The lid of your toilet bowl is open to reveal a black mold ring. It’s hard to believe that mold is growing beneath the toilet’s rim. It is not clear where it came from or how safe it is to use the toilet. Mold in the toilet bowl can be more than an unsightly sight. It could also pose a health risk.
Mold loves water, dark places, and organic material. If you understand what we mean, it is you and your family who provide the organic material. It is a good idea to let us know if you have diabetes or someone in your family.
Diabetes is a condition in which the body has difficulty processing glucose. Even though their diabetes is controlled, their urine will have more sugar than a healthy person. A toilet bowl containing glucose enriched fluid is a great food source for mold.
Toilets that aren’t used frequently or not flushed as often than other toilets in your home are more susceptible to mold growth. Even if you don’t use them every day, it is important to flush them on occasion.
What makes mold dangerous?
There are many types of molds. In the United States, there are over 100,000. Molds grow and release spores, which can lead to mycotoxins. These chemicals can cause health issues.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says mold can have a variety of health effects on people.
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy or red eyes
- Skin rashes
- Breathing difficulties
It is not possible to test for mold exposure using blood. Although allergy testing can be performed, it will not tell you when or whereabouts the exposure occurred. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others. People with weak immune systems, children and the elderly are at greater risk of mold exposure.
Remove Toilet Mold
There are two good things about finding mold under your toilet rim: it is easy to clean and your toilet is made from porcelain, which is a non-porous material. Non-porous means that the mold cannot grow roots in the toilet bowl. It is important to take safety precautions before you begin any mold removal. Use rubber gloves and a N-95 mask.
To begin your cleaning, flush the toilet first. To remove the mold, use mild bathroom cleaner along with a toilet brush or a rag. When cleaning your toilet, use something gentle. If you use something too harsh, the porcelain finish may be scratched easily. This includes the product you use for cleaning. No scouring powder!) Repeat the process until there is no mold left. Let the bowl sit for around 20 minutes before adding one cup of chlorine bleach. Then scrub the toilet again and flush it once more.
One warning: Never pour chlorine bleach into the toilet tank to clean it. Bleach can cause corrosion to plumbing parts within the tank. White vinegar is better than bleach for treating the toilet tank.
Steam is another method to get rid of mold under the toilet bowl rim. A handheld steamer can be an excellent tool. First, turn off the water supply to your toilet. To remove as much water from the toilet as possible, flush it. Your steam cleaner can be used to steam the bowl as well as the underside of the rim using as much pressure as your machine permits. When you’re done, flush the toilet and continue steaming as needed. After you’re done, wipe down the surfaces of your toilets with a soft cloth.
How to Prevent Mold from Growing Around Your Toilet Rim
Regular toilet cleaning is the best way to prevent mold growth. Regular cleaning of your toilets should be done every 7-10 days to reduce the chance of mold growth. Also, you should lower humidity levels in bathrooms. This can be done by closing a window or using an exhaust fan to reduce humidity.
You can also give your bathroom the “Motel 6 treatment” by turning on the bathroom lighting at night and putting the lid up on the toilet. Mold hates bright light and sunlight. You should never try to save water by not flushing your toilets after you use them. Although the “If it’s Yellow” rhyme is adorable, you don’t want mold to have a home.
It could indicate a bigger problem in your home if the mold returns to your toilet after a few days. It is a good idea to call a professional if this happens.