The Easy Way To Clean A Shower Curtain

Trying to figure out the best way to clean a shower curtain? Just mentioning the topic swiftly reminds me of the occasional childhood Saturday’s when my dad would call me outside for an exciting chore (note the sarcasm). Neatly spread out on the grass would be our white shower curtain, along with a bucket of warm, soapy water and a scrub brush beside it. My job was to scrub all of the mildew and scum off of the curtain until it was nice and clean again. Yay.

When I got married, moved out, and had my own shower curtain to clean, I decided that there must be a better way to clean the thing! To my absolute delight, I found a great method which didn’t include a bucket or scrub brush, and I’ve been doing it for the past 9 years. Here it is:

Place your shower curtain in the washing machine along with two or three white towels. Fill with warm water; add detergent and 1/2 c. baking soda and wash. When it comes to the rinse cycle, add 1 c. white vinegar. Hang dry on curtain rod.

Works wonderfully. No more hand scrubbing for me!

What about you? Have you found a better way to clean a shower curtain?

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7 thoughts on “The Easy Way To Clean A Shower Curtain”

  1. We have a white cloth shower curtain liner that I bought because I figured it would be easier to bleach the scum out of it than to try to keep a plastic liner clean. Of course, I quickly found out that bleach DOESN’T get that nasty stuff out very well, and so the bottom 8 inches of our liner became permanently orange (yuck) no matter how much I washed it. I came across this post on Pinterest today, tried it, and OH MY GOODNESS I was so amazed at how well it worked!! My curtain liner is WHITE again, yay!!! I will definitely be using this method from now on.

    I’m also in LOVE with your blog now – I’ve been following suggested link after suggested link all afternoon it seems like. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us homestead wannabes! 🙂

  2. I’ve been doing this for years. I throw fabric softener into the rinse and that dissolves the soap scum, but vinegar would probably work better. I’ll try that next time! It does work great, and is earth friendly too. Before, I would just throw away the liner and buy a new one.

  3. This is why I snagged myself two white, cloth shower curtains several years ago.
    Throw in the washer with some oxiclean or just a wash or two with regular detergent, then throw on the clothesline for the sun to do the majority of the work. 😀 Easy for me, and smells fabulous when all done and clean.


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