Having a dirty shower curtain is a common problem that most homes face. In order to make sure that you’re removing mold and mildew from your bathroom it’s important to clean your shower curtain. In this post, you’ll learn how to clean a plastic shower curtain.
The steps I take to clean aplastic shower curtain will shock you. It couldn’t be simpler to clean your shower curtain.
This weekend, I noticed that the clear plastic curtain was looking pretty rough – it had a thin white film over it, and the bottom edge was turning red.
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I assume the film was due to all the chlorine our city uses in the water, but I have no idea where the red tinge on the bottom came from – maybe from one of the kids’ bubble-bath. It was difficult to notice the slight discolorations, due to the cotton curtain that I had placed over it.
It’s not really surprising, though – plastic shower curtains take a lot of abuse. The constant use of the shower and the constant spraying of harsh tub-cleaning chemicals leave shower curtains looking less than their best.
Cleaning your plastic shower curtain instead of replacing it
At first, I decided that I’d just throw this curtain away, and go buy a new one. It’s only $10, right? However, with gas and grocery prices increasing daily, I figured that I should at least try to salvage the old curtain. $10 is a few gallons of gas at today’s prices.
First, I tried spraying the plastic shower curtain with an all-purpose cleaner and rinsing it with hot water. My all-purpose cleaner usually will clean anything. Well, except for dingy plastic shower curtains. It looked like I’d be heading to the local Target for a replacement curtain.
How to clean a plastic shower curtain
However, I was a bit frustrated with all the effort I’d put into this project, and didn’t want to give up so easily. So, in a last-ditch effort, I took the plastic curtain down out of the shower rod, and tossed it in the washer on a warm setting, along with plenty of laundry soap and bleach. I was not expecting much when I opened the washer after the spin cycle had ended. I was surprised to pull out a shower curtain that looked brand-new!
Supplies for how to clean plastic shower curtain
The supplies are minimal which is fantastic. To clean your plastic shower curtain you’ll need:
The process to clean the plastic shower curtain
The process you’ll need for how to clean a plastic shower curtain is quite simple. I have a front load washer so I just added the plastic shower liner to the washer and then added the laundry soap and some bleach.
Then I set it to the delicate cycle. Allow the washing machine to do its job.
When the cycle is complete you’ll have a beautiful plastic shower curtain ready to be hung back up.
Why it’s important to clean your plastic shower curtain
It’s important to washer your plastic shower liner so you can remove mold and mildew from the home. A lot of the time people just replace the liner but plastic does take a long time to break down and I don’t think shower liners are recyclable.
So it’s important to the planet to try to clean the shower liner before replacing it.
Tips for cleaning your plastic shower curtain
A few tips to make the cleaning of your plastic liner a little easier are:
- take a rag or sponge and wipe down your shower curtain first before you toss it into the washer.
- make sure there aren’t any rips or tears on the plastic shower curtain.
How to clean plastic shower curtain without a washer (or by hand)
If you’d like to washer your plastic shower curtain by hand or don’t have a washer you’ll want to take the following steps:
- Spray an all-purpose cleaner over the shower liner
- Wipe down with a rag or sponge
- Fill the tub with warm water and some bleach
- Soak the shower liner in the tub for about 30 minutes
- Spot clean any areas that didn’t come clean
By following these steps you can clean a plastic shower curtain without a washer.
Clean plastic shower curtain
I am actually glad that I took the time to try to restore an existing item, instead of running straight to the store for a replacement. I saved a little bit of cash and got a slight sense of accomplishment. Now I’m looking around my home for other ways I can save money. With today’s economy, every penny counts!
By pulling the shower liner off the shower rod and putting it in the washing machine I was able to sanitize the shower curtain and make it look good as new by just running it through the washing machine.
It took just a few minutes of my time to do this and I saved myself time and money going to the store to replace it.
Do you have a shower curtain looking a little rough? Are you going to be trying this method instead of replacing your shower curtain? I would love to know in the comments below.
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