Keep common problem areas free of allergy – and infection-causing mould and mildew – the ugly black or yellow fungal spores that thrive in damp, warm places.

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Grouting and sealant around baths, sinks and showers:
Spray with a bleach solution, leave it for half an hour, then scrub with a brush and rinse clean. Remove mould on sealant by wiping once with vinegar, then again with a paste of bicarbonate of soda, and finally wiping clean.

Shower curtains:
Soak overnight in a mild bleach solution, or scrub with a paste of bicarbonate soda.

Washing machine detergent dispenser:
Remove from the washing machine and soak in a hot solution or scrub with a paste of bicarbonate of soda.

Rubber and plastic gaskets around refrigerator gaskets around refrigerator doors:
Dampen a thin cloth in cold bleach solution and wipe well, using either a toothbrush or cloth wrapped around a chopstick to scrub the grooves. Wipe clean.