Mold and Mildew in the Bathroom: Causes, Health Risks, and Prevention

Mold and mildew are common problems in bathrooms, and they can cause a range of health issues if left untreated. These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, making bathrooms the perfect breeding ground. Learning how to spot mold and mildew, the health issues if left untreated, and how to clean and get rid of it is super important to your overall quality of life.


Mold on a white background. Mold: Mold can appear slimy, fuzzy, and have a raised texture. It can come in different colors, including black, green, and brown. Mold can also appear as circle-shaped spots.

Mildew in the grout of a bathtub.Mildew: Mildew is powdery and appears flat. It usually grows on surfaces and can be white or grey in color. Mildew can also appear as an orange color accumulating in your grout, a red tint on your shower curtain, or as pink streaks down your shower wall.

Health Issues

Mold and mildew can cause a range of health issues, including allergies, asthma, headaches, and breathing issues. These fungi release spores that can trigger allergic reactions in some people. People with weakened immune systems or pre-existing respiratory conditions are particularly vulnerable to the health risks associated with mold and mildew.

Cleaning Mold & Mildew

The good news is that mold and mildew are easy to clean and get rid of if you keep up with regular maintenance. Regular cleaning with a disinfectant cleaner can prevent the growth of mold and mildew. It’s also important to keep your bathroom well-ventilated to prevent moisture buildup.

There are several tips you can follow to prevent mold and mildew growth in your bathroom:

  • Use an antimicrobial shower curtain: Antimicrobial shower curtains are designed to resist the growth of mold and mildew, making them a great investment for any bathroom.
  • Keep your bathroom well-ventilated: Use a bathroom fan or open a window to keep your bathroom well-ventilated. This will help to reduce moisture buildup and prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Fix any leaks or water damage: Leaks or water damage can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Fix any leaks or water damage as soon as possible to prevent the growth of fungi.
  • Clean your bathroom regularly: Regular cleaning with a disinfectant cleaner can prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Pay special attention to areas that are prone to moisture buildup, such as the shower and bathtub.
  • Use a dehumidifier: If your bathroom is particularly prone to moisture buildup, consider using a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.

In conclusion, mold and mildew are common problems in bathrooms, but they can be prevented with regular maintenance and cleaning. By following the tips above, you can keep your bathroom mold and mildew-free, and reduce the risk of health issues associated with these fungi.

Remodeling Your Old Bath

If you find that your bath is full of mold and mildew and won’t budge with cleaners, you might have a larger issue on your hands. West Shore Home® offers free consultations to have one of our experts come out to your home and assess your current bath or shower. If it’s a bigger issue, you might consider remodeling your old bath for a new, antimicrobial acrylic walk in shower or bath tub. Contact us today to explore your options.