Cleaning and reusing that old or dirty shower curtain liner when they become soiled or worn is a much better option than throwing them away. They can be restored to like-new condition, saving you both money and time during your occasional housekeeping projects.
It is virtually impossible to maintain a good hygiene level in your bathroom without adequate ventilation. High moisture levels, inadequate air circulation, and temperatures within the desired range can promote the growth of mold on bath toys, shower curtains, liners, and just about anywhere else in the bathroom.
When you notice mold on your shower curtain, you might feel ashamed because it can make your bathroom look messy. However, mold can contribute to respiratory illnesses and aggravate allergies and asthma. If mold is not removed, it will grow and spread, contributing to respiratory illnesses and affecting allergies and asthma.
Here are different ways to clean shower liners.
Machine Washing Your Shower Curtain
Here are the steps for washing your shower liner via a washing machine.
- Put the curtain or liner into your washing machine.
To begin with, remove the shower curtain from your bathroom’s wall and place it in your washer. After you remove any metal hooks that on the shower curtain, place the curtain into your washer.
- Put one or two towels in the washing machine.
To avoid the shower curtain or liner from being wrinkled, sticking to itself, and being torn apart in the washer, throw one to two white towels into the washer. The towels should be clean.
- Add baking soda and detergent.
If your shower curtains are bigger, you will need to add additional baking soda. Use the usual amount of laundry detergent you would use for a laundry load.
- Start the machine
Switch on the washing machine. Choose the highest cleaning setting. Wash the curtains in warm water.
- Use bleach for stains that have built up.
With mildly dirty shower curtains, you only need baking soda and detergent. However, if there is lots of mildew and other stains on your curtain, you will need bleach. Add your baking soda and detergent. Once the machine fills, add half a cup of bleach. The only time you should add bleach to your shower curtain is if your curtain is white or transparent.
- Add vinegar during the rinse cycle.
If the washing machine is in the rinse cycle, open the door to the device and pour a cup to a half cup of distilled vinegar in. Restart the machine and let it out for the regular cycle.
- Hang the shower curtain or liner to drip-dry
Never dry a shower curtain after it has been in the dishwasher. Instead, hang it up in the shower to drip dry naturally once it has been cleaned.
Hand Washing Your Shower Curtain
Here are the steps on how to hand wash your shower curtain.
- Add baking soda to a dampened cloth.
Place a mop or a microfiber cloth slightly damp and sprinkle baking soda over the cloth until the fabric is sprayed with a light layer of baking soda.
- Scrub down the entire shower curtain.
Scrub the curtain down with your cloth. Let the stains set in for now, and focus on only removing general grime and dirt.
- Rinse with warm water.
Remove the shower curtain from the bathtub and wash it well with a clean cloth dampened with warm water. Scrub it for several minutes to remove all the baking soda and water. Add more water as needed.
- Clean any remaining stains
After cleaning the shower curtain on the first occasion, repeat the cleaning process by rinsing the cloth with water and then sprinkling it with baking soda. Scrub out soap stains or mildew again by paying particular attention to areas you missed during the previous clean-up.
- Rinse the curtain again
Take another clean cloth that has been dampened with warm, clean water. Rub the shower curtain again to remove any baking soda residue. Make sure the baking soda rinses off your shower curtain anew each time you rinse it.
How to Clean a Shower Curtain with Natural Ingredients
A variety of commercial mold removal products are available, but their harsh chemicals could just as much damage your shower curtain as the mold itself. Instead, consider using standard household supplies such as hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, which are natural and effective mold removers.
Here are the steps for cleaning a shower liner with natural ingredients
- Remove the shower curtain from the rod and fold inward the moldy parts to keep them from spreading spores throughout your home.
- Head outside with hydrogen peroxide, water, and a scrub brush.
- Spray a solution of two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part water on the shower curtain.
- After five to ten minutes, thoroughly rinse with hydrogen peroxide.
- Make a paste by mixing equal parts baking soda and water and scrub it off the shower curtain. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
- Flip the shower curtain over and repeat.
- Using a clothesline, hang the shower curtain to dry.
Cleaning a shower curtain from the inside
If you can’t clean your shower curtain outside, you can still get mold off your shower curtain by treating it inside. Use natural cleaning ingredients, but be sure to have plenty of ventilation. Follow these steps to clean your shower curtain from the inside.
- Lay the shower curtain in the tub.
- Add two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part water and spray it on the shower curtain.
- For five to ten minutes, let the hydrogen peroxide sit. Rinse thoroughly.
- Make a baking soda paste and scrub the mold away using it. Rinse it all off and repeat the process as needed. Make sure to pay attention to the folds and seams along with the curtain.
- Flip the shower curtain over and repeat.
- Hang the shower curtain from the curtain rod and let it dry.
Tips for cleaning shower curtains
Here are the tips for cleaning shower curtains.
- Spot test any cleaner first.
Try out any detergent, bleach, or cleaner that you intend to apply on your curtain on a tiny portion to ensure that it does not cause discoloration or damage. If you do see any damage, opt for a different method.
- Read the care label.
Always read the care label over very carefully before washing your curtain. The majority of shower curtains can be cleaned with bleach or detergent, but some require hand washing. Others might require a specific type of cleaning.
- Maintain a clean shower curtain.
Make sure that your shower curtain stays clean in the future by spraying it down with a mixture of half water and half vinegar each day. Wash the bottom of the curtain with vinegar and water once a week to keep soap scum and mildew from slowly accumulating.
How to Prevent Mold on a Shower Curtain
To prevent mold growth, the best way is to change the conditions that support mold growth. This means removing moisture from the air, keeping shower curtains clean, and avoiding leaks and standing water. If you follow these mold prevention steps, you may never have to remove mold again!
After your shower or bath, turn on the exhaust vent and leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
The best way to reduce moisture through your bathroom is by running the exhaust fan.
To reduce moisture in the tub or shower immediately after use, squeegee the walls. It takes mere moments and instantly minimizes moisture.
It would be best if you fixed leaks immediately. Continuous leaking and pooling water are perfect breeding grounds for mold.
It would help if you washed both mats and towel regularly. Avoid letting them sit around the bathroom when they are wet. Moist, dirty fabrics promote mold growth and unpleasant odors.
Don’t clutter your shower with loofahs, sponges, and bath products when you aren’t using them. When the shower isn’t cluttered, mold has fewer places to hide and grow.
Considerations for buying a shower liner
Here are the considerations for buying a shower liner.
What is the standard shower curtain size?
A standard shower curtain measures 72x72inches. The length, on average, extends to the floor covering the bathtub.
Of course, if your shower has a unique shape, there are multiple sizes of curtain panels, so you must measure your shower in inches to determine if your standard shower curtain will work.
To accommodate a standard shower curtain, you’ll need 3 additional inches of length in addition to the rod height in addition to any rings that hang down from the rod. Curtain width should extend about 12 inches beyond the actual width of your shower in order to avoid water seepage.
Fabric curtains can be woven in polyester, microfiber or a cotton blend. Your choice of material for your shower curtain helps determine the overall appearance of the room. Vinyl or cotton is some of the most common fabrics to choose from.
For the best bathroom decor, a soft cotton fabric curtain may be the best option for you. Their curtains are easy to maintain, versatile, and pair well with a vinyl lining.
They also come in different styles and colors that enable you to achieve your perfect personalized bathroom easily. You can even choose a more expensive fabric for your shower curtains for an elegant look. Bidets are best for guest bathrooms or showers that are not used every day.
Among the many different shower curtain options, vinyl shower curtains appeal too many. Being economical and easy to maintain, vinyl shower curtains supplant cloth water-resistant shower curtains.
The vinyl is easy to maintain and less expensive than cloth alternatives, and their water repellent quality is an added bonus! Still, this decorative material doesn’t seem to be as comfortable and charming as cloth. Another bonus is preventing mildew and mold.
Solid or print
Shower curtains are available either in solid colors or in patterns. A solid color shower curtain is a subtle choice. If you want the shower curtain to make a statement, go for a pattern. Make sure the print complements the rest of the decor of your bathroom.
In general, shower curtain tops come with button holes so that you can hang them from the shower rod with shower curtain rings, although there is some shower curtain that does not require rings or hooks.
There are some shower curtains made with grommet holes so you can slip your curtain directly on the shower rod. These curtains are great if you want something that’s easy to assemble and require little maintenance.