Preventing Mildew in Bathroom Cabinets

What You'll Need
Commercial mildew cleaner, vinegar or milk
Sponge or washcloth
Window fan

If mildew in bathroom cabinets has been a prevalent problem in your home, you're probably wondering how to prevent it. Prevention saves you from cleaning out nasty cabinets. If you follow the steps below, you may be able to reduce or eliminate mildew in bathroom cabinets.

Step 1 - Air Out Your Bathroom Cabinets

Regularly airing out your bathroom cabinets is a surprisingly effective way to prevent mildew in your bathroom. Mildew thrives in damp, enclosed and poorly ventilated environments, a fact which explains why seldom-opened bathroom cabinets become a breeding ground for growth.

In order to make sure your bathroom cabinets receive a sufficient amount of ventilation, try keeping them open for at least 1 hour each day. If you have small children and your bathroom cabinets house products you don't want the children to access, be sure to keep a watchful eye on the area while your cabinets air out.

Step 2 - Perform Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning is one of the best ways to prevent mildew in bathroom cabinets. At least twice a month, empty out your bathroom cabinets, spray them with a commercial mildew cleaner and vigorously wipe them down with a sponge or washcloth. If the potent chemicals found in many commercial cleaners make you uneasy, you can choose from a number of all-natural mildew cleaners. For example you can purge mildew with a solution of vinegar and water or a solution of boiled milk and water. Make sure your cleaning solution has had ample time to dry before you return the contents to your cabinets. It may strike you as a cumbersome chore, but regular cleaning is a fantastic way to combat mildew in bathroom cabinets.

Step 3 - Humidity Control

Humidity control is another way to prevent the formation of mildew in bathroom cabinets. With the possible exception of your attic, your bathroom is arguably the most humid area of your home and, as previously stated, humidity makes it a prime spot for the formation of mildew.

If your bathroom features a wall fan, make sure to run it whenever your shower is in use. This fan will help rid your bathroom of the moisture-heavy steam produced by hot showers. If your bathroom doesn't feature a wall fan, you may want to consider installing a standard window fan in one of your bathroom windows (if you have one) and setting the fan on "Exhaust" whenever you use your shower.

However, if you live in a cooler climate, window fans should only be used in the spring and summer months, as they will allow cold air to enter your home. If you don't have access to a wall or ceiling fan, try leaving your bathroom door wide open whenever you shower, thus enabling the steam to escape.