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Add 1 to 2 tbsps. of baking soda to your vinegar to make a mild abrasive for cleaning the black stains.
If stains persist, they may be black toxic mold. Consult a mold removal specialist as your next course of action.
Black stains on shower caulking are often attributed to the growth of mold in your shower. Mold thrives in moist, warm places such as shower stalls and quickly spreads to tile as well as caulk. Some types of mold are toxic and can be dangerous to your health. Chemical products are available to remove mold and other black stains from your shower caulk, but you can remove them yourself using supplies from home and without exposure to harmful chemicals.
Create a paste of equal parts lemon juice and table salt in a bowl. Dip an old toothbrush into the lemon juice and salt mixture and scrub it into the black stains on your shower caulk. Allow the lemon juice paste to sit on the black stains for 15 minutes to kill mold and loosen and lift black stains.
Wet the old toothbrush and give the black stains on your shower caulk another scrub. Rinse with plain, cool water.
Tackle any remaining black stains on your shower caulk with straight white vinegar. Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray directly on the black stain. Leave the vinegar on the black stain until the vinegar is completely dry.
Dampen a clean cloth with plain water. Wipe away last traces of black stain on your shower caulk. Rinse the cloth, if needed, and continue to wipe until the stain is gone.
Dry your shower caulk with a clean, dry cloth.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.