Below is a video showing several ways to clean a shower curtain.
The reason, of course, to clean a shower curtain is when it starts to get moldy and mildewy, and starts to look really nasty.
You don't want to be taking a shower next to that, do you?
So, when your shower curtain starts to look pretty nasty you could just throw it away and get a new one, especially if it is just a cheap vinyl one.
However, you may have a nice cloth shower curtain, or a fancy print on your curtain that you really like, and don't want to get rid of it, or you may be feeling frugal and environmentally friendly and want to reuse what you've got.
In any case cleaning a shower curtain is really simple to do. If you've got a cloth shower curtain just throw it in the wash, with laundry detergent, and then dry it.
If you've got a vinyl curtain you can wash it too, using laundry detergent and white vinegar. The video below says to wash it on the gentle cycle, but I have had no problem with a sturdier wash, personally.
You want to throw a couple of towels in with a vinyl curtain, and the video does not explain why, but it is because the towels rub against the curtain and help get all that nasty stuff off.
I also suggest washing in hot water to help kill all the mold and mildew on the shower curtain, so it doesn't grow back.
When it is finished washing just hang it back up in the shower and let it drip dry.
The video also says how to wash a vinyl curtain when you don't have a washing machine handy, but I think it sounds like a lot more work. If I had to I would just lug it down to the laundry mat with the rest of my clothes.
Here is the video for full details:
So, have you had any trouble washing a vinyl shower curtain in the washer on a setting other than gentle? I would love to know, so tell me in the comments.
Once a month I take my shower curtain and put it in the washing machine with a couple of old towels, just as you suggest. I don't use added detergent, as with daily use of soaps, shower gels and shampoos, a hot wash at 60C in the machine is enough for my fabric curtain.
If you have a vinyl or waterproof type curtain, possibly 60C may be a little too hot, and I would opt for a 50C wash.
I clean my bathroom daily, though once a week I go for the big clean-up. This also includes the shower curtain, which can tend to get mildew spots.
I've a good tip to avoid these. What I do: I get a spray bottle of Clorox Clean-Up, the one in the green bottle. I spray the black spots on my curtain and on any ceramic tiles or grouting, and I leave it.
When I check back next time I use the shower I find they have all completely disappeared.
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