How to Clean Shower Curtain in 3 Quick Steps

A dirty shower curtain is disgusting and you don’t want to clean yourself up around, for sure. The mildew and mold problem may also happen if you don’t maintain it regularly.

Luckily, you can clean your shower curtain all by yourself with some simple home stuff. Just keep scrolling to check out our quick tutorial on how to clean shower curtain.

How to Clean Shower Curtain

How to Clean Shower Curtain
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Prepare these supplies:

  • Washing machine
  • Gentle laundry detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Old towel, optional

Follow these steps:

Detach the curtain

First, you should detach your shower curtain from its rod which may take a bit of elbow grease and patience. The rule of thumb is to start to do the job from one end to another so the curtain won’t fall. Remove any hardware like the hooks that are attached to the curtain.

Wash the curtain

When it comes to washing a curtain with a machine, you need to read the manufacturer’s instructions first. Though most shower curtains are washing machine safe, you may not be aware that yours are made of particular materials which are not safe to get washed in a machine.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Put the curtain in the large load setup.
  • If you have an old towel, you can add it to the machine to help scrub the stains.
  • Add a few drops of gentle detergent, a half cup of baking soda, and a half cup of white vinegar. The mixture of baking soda and white vinegar can work both to remove the stain and deodorize the curtain. You will see the ingredients fizzing as they are mixed.
  • Use lukewarm water and run your machine in a gentle cycle. It’s important to keep everything gentle since too much power may rip the curtains.
  • If possible, keep watching the washing process.

For you who prefer to wash your shower curtain by hand, you need to prepare a bucket or container which is large enough to handle it.

Dry it up

Right before the cycle is completed, take out the shower curtain to prevent the wrinkles caused by the final spin and draining step.

To dry up your curtain, hang it in a room with proper ventilation where windows and door are around. It’s to ensure that your curtain can dry quickly. If you let the curtain wet for a long time, you may see mold and mildew start to contaminate the curtain.

(You may also like: Regular Shower Area Maintenance | Bathroom Care 101)

How to Prevent Mold on a Shower Curtain

Sometimes, mold and mildew invasion is inevitable, but you can prevent the problem from happening with a simple and cheap DIY solution. Here’s what you can do:

  • Mix one part of vinegar and four parts of water in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the wettest part of the curtain with the DIY solution, then rinse with hot water.

Do the steps above once a week to prevent mold and mildew problems.

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