Shower curtains seem to be a hub for mold and mildew, and can get expensive if you have to constantly replace them. Instead of throwing your it out just clean it! I’m sharing 4 ways to get a clean shower curtain and save that money for something else!
Yesterday, I got a question from one of my readers, J, who is a newly single dad asking me this, “Might you have a suggestion for cleaning/minimizing mold/mildew on bottom corners of shower liner?” I was saving this post for a spring cleaning series I am planning, but since J asked, I thought I’d go ahead and share these tips. I can’t tell you how many shower curtains and shower curtain liners I have thrown out, because they get soooo gross. I cannot handle that disgusting pink or black mold and mildew or soap scum build up that happens down at the bottom. Just nasty, right? Well, the good news is, there are several ways to save your money and just clean your shower curtain or liners and not have to spend unnecessary money on them any more!
- Throw it in the washing machine! Wash a plastic curtain on the highest water level with regular amount of detergent, and add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation. Then, hang to dry. If your shower curtain is fabric or decorative, it’s best to wash it following the instructions on its care label. Or, to quickly freshen it, pop it into the dryer on air or fluff with a fabric softener sheet.
- Add 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup vinegar to 2 cups water, pour onto the affected areas and let sit for 8-10 minutes. Then scrub with sponge or cloth. Mix 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid with 1 pint of household bleach and spray the solution on the curtain liner.
- Make a paste of vinegar and salt and spread it on the mildewed area. Let dry for 1-2 hours and then clean it off with a damp cloth.
- Mix 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid with 1 pint household bleach and spray the solution on the curtain. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Any of these methods will clean your plastic shower curtain liner. For fabric shower curtains, you really need to pay attention to the manufacturers instructions. I hope these tips help you save a little time and money as well as help you keep your bathroom clean and mildew free!