Mold and mildew love the bathroom because it's humid, warm, generally dark and there's plenty of "food" for it to chow down on (*gag*). Beyond the bathroom, mold is commonly found in window sills, refrigerator seals, under the kitchen sink, air registers and entryways. It grows in moist environments and room temperature conditions. Did you know that regular cleaning with a bleach-based product can effectively kill mold?
In general, I'm not the biggest fan of bleach, but I do use bleach-based cleaners in the bathroom to keep things under control. I try to do it when the kids are away or at least at the other end of the apartment because I worry about them breathing that stuff in too much. In our apartment, the bathrooms are window-less so I can't just pop open the window to air it out, or pop open the window when we're using the shower to let all the humidity out. I'm conscious to turn the fan on when I'm in the shower (and in my bathroom, it turns on with the light, so there's really no way to forget it unless I want to shower in the dark!) The kids' bathroom is the one I'm not very good at remembering, but since they leave the door open or I'm in there, it's not much of an issue right now.
If you're like me and don't want to use harsh cleaners all the time, or even just in between cleanings, try spraying your shower and tub with vinegar following showers. It can help keep things at bay so you don't need to use the stronger cleaners as often. You can also wipe down your tub and shower after use...if there's no moisture, it's harder for mold and mildew to grow!
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