This may be a dumb question but there is one chore in my house that I absolutely detest. It is cleaning the blasted shower curtain. Maybe it’s just me? Mine tends to get all dingy and eventually moldy and I just can not seem to get rid of it. I usually just end up buying new curtains every few months but I figure there must be a better way. How do I get the darn thing clean?!?
There are two answers to this question: an easy one, and a more difficult one.
I’ll start with the more difficult one.
Step 1: To clean your plastic shower curtain toss it in the washing machine, then add a cup (or two, if it’s really moldy) of white vinegar.
Step 2: Put the washing machine on the gentle cycle and toss a couple towels in with the curtain to keep it from getting rolled into a big ball. Plastic is a little trick to wash so it’s better if there’s something in there with it.
Step 3: Run the washing machine with hot water to help the vinegar to be more effective.
Step 4: When the washing machine has completed it’s cycle hang the curtain back up and use a sponge or Magic Eraser to scrub off any mildew that’s still hanging on.
Step 5: Rinse with warm water and then let it hang to dry.
Here’s the easy answer:
Toss the “blasted” plastic shower curtain in the trash and buy a fabric liner. I discovered fabric liners in college and I’ll never go back.
Fabric liners are great because they are easy to wash and easy to keep clean. In our house we have a stall shower in the master bathroom so only the guest bathroom has a shower curtain. It doesn’t get used very often but before and after guests stay with us I always toss it in the washing machine. You can buy different colored fabric liners but ours is white so that I can bleach it. I have had our current liner for about 10 years and it still looks new.
So there are 2 ways to clean your shower curtain, the choice is yours.
Edit: I’ve had a lot of emails asking me where to buy one of these fabric liners. Here is a link to one, similar to what I have, that you can buy at Target. They are only a few dollars more then the plastic ones!