You don’t need to spend a fortune to get the caulking in your tub look more presentable and less like the creature from the Black Lagoon. All you need are some simple items you can purchase at any drugstore or grocery. It requires common household bleach and cotton coil. You probably have seen cotton coil but never realized it had a name.
It’s similar to a ball of cotton, but in a long string form that’s coiled. Many beauticians use it to put under permanent rods or when coloring hair to protect client’s skin. You’ll also need Q-Tips. The final tool you’ll need is an old toothbrush. Most people save one for cleaning projects, so you’ll probably have one on hand.
The steps are easy to follow and don’t require massive exertion, but just a little patience.
① Start by cutting the cotton coil to fit the caulking area with the mold. If you have several areas, cut a strip for each area.
② Soak the strips in a bowl of bleach until it’s thoroughly saturated.
③ Remove the cotton coil and set it in the caulking that has mold or stains.
④ It’s time to use the Q-Tip to push the cotton coil firmly into the caulking.
⑤ Walk away and let it do its magic. You’ll need to allow this to sit overnight or at least 10 hours. If you’re accustomed to showering in the morning, dry the area right after your shower and insert the coil. Remove the coil in the evening.
⑥ After you remove the coil, use the toothbrush to remove any remaining stain.
⑦ Either turn on the shower head to spray away the residue and remaining bleach or use a container of water to rinse the area.
⑧ The caulking will be clean and bright, allowing you to shower without worrying about the green slime attacking you.