A bad case of CAS (Cleaning Avoidance Syndrome)

July 18, 2008

wizardofoz460 Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy is walking through the woods with her entourage and chanting…

“Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!”

That’s how I feel about venturing into my teenager’s bathroom these days — except my chant goes something like…

“Mold and mildew and UGH! Oh my!

I know what you are thinking… “How come your kids aren’t cleaning their own bathroom?”

That’s the problem. They are “cleaning” their own bathroom. Unfortunately, mold and mildew and UGH! must be invisible to teenage eyes.

woman_cleaning_bathroom Every so often, I have to enter the “red zone” and do battle.

Consequently, I was delighted to to get an email from the “scrubbing bubbles” people with some tips for keeping mold and mildew and UGH! at bay. Here’s their advice…

  1. Mold and mildew build up fast in showers, especially during the humid summer months. To help reduce that buildup, open your shower door or curtain after showering and let the interior air-dry.
  2. One-stop rinsing. Keep shampoo and conditioner bottles from getting gunky by rinsing (with lids sealed) in the shower immediately after using.
  3. Dehumidify. Want to cut down on mold growth in your bathroom grout and shower tracks? Keep your bathroom exhaust fan running while you take a bath or shower and for 30 minutes afterward. It helps eliminate excess moisture that could lead to mold growth.

Now.. off to get some mildew detecting goggles for my teens.  : )