge or a green scrubbie.
  • Bleach. Create a mixture of roughly one part bleach, and three parts water. This will be a little more concentrated than any of the other mixtures, but that is the point. Simply spray the bleach onto the affected areas, and clean as normal. You may need to repeat this process a few times until you have the mildew removed, but it will work.
  • Commercial cleaners. There are commercial cleaners that you can utilize for removing the mildew in your shower. One of the more effective (and automatic) methods currently available is the automatic cleaner from Scrubbing Bubbles, simply follow the directions from the manufacturer, and you will be surprised at how quickly your shower will be cleaned.
  • Alcohol. Another great way to clean mildew from your shower would be to use rubbing alcohol. Simply place a little bit of the alcohol onto a green scrubbie, or a sponge, and then clean as you normally would. The alcohol works to remove the mildew from the shower because the alcohol is a sanitizer, and will kill off the microscopic organisms that make up the mildew stains.

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Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


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What is four less than 8?

2014-07-01 09:50:16

carole offenheim

how to clean shower doors. I find I have to clean them after every shower. water streaks all over the doors. any suggestions would be great

2014-06-30 11:01:58


The best prevention is to use a squeegie each time the shower is used. Making sure to dry around the edges of the tub.
If you can.... coordinate showers so the last person does this job......then the others in your household can rotate who has the job.
By keeping the walls dry and only have to clean the tub...not the sure to squeegie the shower doors if you have them instead of a shower curtain.

2014-06-30 09:47:57


Do not use Scrubbing Bubbles if you have an acrylic shower. In fact you should look up what you may use with acrylic since other cleaners may also be harmful.

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