Shower curtains should stay clean because they’re part of the shower, right? Unfortunately not. They can be one of the hardest things to keep clean! Soap scum, mildew, and mold can all build up on your shower curtain, making it seem dirty and grimy. But don’t worry; you can take a few simple steps to clean your shower curtain or plastic liner and keep it looking fresh—even if scrubbing a shower curtain isn’t your favorite way to spend your time.
How to Clean a Shower Curtain
How to Wash Shower Curtain: Washing Machine
If your cloth or plastic shower curtain is labeled machine washable, you can clean it in the washing machine. Start by removing the shower curtain from the rod and shaking it out to remove any loose dust. Then, place the shower curtain in the washer with a couple of clean towels to help scrub your curtain clean and prevent wrinkles. Wash with a gentle laundry detergent plus half a cup of baking soda for an improved clean. Run on a warm cycle, and consider removing it for the spin cycle, which is usually unnecessary for washing shower curtains. Hang back up to dry!
How to Wash Shower Curtain: By Hand
If your shower curtain isn’t made of a machine-washable material or if you don’t have a washing machine, you can clean it by hand. Remove the shower curtain from the rod and place it in a tub full of warm water. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and a sprinkle of laundry detergent into the water. Using a microfiber cloth, scrub the shower curtain thoroughly by hand. You can hang your curtain back up to allow it to dry thoroughly.
How to Get Mold Out of Shower Curtain (And Prevent It)
If you notice mold or mildew on your shower curtain, removing it as soon as possible is essential. Mold and mildew can cause respiratory problems and other health issues, so it’s not something you want to ignore. You can remove mold from your shower curtain by washing it in the machine outlined above, but use a heavier-duty cleaning solution of 50% detergent and 50% baking soda. Then before the rinse cycle, add 1 cup of vinegar. For white or transparent machine-washable curtains, you use a mixture of 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach and 1/4 cup of laundry detergent for an even deeper clean.
If your curtain is not machine washable, remove it and deep clean it in the tub using one of these mixtures and scrubbing by hand. Rinse the shower curtain with clean water and hang it to dry. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture to help discourage mold in the future.
Preventing Mold and Mildew
The best way to clean a shower curtain is to prevent mold and mildew from building up in the first place. Here’s how to prevent shower curtain mold:
- Wash your shower curtain regularly, either in the washing machine or by hand.
- After each shower, open up the bathroom to allow air to circulate and prevent moisture from building up.
- Spray your shower curtain with an after-shower spray post-shower
- Add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar and water mixture to help prevent mold in the future.
- If you notice mold or mildew, remove it as soon as possible.
Following these simple tips will help you keep your shower curtain clean and mold-free.
Tips for Cleaning a Shower Curtain
How to Clean Plastic Shower Curtain Without Taking It Off
If your shower curtain is starting to look a little worse for wear, but you don’t want to go through the hassle of taking it down to wash, don’t worry – cleaning a plastic curtain is simple without taking it off. All you need is a spray bottle, vinegar, and a little elbow grease.
Start by mixing one-part vinegar with four parts water in the spray bottle. Focusing on the inside of the curtain that hangs in the tub, spray your cleaner to saturate the inside. Let the mixture sit to break down any mold or mildew, then scrub clean with a sponge. You can do the same for any other parts of your curtain that look dirty without removing the curtain from the rod!
Cleaning Shower Hooks
Shower hooks are another part of your bathroom that can look dirty and grimy over time. Soap scum, mildew, and water stains can all build up on your shower hooks, making them difficult to use and not as attractive as they once were. But don’t worry – cleaning them is easy! At the same time that you’re deep cleaning your shower curtain, soak the rings in a sink full of warm water and one cup of white distilled vinegar. Soak them for an hour and remove stubborn scum with an old toothbrush.
How to Dry a Shower Curtain
After washing your shower curtain, it’s important to dry it completely to prevent mold and mildew growth, but most shower curtains don’t need to be sent through the dryer. The most straightforward way to do this is to hang the shower curtain back up in your bathroom and allow it to try for a few days before using that shower again. Alternatively, you can hang it on a clothesline or drying rack in a sunny spot outside or in front of a window. However, you might need to tumble dry your curtain if it contains heavy natural fibers. Check your curtain’s washing and drying instructions to be sure!
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Cleaning your shower curtain is necessary to maintain a clean and pleasant bathroom environment. Cloth shower curtains that hang outside of the shower should be washed once a quarter. Plastic curtains and liners coming in contact with water should be washed monthly to avoid mold and mildew build-up. But if you’re not feeling up to the task, a Tasker is just a click away to make it happen.