Mold in toilets

By vgarrison Latest Reply 2018-02-24 22:32:47 -0600
Started 2011-01-31 02:17:02 -0600

So I know that the bathroom area of life is more of a taboo subject for some, but I was just wondering if anyone esle has mold in their toilets. I have been told by some that it is more of a northwest issue for diabetics, than it is for anywhere else in the country. I have also been told that this is something that happens to diabetics that have higher numbers (I have been off my meds for almost a year, and just last week got back on them). My numbers were running very high, and are now back under control.

My question is, does anyone else have mold that grows in their toilets and what do they do to help keep it away. I have just been cleaning my toilet everyday and using bleach on a regular basis, but at one point in time it was so bad that it actually clogged up my toilet.


Blessed Be

79 replies

margchris 2017-10-06 02:02:04 -0500 Report

I have been type 2 diabetic for 3 years and have had much higher sugars in the past, but just had a major episode of kidney stones requiring surgery and two kidney infections right after. Suddenly I had an intractable yeast infection and my toilet started growing what looked like mold and it doesn't take long to show up. I'm glad to know this is somehow related to my sugars, which have been running high, and I'll mention it to my doctor.

Gisann 2017-06-30 21:13:46 -0500 Report

15 years Type 2, taking metformin and glylazide - never had mold in toilet
1 month on Jardiance (sglt2) - flaky mold since week 1.

Did a test where I solely used 1 toilet for 1 week and the rest of family used other bathroom, then we cleaned and swapped for 1 week. The toilet that I used started having mold spores after a couple of days while the other did not.

linking37 2016-12-09 16:04:50 -0600 Report

my son is diabetic and I've noticed mold in our commode and wondered if there was a connection, now I know. Thanks for the info.

Sylv203857 2016-12-03 03:12:40 -0600 Report

My husband's family has a history of diabetes, and his cousin recommended a cleaning product for the toilet bowl. When I started having issues with mold too, I tried bleach and other cleaners without any success. This product really worked, and seems to keep the mold away. "Fabuloso Maximum Clean", blue in clear bottle. Available at the dollar stores. I was amazed at how well it cleared the gunk away and kept it away.

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my nickname 2016-10-29 14:14:42 -0500 Report

Thanks v garrision you turned the light on for me…same here had diabetes for 16 years and never had mold now I'm on Innvokna…need to get my a1c in control to keep a clean toilet lol who knew

LyndsyJo 2016-09-11 14:55:07 -0500 Report

I've been Type 2 for 16 years, but only experienced this black mold problem in the last several months. Reading this post made me realize that the black mold began popping up shortly after I began taking Invokana… Which causes you to expel extra sugar thru urination! The drug works for me, so I'll just have to deal with extra cleanings. It's a relief though to know the source of the issue!

twigrim 2015-11-15 13:52:31 -0600 Report

My mold has been growing I the toilet for a while. I have lived in country and now city. Only grows when my bg is up and for this guy saying its just feeding the spores i doubt believe because i have a second bathroom and for8months no mold i used once and it had mold. So dont believe everything you read from google buddy.

Dawn-Ann 2015-08-19 08:38:28 -0500 Report

Wow! I never made this connection, but we have had mold growing in our toilet bowl for several months. Now that I think back a bit, I notice it began shortly after my diagnosis. My husband and I thought maybe the city had changed their water treatment. I'm going to try the bleach method until I get my BG levels under control.

Thanks for all the info, everyone!

Anonymous 2015-06-02 20:19:50 -0500 Report

I would like to thank this forum. We had black mold in the toilets, only the ones I used - not the rest of the family. I had not been diagnosed with diabetes.
After completing my research - I knew. I went to the MD and my blood work came back with an A!C of 9.1. I changed my eating habits and no longer eat foods that are high on the glycemic index. Three months later my blood work came back with an A!C of 6.1. Coincidentally my cholesterol went from 290 to 180. A changed life. Thanks for the info.
Sincerely Bob C.

Anonymous 2015-05-15 02:17:39 -0500 Report

Wow. Most of these reply and suspicions are absolutely ridiculous. First start with the basics. Mold grows from spores and feeds on things in the environment. These mold spores are readily available in the environment of the toilet. So the mold is already there.
next, yes meds and being diabetic do play a part in these spores growing, but not for the far fetched reasons, theories, and ideas pitched in many of these replies.
if you're diabetic chances are you expelled key tones occasionally especially in the morning with the first urination. Yes, even if your blood sugars are controlled. This feeds the mold spores. Also, since a diabetic does not process all the sugar taken in through eating, more crude for sucrose, glucose and more get expelled through urination. There are many other things but we'll stick with those 2 as the main for now.
3rd, let's move on to what non diabetics on medication and alcoholics have in common that also help grow this black mold… kidneys and livers that are working more than the average person to expel toxins from the body. This high rate of metabolism that is going on also makes the body expel more sugars and raw (mold feeding) toxins than a normal healthy person would.
Theres no conspiracy by drug companies. It's the natural function of the body and the natural process of mold spores.

Google more, speculate less, get educated.

chibimaddy 2018-01-20 09:30:12 -0600 Report

Thank you for your information, which is very helpful. That being said, I joined this forum because I wanted to ask you to please not be so rude and condescending to people. Everyone here is just trying to figure things out. They are just regular folks, not a scientific research group and don't deserve to be chastised.

gmlaster 2017-07-15 18:10:23 -0500 Report

Look, I've been Type 2 for 15 years. My sugar is well controlled. I've been on metformin, glipizide, and victoza. Absolutely no mold. But the mold started appearing in my toilet immediately after my doctor switched me from glipizide to farxiga. Unlike the glipizide, farxiga makes me pee like crazy…so much that my doctor has had to give me meds to control the yeast and I have to wipe with pre-moistened wipes after I wipe with toilet paper, and I mean EVERY TIME, or I get a yeast, bladder or urinary tract infection. I found this out the hard way after I decided all the wiping was ridiculous.

My sugars are well controlled, averaging between 90-112, and my last A1C was 5.9 (as usual) so no ketones. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if the mold started when I began taking a new drug that exponentially multiplied the amount of yeasts I produced, it's likely they're connected. It's only in my toilet. My son's toilet and the guest room toilet, which I never use, are both fine. The medicine definitely has something to do with the mold. I don't need Google to tell me that.

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my nickname 2016-10-29 14:18:43 -0500 Report

You are informed anonymous and I've not read all the post but having never having a mold problem and i'm 61 yrs old something changed and I believe it is sugar related with the spilling of more sugar with the med I'm on

Anonymous 2014-08-13 02:34:25 -0500 Report

I have noticed black mold whenever someone who takes a lot of meds is in the house. It only takes a few days of them using the toilet for it to grow. Funny thing is that sometimes the person denies taking any drugs - prescription or not -and i know that they are not being truthful because of the mold in my toilet.

Anonymous 2015-05-15 02:20:16 -0500 Report

This has more to do with the bodies functions and less to do with taking any drugs. Diet and/or the metabolic rate of a person can cause urine that supports the growth of mold. The urine is not making the mold. The mold is already present in toilets.

Mariposa51 2018-02-24 22:32:47 -0600 Report

Are you a type ll diabetic?
If not, I don't think you have the slightest clue—I never had any of this mold business, until I started with Invokana, and Trulicity..I was diagnosed in 2010..went on these meds in 2015, after a heart attack, which sent my BG sky high.

Anonymous 2017-02-19 22:43:00 -0600 Report

I totally agree. We are 2 veteran roommates. I am on a lot of meds but pre diabetes..not on meds for that. My toilet doesn't get mold…But my roommates toiled gets a lot of mold..I suspect he is has not gone to the VA and been diagnosed. He has terrible eating habits so I suspect he has developed diabetes and couldn't care less…but I am the one cleaning the mold. Oh I get it…Thanks!…toilet brush in ✋

GabbyPA 2014-08-16 05:42:22 -0500 Report

A new detective....busted. That is interesting. I didn't think of it just coming from the drugs. My husband and I are both on some.

Im0nGuard 2014-06-16 17:47:48 -0500 Report

I was having black colored mold in my toilets within 3 days of cleaning them before I was diagnosed. Once I was diagnosed and got my BS down to a near normal range, the mold problem went away. I was guessing after the fact that it was from all the sugar in my urine.

faulkucraig 2014-06-16 11:04:27 -0500 Report

Next thing u know we will be seeing lawsuit commercials
Stating:::: IF U TOOK THIS BRAND OF DIABETES MEDICATION & BLACK MOLD OR YEAST WAS GROWING IN YOUR TOILET U ARE ENTITLED TO $$$$$$$$ …because the drug companies new GOING IN, to set aside the funds for the lawsuits to sell the pills!!!!!!

gmlaster 2017-07-15 18:13:44 -0500 Report

Seriously dude, that was uncalled for, but says everything anybody needs to know about you. Weak.

Gramner 2016-12-02 16:53:30 -0600 Report

If you were diabetic you would NOT even make this post… I suggest you research someone with this disease and NOT make yourself look like the ass you probably are, but someone intelligent making intelligent remarks

GabbyPA 2014-06-17 19:55:41 -0500 Report

After thinking about sugar mold, it came to me. Sugar feeds mold. My humming bird feeders fill with black mold. It just needs water, sugar and some heat source or light.
So while drugs might be part of it, sugar does cause mold. Black, ugly, sticky mold.

faulkucraig 2014-06-11 08:34:50 -0500 Report


Gramner 2016-12-02 16:56:19 -0600 Report

Thank you! You did some research and instead of coming in here are making an ass out of yourself as before… you making sense… bravo

GabbyPA 2014-06-12 11:32:08 -0500 Report

But I have a feeling it's more due to the sugar in our pee and the fact that some of us have no chlorine in our water to keep it down.

faulkucraig 2014-06-15 12:42:17 -0500 Report

Have u ever seen Mold growing on Sugar???? Non sugary foods & dairy products Are found to mold Quickly…if in Fact there is a Diabetes Mold Connection…THIS IS A RED ALERT…BLACK ALERT…& THEE LAST THING DIABETICS NEED ATTACHED TO THIER DISEASE…there is a devil in the details

Robyn Beach
Robyn Beach 2014-06-30 00:55:14 -0500 Report

Its got to be the sugars in the urine. And yes, I've seen sugar that got damp grow mold. I haven't been on any meds and when my sugars get high, my toilet gets the mold in it, so I know it has nothing to do with the meds in my case.

GabbyPA 2014-06-16 08:47:51 -0500 Report

You do have a point there. I know that out of control glucose levels feed infections, so I am not sure why it wouldn't work in the toilet where all kinds of things are in there. Perhaps it;s more a yeast than a mold?

CoRinaB 2011-02-02 16:31:42 -0600 Report

Ohhhhh! This is the reason I have mold issues in my toilet?! I've never heard of this before, good to know! It's been a problem for me for way before I was diagnosed. Thanks for all the suggestions for getting rid of the mold.

vgarrison 2011-02-03 13:15:40 -0600 Report

I'm so glad that a discussion that I started has actually helped people…there are days when I just feel like I'm rambling!! LOL

MewElla 2011-02-03 14:26:50 -0600 Report

It's not rambling to us…hey, we learned something important from your tip!! Have a good week and stay warm.

CoRinaB 2011-02-03 13:20:06 -0600 Report

hahahaha! it's not considered rambling if it's helping people, right?! if it is, go ahead ramble away!!!

msq 2011-02-02 15:51:38 -0600 Report

i don't know if it will work for this problem, but if it's an indicator of sugar levels—- be careful as it could be helpful… btu try baking soda—it works on a lot of mold problems…also vinegar.

Pynetree 2011-02-02 09:14:22 -0600 Report

Once in a while I've noticed a fine line at the water line in bowl. Always assumed that my BG was high. But now suspect that husband and/or daughter have Diabetes too, as when I was out of the house for 4 months…and neither of them big on cleaning…it actually almost clogged it up. Plumber said once a week pour a bit of bleach in and leave it sit overnight, or all day. But I, like most of you, find myself swabbing the bowl every few days or so.
As to the ants…we did get teeny tiny ones last summer in the kitchen and upstairs bath (which is directly over kitchen), but none in the downstairs powder room…right next to kitchen?! Which is mainly used by me. Seems to happen every few years. Never thought about it being high BG. Maybe!

outrigger1945 2011-02-02 13:26:03 -0600 Report

I had a big ant problem after the summer. I was told about Boric Acid powder. I got it at the pharmercy at Walmar a 12oz container $12.00 but it helped or you could use cornpowder,

vgarrison 2011-02-01 17:13:16 -0600 Report

I do keep cleaning that stupid toilet, but enough is enough…lol…I'm thinking of buying a maids uniform just for the toliet cleaning!!!! Wouldn't be so bad, but my cat thinks that is his water dish…if you close the lid on the toliet, the cat sits in the bathroom and yowels at the top of his lungs…lift the lid and he sniffs it and walks away!! Darn mold and a testy cat…I lead such an interesting life!!!

gmlaster 2017-07-15 18:19:29 -0500 Report

Same here. Every three days I'm cleaning the toilet or it looks like a restroom toilet in a gas station…in Mexico. I'm not kidding. Even my cats won't drink from it.

Doc 720
Doc 720 2011-02-01 12:27:31 -0600 Report

I have had this problem for about the past year.

What did I do to keep it away? You got it. Clean the thing. No problem since.

mas14years 2011-01-31 20:03:44 -0600 Report

I have never heard of this in the 15 years I have been a diabetic now. I have never had a problem with it, thank goodness. It suprises me because I have very high sugars and usually run into dka sadly once a month. I did know though that is how they used to diagnose diabetes with the ants and the urine. thats amazing though how people come up with this stuff..

GabbyPA 2011-01-31 12:42:44 -0600 Report

Between hubby and I there are times when we get some growth along the water line. Our water is filtered and there is no chlorine in it, so I am sure that helps in the growth. Hubby always has some kind of UTI, so I imagine that and sugar make rings. I just keep mine clean with my scrub brush, but it doesn't happen often. (the ring...not the cleaning. LOL)

Harlen 2011-01-31 11:52:25 -0600 Report

When I clean the toilet I use 20% bleach and I clean it every 4 days or so
so that there will be no mold ( just in case lol )
Best wishes

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-01-31 09:14:01 -0600 Report

I've actually had this problem a few times but I had no idea it was my diabetes that caused it. I keep mine down by cleaning with Comet, that stuff seems to be the cure all for almost all bathroom cleaning issues.

As for ants in the bath room, well, I never connected that either. However since I have a cat and her litter box is in the bathroom I can't use most bug sprays. she's got a really sensitive system when it come to poisons. I found that sprinkling a bit of cornstarch baby powder kept the away I just had to put it on the trail and locate where they were coming in. Putting it just on the trail only makes them choose a different path.

I've also heard that you can use diatomaceous earth for things like ants, roaches, and fleas. Granted you can use that stuff for just about everything. The food grade version of diatomaceous earth is said to be great for everything from diabetes to blood pressure to kidney stones to keeping fleas off your animals.

VickieF 2011-01-31 14:23:22 -0600 Report

Wow! I have never even heard about diatomaceous earth.Much less the uses for it. Thank You! :)

kdroberts 2011-01-31 07:40:44 -0600 Report

Actually, that might have been the only symptom that I had diabetes before I was diagnosed. Mold was growing very quickly no matter how much we cleaned. After I was diagnosed and lowered my blood sugar the problem completely went away.

VickieF 2011-01-31 03:25:46 -0600 Report

I just hope it helps. You know talking about taboo toilets. Can you belive I never thought about the sugar thing because I had seen it before. I had a big problem last summer though. I live in Tennessee and we have a big problem with ants. Fire ants, carpenter ants anD sugar ants. Last summer my bathroom was loaded with Sugar ants. I was so frustrated I tried everything to get rid of them. I talked to my land lady and first thing she said was, "someone has high sugar. Which one of you is diabetic?" OOO K! Knowing what caused the invasion helped, but it didn't get rid of them. I finally did with lots of comersial junk. LOL I do hope that the polident helps. :)

GabbyPA 2011-01-31 12:45:11 -0600 Report

Actually, that is one of the original ways that diabetes was diagnosed in ancient Greece. They would see if ants were attracted to the patients urine.

vgarrison 2011-01-31 03:32:05 -0600 Report

OMGoodness…I never ever ever thought about ants and the sugar before…Thankfully where I live now ants aren't a big deal, but down in New Orleans, they were horrible…duuuh!!! That makes so much sense…thats why I never thought of it I suppose..LOL

VickieF 2011-01-31 03:07:39 -0600 Report

I don't think any subject should be taboo here. Welll second thought the ones you do not discuss with family. Religion and politics!!! Other than that we should be able to talk about anything.
Now mold in toilets. I do not have it, but a couple of my kids have. I think it has to do with the yucky stuff in the water. You might want to have your water checked and for goodness sakes be on the safe side and Boil any drinking water before using it.
You might want to try putting 2 polident tablets (I Use the store brand) in your toilet a couple times a week. Let them set in it for about 20 minutes and then use your brush. It helps clean it and makes it smell better in your bathroom. I also put 2-3 in the tank once a week. It helps keep the tank clean also helping keep the bowl clean. Again it helps keep the bathroom smelling fresher.
Hope it helps you. :)

vgarrison 2011-01-31 03:10:57 -0600 Report

I never thought of the polident…that is an awsome idea…ty.

I believe the mold for me has to do with the fact of my sugars being so high, therefore I'm almost peeing sugar water some days…(lately I have been as high as 400). I am not 100 percent on this, but it's a hunch I have…

oldbuttercup 2011-01-31 10:25:54 -0600 Report

I would like the opprtunity to add my reponse to this subject.
I read some very intersting suggestions throughout these posts.
Thank you for that folks!
A point of concern for me is this last post.
I personally think b/s readings of 400 hundred are reason for concern.
Please speak to your medical proffesional ASAP to help you lower your numbers for you and your family.
High b/s can lead to unwelcome medical complications very quickly.
Bless you and good luck!

vgarrison 2011-01-31 16:33:46 -0600 Report

Due to lack of insurance I had no choice but to use diet and exercise to try and control my b/s…and of course was not able to…I am now back under Dr's care and my numbers are back to normal, but thank you so much for your concern!!


VickieF 2011-01-31 23:21:12 -0600 Report

Don't do this yourself. Call the hospital and or the health department in your area. Ask if they can tell you any dr. in your area that works on a sliding scale. For me it cost $20. per office visit. Then go to the pharmacy in your area and sign up for their $4. presrption plan. Mos Pharmacies have one. For me the most I cost me at any one time was $60. for the months scripts (some of mine were not on the program). I can promise you that Just having a dr. ,or in my case Nurse Practitioner, helping you out. Metformin one of the most prescribed pills for Diabeties is on the program. Please Call them and start getting help. Let me know how it goes. Please!

outrigger1945 2011-02-02 13:37:53 -0600 Report

I just turned 65 and had to change my insurance. When I was covered with my husbands it coast me $38.00 for a 90 days supply for januvia and know that I have Pres with my medicare it coast me $75.00 for one once. They have a lot of nerve I am on social security and have other meds which coast $5.00 . It coast me over $100.00 a month. Pres gives you a 3 month supply free for the year. They have a lot of nerve to charge senior citizen this much money for one prescribtion. Still waiting for a response from Januvia.

pepsigal1 2017-04-25 02:28:58 -0500 Report

write to the company of Januvia and ask if u can sign up for hardship…I signed up and got my Januvia free all yr long…

oldbuttercup 2011-01-31 19:30:46 -0600 Report

I'm glad to hear you are doing better.
In the future when you loose coverage for any reason maybe an organization like American Diabetes Association can offer helpful ideas in your area.
Bless you and your family.