By | 10/17/2018
bathroom with shower curtains

Shower liners and curtains become unsanitary and dirty over time because of mildew, soap scum, and mold build-up. In this post, you will learn how to clean your shower curtain at home. Most shower curtains can easily be cleaned using a washing machine. You can also hand wash them by scrubbing them with warm water and baking soda.

Machine Washing

a shower curtain in a bathroomStart by placing the shower liner or curtain into the washing machine. Ensure you remove the metal hooks before placing it in the washing machine. Place at least one towel into your washing machine. This is necessary to prevent the liner or curtain from sticking to itself, wrinkling, or getting torn apart during the cleaning process. In addition, they will scrub the shower curtain as the washing process goes on. Only use towels that are clean. It is advisable to use white towels.

After this, you should add some detergent and baking soda. Just add a normal amount of detergent that you would use for your regular laundry. Then add about 200 mg of baking soda. If the shower curtains are large, you will need to adjust the amount of baking soda accordingly. Choose the highest cleaning level and use warm water.

Ensure you use a bleaching agent if there are build-up stains. If there are mild stains, a detergent and baking soda are enough. However, curtains that have a lot of mildew and stains, you should add some bleach. Do not add bleach of the shower curtain is not transparent or white. You can also add distilled vinegar during the rinse cycle. After this, you should hang the curtain to dry. It should never be dried. Instead, leave it to drip dry itself.

Hand Washing

Start this process by adding some baking soda to a damp cloth. However, the damp cloth should be clean. You can sprinkle the baking soda over the damp cloth. Using the cloth, scrub down the shower curtain. At the start, give it a light scrub. This process will not remove all the stains. In this case, your focus should be on removing basic dirt and grime only.

After this, you should rinse it with warm water. Get a new cloth and damp it with the warm water. Start by swiping it over your shower curtain to remove the water and baking soda. Ensure you scrub the curtain until no traces of baking soda are left. Add some warm water as needed.

brown shower curtainsIf there are stubborn stains, you can repeat the process. Sprinkle it with the baking soda and scrub all stains or mildew. You should focus on the areas you did not pay attention to in the first round. Again, you need to rinse your shower curtain. Just repeat the rinsing procedure above. However, in this case, you should not leave any traces of baking soda. Keep on rinsing until the shower curtain is clean.

Taking Precautions

You should take some precautions before you wash your shower curtain. Do a spot test first before using any given detergent, bleach, or cleaner on a small area of the curtain. Check for any damage or discoloration. If it causes discoloration, try a different cleaner.