How to Get Rid of Mildew Smell in Bathroom

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Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose cleaner

  • Bleach

  • Funnel

  • Rubber gloves

  • Spray bottle

  • Clean cloths or paper towels

Mildew odors thrive in moist conditions.

Mildew odors in your bathroom is often embarrassing, unpleasant and unhealthy. The bathroom in your home is constantly moist from showers, toilets and sinks. The steam from your shower can cause mildew growth and odor. So can stepping out of a shower and dripping water on the floor or rug. Killing mold does not always kill the mildew odor. It is possible to kill mildew odor and prevent it from returning if you know some simple steps.


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Step 1

Remove all decorations and rugs from your bathroom. This is to prepare for a total cleaning to get rid of the mildew odor. If you have throw rugs in your bathroom, put them in the washing machine and wash them. Use cold water and detergent. Measure the detergent according to the directions on the bottle. Clean all of your pictures, toiletry products and decor with an all-purpose cleaner. This is to remove any mildew caused by steam getting on your decor and products.

Step 2

Mix a bleach solution according to the directions on the bottle of bleach. Put it into a clean spray bottle using a funnel. Gather some clean cloths or paper towels and wear rubber gloves so you do not get chemical burns.


Step 3

Spray every surface with your bleach solution, including walls, mirrors, counters, shower, sink, toilet and floor. Make sure every inch of your bathroom is covered by the bleach solution. Allow the solution to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Wipe away the solution from all surfaces using a clean cloth dipped in warm water. Be sure to scrub off any mold, dirt or soap scum from the surfaces. Allow the entire bathroom to air dry completely. Open windows if you have any in the bathroom and run a fan to circulate the air.

Step 5

Put all of your rugs and decorations back in your bathroom. Take special care to make sure everything you put in your bathroom is clean and dry.


Step 6

Prevent future mildew odor by keeping your bathroom clean and dry. Mildew can grow in a pile of damp laundry in 24 hours or less. Make sure that all laundry is put inside of a hamper and is washed every day. Hang a towel rack inside your shower and dry off before stepping out of the shower. This will prevent the floor and bath mat from getting wet and harboring mildew. Change your shower curtain liner every 30 days because mildew thrives on them. Clean your bathroom surfaces every day with bleach solution and clean cloths. This will prevent any mildew spores from growing.