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Q&A: Pink Slime

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Question: What is that pink slime invading my shower, and what can I do about it?

Answer: Ah, yes. Your friendly, neighborhood Serratia marcescens. This ‘pink slime’ is an airborne bacteria that thrives in damp environments, and chows down on your soaps, shampoos, and other fatty substances. The bad news is, because it’s airborne, there’s not much you can do to eliminate the issue. Fortunately, this bacteria is generally harmless to your health, and we can help you minimize growth with these tips.

afterBecause this bacteria thrives on moisture, the key is to dry your environment as thoroughly as possible and keep soap residue at bay. We recommend running your ventilator while you shower and for at least 30 minutes afterwards. Since it feeds on soap scum and residue, keep your shower fresh with an after shower spray and keep up on routine maintenance. Dry the shower after each use as best as you can — if you have glass walls, using a squeegee to dry the glass can be helpful. Make sure you allow all cloth and plastic shower curtains to hang dry outside the shower, as they are common places for the bacteria to thrive in trapped moisture, and clean your shower curtain periodically to refresh.

In showers with grouted tile, an unfortunate cosmetic side effect to the bacteria is grout-staining. Maintenance is key because the ‘pink slime’ can work its way into the grout and leave your shower tinted. Keep the staining under control using a scrub brush and a bleach or hydrogen peroxide cleanser (check to be sure it’s safe to use with your fixtures first) can help lighten any staining. Abrasives, such as Barkeepers Friend and Bon Ami, can help break through any build-up. However, unsealed grout and areas where the bacteria is allowed to hang around for long periods of time can require regrouting and sealing to mitigate.

While harmless to most people, in hospitals, the presence of the bacteria was linked to pneumonia and urinary tract and open wound infections in some. An expert at North Dakota State University suggests chlorine to control the growth. Many water systems are already treated with chlorine, but if you’re using a charcoal filter, you may be removing that from your water.

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Sources & Additional Resources:

Anderson, Jessica Cumberbatch. “The Other Pink Slime Lurking In Your Home.” The Huffington Post, 7 Dec. 2017. www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/03/pink-slime-shower-gunk_n_6793586.html.

Huber, Jeanne. “Why Did My Grout Turn Pink?” The Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2017. www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/why-did-my-grout-turn-pink/2017/03/31/0bb5e8c8-0fea-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a27bfc413e71.

“Pink Mold in Shower? How It Got There and How to Get Rid of It | Bob Vila.” BobVila.com, 19 Mar. 2018. www.bobvila.com/articles/pink-mold-in-shower/.

“Red Substance in Tub, Toilet Is Bacteria.” NDSU Agricultural Communication, NDSU Extension Service, 2010. www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/aug-9-2010/red-substance-in-tub-toilet-is-bacteria/.

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Q&A: How to Clean Your Shower Liner

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Question: How do you clean your shower liner?

Answer: Throw it in the washing machine with some vinegar, et voilà!

To clean your shower curtain, remove it from the hooks and throw it in your washing machine with a 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 your usual load of detergent. For extra kick, we add 1/2 cup of baking soda or Borax. Run on cold water and hang to dry — no spin cycle necessary for plastic liners! To help prolong its use, remove it from the shower after each use to dry and prevent trapped moisture. While we still replace ours periodically when it stops coming clean in the wash, our current shower liner is several years old and holding up wonderfully.


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Additional resources and solutions:

Barber, Trish. “How to Wash Shower Curtains | Reader’s Digest.” Reader’s Digest, 23 Feb. 2017, www.rd.com/home/how-to-wash-shower-curtains/.

Gibbs, Karen B. “How Often You Should Clean Your Shower Curtain – and the Right Way to Do It.” TODAY.com, 17 Feb. 2016, www.today.com/series/how-often-should-you/how-often-you-should-clean-your-shower-curtain-right-way-t73991.

Smith, Lauren. “Yes, You Can Clean Your Shower Curtain … Even If It Has Mildew.” Good Housekeeping, 21 Mar. 2018, www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a22024/heloise-spring-cleaning-eliminate-mildew/.
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Q&A: How Dirty is Your Bath Towel?

how dirtyQuestion: How often should I wash my bath towel? I mean, how dirty is it if it only dries a clean person?

Answer: After three uses, if dried completely.

A microbiologist from the New York University School of Medicine found that our bath towels are a breeding ground for bacteria, the moment we first use them to dry ourselves. If the towel stays wet, the bacteria continue to breed rapidly because bacteria loves warm, wet environments. Allowing the towel to dry between uses does extend time between washes, but should be washed every three uses.

And if it smells? Definitely overdue for a wash. Read about disinfecting smelly laundry or laundry post-illness here.


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Q&A: Shower Door Build-Up

Question: How do I remove hard water deposits and build-up from my glass shower doors?

Answer: There are many techniques, but our favorite is a mild abrasive, a sponge, glass cleaner (optional), and a microfiber rag.

28124702_1412956412165760_256370012_o (1)While our favorite powdered abrasive is natural Bon Ami, other great options include Barkeepers Friend, Comet, Ajax, and baking soda. Wet your sponge and apply a quarter-sized amount of cleanser to the scrubber side of the sponge. Scrub the affected area in a circular motion. Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff off excess cleanser. Shine with glass cleaner and a clean microfiber (optional).

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While this technique works for many examples of soap scum and hard water deposits, there are some that will need additional attention, and more extreme examples of hard water deposits may etch the glass.

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Hacks, Organization

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Let’s talk home organization and organization hacks! When organizing your home, your office, your car or whatever it may be, these are the questions essential to making the organization and simplification process so much easier.

  1. How often do I use/wear it?
  2. Is it broken and how long have I said I was going to repair it?
  3. How much disruption does the item cause? (does it require a lot of maintenance)
  4. Is is a want or a need?

While I could write an entire book with each chapter highlighting how to organize every different room in your house, today I will be focusing on the ‘hacks’ that have worked in my personal life. Now, we all see hacks that are awesome but they just end up becoming more of a hassle than they do a convenience. As your personal ‘hack addict’, I’m here to give you the report on some of the organizing hacks I cannot live without!

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The closet, so many hangers and so many clothes. I don’t know about you ladies but I seem to have a never ending supply of undershirts, camis, and razor backs. I used to spend a good amount of my time finding the right hanger to hold those tiny spaghetti straps and honestly, I about lost my mind in the process. Cut down on the amount of closet space you use and the amount of time putting away laundry with this little trick! (via Listotic)

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For those of us with little ones, we know that the car can easily become a traveling dumpster. Don’t be ashamed to admit it, it happens to all of us! This small and inexpensive purchase has saved my car and admittedly, my sanity. (via Pop Sugar)

 

 

 

 

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Ahh… the kitchen pantry. Tiny hands are forever getting into the snacks, tearing down boxes in attempt to reach the chocolate on the top shelf, spilling flour all over themselves, getting into your pets food and just making things impossibly hard to find most days. With a good pantry organization plan, you can make your life a little easier by simply knowing exactly where things go the moment they get misplaced. This is also a great plan in the sense that food items will not go bad, as they do not go ‘unseen’ and uneaten. Try storing you snacks in their own personal storage bin, your boxed items in air tight containers, stack your spices so they are easily seen and accessible, and put your canned goods on a turn table. The possibilities are endless with your kitchen pantry. (via Just A Girl And Her Blog)

 

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Bobby pins, nail clippers, snap clips, tweezers… they are ALWAYS getting lost in the bathroom. You end up tearing your bathroom to pieces looking for one tiny thing in the rush of a normal morning. Like Superwoman says in her blog: “I haven’t lost a bobby pin since!” This magnetic strip is fool proof! (via Superwoman)

 

I said I would provide you with a few great hacks today, we will definitely be circling back around to the world of cleaning and organizing hacks in our future blogs. Stay tuned!

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