How to Clean Shower Curtains

Since shower curtains are exposed to lots of water, they can acquire 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 or 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 bicarbonate of 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.