Since shower curtains are exposed to lots of water, they can get mildew, which is a type of fungus. Here are some tips for cleaning your shower curtain.
Put it in your washing machine
If your shower curtain is plastic, it can probably be machine-washed. As long as you wash it at a low temperature like 30 degrees Celsius, it won’t melt of get damaged. Check the curtain’s care label first to check that it’s machine-washable.
Shower curtains are usually made of slippery materials, so it can be hard for the action of a washing machine to dislodge dirt from them. That’s why it’s a good idea to add a few towels to create some friction which will help dislodge the dirt. You can also try adding half a cup of baking soda to your regular detergent.
Wash by hand
There are a several ways to clean a shower curtain without a washing machine. You could soak it in the bathtub with some diluted vinegar or diluted bleach. Then drain the bath and scrub it to remove grime and mildew.
Cleaning a shower curtain without taking it down
If you can’t remove your shower curtain, you can try spraying some diluted bleach on it with a spray bottle and scrubbing it before finally rinsing it with a handheld shower attachment.
Buying a new shower curtain
Shower curtains only cost a few quid, so it might be easier to just buy a new one rather than trying to clean it yourself. If you want to avoid the problem of mould or mildew in the future, you should consider getting a water-repellent shower curtain, which will reduce or prevent mildew. InterDesign produce some water-repellent fabric shower curtains such as these on Amazon, which are available in a large choice of colours and are designed to be mould and mildew resistant.