How often do you clean your bathroom? I aim for once a week, but that’s an ambitious goal. But how often do you clean your shower curtain and liner? Here’s how to clean shower curtains and their plastic liners!
HOW TO CLEAN SHOWER CURTAIN LINERS
Shower curtain liners tend to build up some pretty nasty junk over time. Mold and mildew are common culprits. But can you safely clean your liner? Yes! No need to throw it away and buy a new one.
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The best part about cleaning your plastic shower curtain? It’s as simple as tossing it into the washing machine! Take down your shower curtain liner, place it in your washer, and make sure it’s set on your gentle cycle.
We recommend adding a bath towel or two to the load. Believe it or else, it helps scrub the shower curtain!
Hang the shower curtain liner up to dry (outside if it’s an especially nice day!) and bring it back in when it’s dry. Hang it back up and you’re ready to go! It’s that simple!
HOW TO CLEAN SHOWER CURTAINS (CLOTH)
First, you’ll need to take your cloth shower curtain down off of the rings. Like your plastic liner, you’ll be using your washing machine to clean your shower curtain.
However, because the cloth tends to be more delicate, you’ll be taking some additional precautions to ensure your curtain makes it out of the wash safely.
Set your washing machine to your largest load setting and set the water temperature to warm. Wherever you place your detergent, replace it with one cup of distilled white vinegar and just a few drops of your normal washing detergent.
Next, be sure that your machine is set for a gentle wash setting. Toss in your shower curtain and let it run. Upon completion, do not dry your shower curtain in the dryer. Instead, hang it back up on the shower curtain rings to air dry.
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HOW TO CLEAN SHOWER CURTAIN RINGS
While you’re at it, you might as well clean your shower curtain rings! I recommend doing this while your shower curtain liner and cloth shower curtain are also being cleaned.
There may be hidden mildew or mold on your rings, and it certainly wouldn’t make sense to put a clean shower curtain back onto dirty rings.
Fill your bathroom sink with hot water. The hotter, the better! You will then add a cup of distilled white vinegar. Drop the rings in and let them soak for the amount of time that your shower curtain is in the wash.
When you’re ready to hang up your curtain again, drain your sink and rinse the rings in hot water.
Dry them off and hang them back up. They’re ready to hold your freshly cleaned liner and shower curtain!
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CLEANING FREQUENCY
Something to keep in mind is that your bathroom is a generally moist environment, which is prime for mildew and mold growth. It might not be a bad idea to clean your plastic liner and shower curtain at least once a month or every other, especially if you have a family member with allergies.