The shower curtain is often the first thing guests see when they use your bathroom. A dirty curtain not only affects the look of your bathroom but it also poses risks to your health.
But you may not have to throw it out.
Did you know you can clean dirty shower curtains? It’s true. If your shower curtain looks dirty, you can clean it with products you likely have on hand right now.
Learn the most effective tips for getting a clean shower curtain and make your bathroom sparkle again.
The Different Types of Shower Curtains
Before you take your shower curtain down for a good cleaning, it’s important to understand the type of curtain you have. There are three basic types of shower curtains on the market.
Vinyl or PVC
Vinyl shower curtains are the cheapest but not always the best choice for your shower. These curtains often have drawbacks like a strong chemical odor that lingers for days.
Vinyl shower curtains also look less sophisticated and can impact the overall look and feel of your bathroom. But these curtains are very simple to clean. All you need to do is wipe them down with a sponge or cleaning cloth and let them dry.
PEVA and EVA
PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) and EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) curtains are a step-up from vinyl ones. PEVA shower curtains contain fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which makes them safer.
While not as stylish as a fabric curtain, they are effective for the cost. As a bonus, they’re also more eco-friendly than vinyl ones.
Fabric shower curtains are by far the most attractive of the three. If you want to give your bathroom a modern makeover and achieve spa-like results, fabric curtains are best.
One benefit to fabric shower curtains is that you can wash and rehang them instead of buying a new one. A weekly or even monthly cleaning will extend the life of your product.
How to Clean Your Shower Curtain in the Wash
Fabric curtains have to go through the wash to get clean again and prevent mildew and mold growth. If you have a fabric shower curtain, here are the steps you need to take to clean it.
Take It Down
The first step is to remove your shower curtain. Take off any shower curtain rings and grab a few dirty towels to add to the wash. This helps balance the machine and protect the curtain.
While it’s possible to hand wash your fabric shower curtains, it’s easier to wash them in the washing machine.
Add Baking Soda or Vinegar
Set your washer to a gentle setting. The name for this may vary depending on the machine. Then set it to a warm wash.
Next, add 1/2 cup of baking soda in with mild detergent while it’s on the wash cycle. You can also add white vinegar instead. Mixing the two together isn’t necessary and you could wind up with a science experiment instead.
Skip the Dryer
Never throw your shower curtain in the dryer because certain fabrics like cotton can shrink. Instead, hang it up on the shower rod again and let it dry naturally.
Hand Washing Plastic Shower Curtains
The benefit of PEVA or plastic curtains is that they are easy to clean. All you need to do is scrub them down once in a while. This helps keep them looking good and smelling fresh plus it prevents mildew growth.
To wash a shower curtain by hand, you’ll need a sponge or microfiber cleaning cloth. Get the cloth wet and sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on it.
Start scrubbing your curtain to clean off soap scum and other stains. Scrub the whole surface and then wash it in warm water. Afterward, revisit any stubborn stains with the baking soda again.
This takes a lot of time and effort, but a routine wipe down will prevent the need for more intense cleanings later on. You can extend the life of your shower curtain by keeping it clean, meaning you won’t have to replace it as often.
The Importance of a Clean Shower Curtain
Because it takes time to clean your shower curtains and liners, many people don’t clean them as often as they should. But neglecting to clean your shower curtain is a big mistake.
After all, you’re right next to it on a daily or almost daily basis. You want it to be clean for sanitary reasons as well as for your health.
Exposure to mold and mildew can cause either minor or severe symptoms. Those with allergies to mold may have stronger and more dangerous reactions such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Keeping a regular shower curtain cleaning schedule isn’t that hard either.
And while most people don’t let their shower curtains or liners get that bad, regular cleaning also helps them to look their best. This also helps to extend the life of the product.
Making a DIY Shower Cleaner
So how often should you clean your shower curtain and liners?
You should spray your curtain down after every shower. Use bathroom cleaners and shower sprays or make your own. To make one yourself, combine white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can add some essential oil drops for scent.
If you have a fabric shower curtain, toss it in the wash at least once a month.
Ready to Get Your Shower Curtain Clean Again?
To make your bathroom inviting, it’s important to keep it clean. Don’t neglect the shower curtain or it could wind up looking dingy and dirty. Not to mention the possibility for mildew.
A clean shower curtain is easy as long as you perform routine cleaning. Use these DIY tips to extend the life of your curtain and get the most out of your product.
But if your shower curtain looks worn or doesn’t match your decor anymore, it may be time to replace it. Buying shower curtains and looking for the right one? Check out our selection of shower curtains perfect for any bathroom decor style.