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4 Low-Cost Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Mold-Free When It Doesn't Have A Fan

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The warm, moist environment of your bathroom provides the ideal environment for mold to grow. A properly-sized bathroom fan will remove the moisture from the air and protect your bathroom against mold growth, but with costs ranging up to $800, getting one isn't always financially feasible. If you've got a bathroom that doesn't have a fan, here are 4 low-cost tips for keeping it dry so mold doesn't grow there.

1. Squeegee Your Shower Walls After Use

You know those tiny droplets of water that are left all over your shower walls after you get out of the shower? If you leave them there, they're going to evaporate into the air, thus raising the moisture level in your bathroom. You can find a squeegee for just a few dollars at most home supply stores; buy one, and squeegee off your shower walls immediately after you get out of the shower. 

2. Adjust The Temperature On Your Water Heater

Hot water evaporates at a faster pace than cold water, so the hotter your shower water, the more water vapor escapes into the air where it can linger and create the damp environment that mold likes so well.

Some water heater manufacturers preset their products to heat water to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but most people don't require hot water temperatures of more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Find the thermostat on your water heater and, if it's set to higher than 120 degrees, turn it down. By doing so, a little less moisture will make its way into the air in your bathroom when you take a shower, and you'll lower the risk of mold-growth. This mold prevention tip won't cost you anything. In fact, for every 10 degrees you lower your maximum water temperature, you'll actually save $12-$30 a year in energy costs.

3. Purchase Some Plants

If you have a window in your bathroom, you're in the perfect position to lower humidity levels with the addition of the right houseplants. Plop a shelf or stand in front of your bathroom window and fill it up with moisture-loving flora, such as peace lilies, English Ivies, and Boston Ferns. Your bathroom will benefit aesthetically from the additions, and the plants will soak up any added moisture that gets into the air.

4. Add Silica Gel

The term "gel" is a bit misleading, because silica gel actually comes in the form of granules. The substance is a desiccant, which means it's really good at sucking up water molecules from the environment. To make use of silica gel as a bathroom moisture absorber, fill a few vases up with it and place them in your bathroom. To keep things looking pretty, consider sticking the stems of some artificial flowers down into the silica gel. 

Ideally, you want orange silica gel for this task. The orange granules turn green when they've reached maximum moisture absorption. Blue silica gel also changes color at maximum absorption, but the compound used to create the color change is toxic. 

You can buy a 5 pound bag of silica gel at most arts and craft stores(it's used for drying flowers), and you can reuse the granules several times by drying them out in the sun or in a warm oven once they've reached maximum moisture absorption.

Mold can be toxic, and it thrives in the warm, moist environments of bathrooms. If you've got a mold-prone bathroom and you can't afford to have a bathroom fan installed, consider enacting some of the above low-cost tips for beating bathroom moisture problems. If you already have a mold growth problem or you'd like some more tips on how to prevent one, contact your local mold remediation specialists.

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5 May 2016