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Know how to remove mold from bath scrub brush bristles?


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08-05-05, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)  
Know how to remove mold from bath scrub brush bristles?

I may sound anal retentive, but I have a couple of favorite bath back washers/scratchers that have accumulated mold around the base of the bristles where the bristles connect to the plastic. I have soaked the brushes in a bleach-water solution, that has helped reduce but not eliminate the moldy areas.

Any ideas? I can't find these particular back brushes any more to repurchase them.

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08-06-05, 07:29 AM   #2 (permalink)  
The bleach/water solution should be a 4:1 mix. This is 4 parts water to 1 part bleach. Soak for a couple hours insuring solution gets into all spaces of the brush. Soaking overnight can loosen the glue that holds the bristles in. You may need to use gloved fingers to remove discolored areas. After soaking is complete, rinse with water and tap the bristled surface into a towel to remove excess moisture. Hang to dry. You can also use a blow dryer to assist in drying. Do not allow brushes to hang/sit in a moisture laden area and never store while wet. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to kill mold/mildew if the bleach smell bothers you. Just use the hydrogen peroxide undiluted from the bottle. Rinse with water and dry as in above method.

You can use a mesh type bag to hold your bath brushes when not in use. Air will circulate through thus keeping the brushes dry.
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08-06-05, 08:16 AM   #3 (permalink)  
Thanks so much! I'll try again!

 
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08-07-05, 07:56 PM   #4 (permalink)  
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once a month care

if your brushes, hair, back, fingernail, etc are starting to gather/keep the stuff they clean, try sending them through the dishwasher once a month - top rack for these... don't send 'em through the dry cycle unless you use a low heat setting.

if they're made of wood with natural fiber, eventually this will take it's toll and shorten their useful life. a once a month soak for a day in a 10:1 water to bleach solution, followed by a hot water rinse and day of drying, will keep them in good shape for a long time. if the mold is bad, try boiling for 15 minutes, then a bleach soak to minimize the stains.

to prevent mold, rinse in hot water and let it air dry by hanging - without being against anything. over a heater vent to get some air flow will help as well.

 
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08-08-05, 10:46 PM   #5 (permalink)  
Bleach & water solution will alleviate any mold & mildew issues. When you do your weekly shower cleaning, swish your shower brushes and scrubs into your mop bucket of bleach/water solution.

 
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08-09-05, 11:10 AM   #6 (permalink)  
Thanks so much, folks. Great hints!

 
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