Monthly Archives: October 2015

Stop Bathroom Tile Grout Mildew

We’re in an old house with a small bathroom where the bathtub is located. The bathtub is surrounded by ceramic tile walls, which is really nice. However, that’s a big invitation for mildew to form from the moisture in that small room. Until very recently, we couldn’t even open the one window in that tiny room. Needless to say, the last time I cleaned mildew from the grout with bleach and a toothbrush, I was really gassed out. I swore I wouldn’t do it again.

And so…I haven’t! I experimented and found a way to prevent the mildew from coming back. I’ve just created a YouTube video on it (the link is below). But, in case you don’t want to watch, here’s the trick…

There’s just a couple simple steps involved that anyone can do…

First, I squeegee water off the walls. If you don’t have a squeegee and don’t want to buy one, you can get by without it.

Second step…I dry the walls the best I can with an old rag towel. If you don’t have a squeegee, two towels may be needed to dry the walls.

Third step…and here’s the key! I mist the walls down with pure rubbing alcohol. Yep…I placed straight alcohol in a spray bottle and mist the walls routinely after the last shower of the day. I have NOT had a mildew problem since!

Note that I started with clean walls. I had just gone through the process of scrubbing the grout with bleach and a toothbrush before I searched for an alternative way to deal with the problem. My alcohol routine has prevented the mildew from reforming around the tiles. I’ve done this for at least a year now, so I’m sure the mildew would have reformed by now without the alcohol treatment, so I have no doubts it’s working.

The alcohol kills any microbes that may be there and also helps to dry up any remaining water in the grout. Between the two effects, mildew has NOT returned! Yipee!!

IF you have mildew already in your grout and don’t want to use the bleach/toothbrush routine, feel free to give this a try. Misting alcohol may take several applications to kill it all. Perhaps pouring it on for a first application may kill it all. Otherwise, you may want to remove the mildew any way you are accustomed to doing it, then follow that up daily with this new routine.

I suggest you give this a try if your plagued with mildew in bathroom ceramic tile grout. IF you have a plastic (or whatever) tub kit, please do check with the manufacturer to verify it is safe to spray the finish with alcohol.

Also, if you have painted walls or anything else painted in the area, please try not to spray the alcohol on the paint. Rubbing alcohol softens paint, making it sticky. HOWEVER, if you do accidentally spray paint with the alcohol, just do nothing. As the alcohol evaporates, the paint will harden up again. Just don’t make a habit of spraying paint with alcohol, as I don’t know what repeated exposure to the alcohol would do to your paint. (If YOU know, please share that with us!)

Here’s the video on this topic. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you! Judi

Homemade English Muffin Bread

Homemade English Muffin Bread

As most of you know, I used to own and operate my own bakery/bistro. My specialty was making fresh made-from-scratch yeast breads. I made some type of fresh bread every day and sold LOTS of bread along the way!

I put most of the recipes I developed in a cookbook “Secrets of a Professional Baker” and I’ve slowly been demonstrating how those breads were made through YouTube videos. So, here’s yet another bread revealed!

Homemade English Muffin Bread

Homemade English Muffin Bread

This bread is fabulous. It has the flavor and texture of traditional English muffins, but it’s baked in a loaf. (Making individual English muffins will be for another video!) Truly, it’s not hard to make with just a little know-how and equipment. I share that know-how in my videos. I gear them for novice bread bakers, so anyone could make the bread recipes I share.

If you’re interested in adopting a copy of the cookbook, follow this link and you’ll be able to purchase one copy directly from the publisher. (Scroll down the page and click the picture of the cookbook.)

Homemade English Muffin Bread

Homemade English Muffin Bread

There’s a YouTube link to my demonstration video below the following recipe. If you enjoy English muffins and haven’t made this bread, I urge you to take a little time to put it together. You get to enjoy what bread should taste like!

Enjoy, Judi

English Muffin Bread
Makes 2 Loaves (8″ x 5″ pans)

1 lb, 10 oz (5-1/4 cups) bread flour (or use half bread flour and half all-purpose flour)
4 tsp sugar
1/2 oz (or 4 tsp) RapidRise yeast
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups milk
1/2 cup water
Cornmeal

In a saucepan, heat milk and water to 120-130F. Place all dry ingredients (including yeast) in a stand mixer bowl; combine ingredients. Pour warmed milk mixture into mixer bowl with dry ingredients. With a dough hook, beat at low speed until dry ingredients are moistened. Continue beating at low to medium speed for 8 to 10 minutes, until well combined and kneaded. This bread dough is VERY active, so it’s OK (if desired) to form loaves right away. Letting the dough rest first for 10 minutes is optional. However for best flavor, do allow it to rest 10 minutes before forming loaves.

On a lightly floured board, divide dough into 2 equal portions and form each part into a loaf. Place in a loaf pan that has been greased and sprinkled with cornmeal. Spray top of each loaf with nonstick spray and sprinkle additional cornmeal on the top of each loaf. Cover with waxed paper or plastic wrap then place a towel on top. Allow bread to rise on top of a preheated oven (at 375F) for about 20 minutes.

After dough has risen, remove towel and waxed paper and place loaves in oven with the rack in the middle. Bake for 25 minutes, until loaves are golden. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.

For additional tips on making this bread, please do watch the video below. Enjoy! Judi