There’s no golden rule on the best way to wash shower curtains. You just need to know some basic tips to remove soap scum and mold stains and prevent the curtain and liner from being ruined at the end of the washing process.
You don’t need special equipment or being an expert to leave your shower curtains clean and shiny. Today you’ll learn how to do it in simple steps.
Why Do Clean Your Shower Curtain Instead of Change?
Synthetic shower curtains aren’t too expensive, so replacing them isn’t a problem. However, if it has been several years since you bought your curtain and want to change it for the same model; you may not be able to do it.
After a while, some models stop being manufactured. If it’s a luxury curtain made with natural materials, you’ll surely need much money to change it for another one with the same quality.
Fortunately, with periodic maintenance it’s possible to extend useful life of your shower curtains. In addition, you’ll spend much less money on cleaning products than on a brand new curtain.
If you think there’s no remedy when mold and soap remains have stolen the shine and life of your curtains, you’re wrong. With common products such as bleach, vinegar and baking soda, you can get amazing results.
Ways of How to Clean Shower Curtain
Here some simple ways to clean a shower curtain. If you read this part clearly, you can do it yourself.
Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are excellent for removing the most stuck spots. The combined action of acid and base helps eliminate all kinds of microorganisms, including fungi and bacteria. This is what you should do:
- Fill the washing machine with warm water (about 60º C).
- Pour the indicated amount of detergent into the water with ½ cup of baking soda.
- Insert the shower curtain, the liner and a pair of towels or thick cloth into the washing machine. Towels will prevent the plastic liner from sticking to the walls of the washer and breaking during the wash cycle.
- Before starting the rinse cycle, stop the washer. Add ½ cup of white vinegar in the water. Start the cycle again.
- Stop the washer before starting the spin cycle. Then remove the liner and let it dry in a cool dry place.
- Resume the spin cycle and finish the washing process of the curtain and towels. At the end, let the curtain dry in a cool and dry place.
Sodium hypochlorite, better known as bleach, is a product widely distributed in the world. It’s commonly used as a disinfectant, although it also has other important uses in the chemical industry.
Replacing the baking soda and vinegar from the previous procedure with bleach will help you get equally good results. However, you must be careful when handling this product because it can be toxic.
Bleach isn’t recommended for shower curtains made with natural fibers. Also, make sure not to put colored towels in the washing machine during the washing process.
Use Salt to Prevent Mold from Growing Again
High concentrations of salt prevent the reproduction of fungi. Immersing your shower curtains in salt water will have the same effect. Just follow these simple steps:
- Follow the same steps mentioned above to wash the shower curtains in the washing machine. In this case, use only the recommended half of detergent and 1 cup of vinegar.
- At the end of the washing process, let the curtain rest in the bathtub or in a large enough container. Cover the curtain with water and add 1 cup of salt. Then stir so that the salt dissolves and let the curtain rest in the solution for 3 hours.
- Finally, dry the curtain in a cool and dry place.
Using Baking Soda and A Damp Cloth
When washing machines cannot reach the most difficult places, it’s time to do a manual cleaning. To do this you only need warm water, a dry microfiber cloth and enough baking soda. This is what you should do:
- Dampen the cloth in warm water. Then, sprinkle it with baking soda, making sure to leave a thin and even layer.
- Carefully rub the surface of the curtain with the cloth and apply extra pressure on difficult stains.
- Then, moisten a clean, dry cloth in warm water and remove excess baking soda over the curtain. Repeat the same process several times until the curtain is perfectly clean.
Surely you didn’t know that there were so many different ways to wash a curtain. Applying two or more procedures at the same time will help you get rid of the ugly mold spots and soap scum.
Remember to be careful when working with bleach and don’t overdo the concentrations of your cleaning products. That way, you’ll protect the curtain fibers and extend their lifespan.