That pink stuff is called Serratia marcencens or S. marcencens for short. This little rod-shaped bacterium is commonly found in our natural environment, however, when growing in mass in a home or hospital setting, it has been known to cause various respiratory infections as well as UTI's and other minor infections, especially in immunocompromised individuals. It is most recognized by its pink or orange color and slimy feel. Once settled into grout or the small cracks of your shower head, it can be fairly difficult to fully eradicate.
But Fear Not! It can be done!
The first steps to keeping these tenacious beasts from overgrowing the bathroom and kitchen is to make those areas an inhospitable place to live simply by:
For step by step instructions, keep reading:
For Bleach method:
If you are sensitive to bleach, try replacing the bleach mixture with straight vinegar:
If you want to get the pink off your shower curtain, simply throw your curtain into the washer. Use gentile cycle and warm water.
In summary, the best way to get ahead of S. marcencens is to be proactive by:
I am an adventurous homemaker with a passion for wandering the forest trails of Alaska. When not exploring under every leaf, twig, and rock with my husband and two year old son, I tend to busy myself with keeping habitat trails from forming around the house. After more than 10 years of experience cleaning under various companies, we decided to make our own path and that is how Southeast Clean & Care started!