How to Clean a Plastic Shower Curtain

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What You'll Need
Baking soda
Small brush

Keeping your shower clean includes cleaning your shower curtain. Dirt collects after frequent use. Once a month, you should remove the buildup and make your curtain look new again. If many people use the same shower, you might need to clean it more frequently. Follow these steps to clean your shower curtain.

Step 1 - Remove the Shower Curtain

Remove the hooks from the rings or holes that attach the curtain to the shower rod. If the hooks or rings are dirty, clean them as well.

Step 2 - Place the Vinyl Curtain in the Washing Machine

washing machine

You can wash the curtain in the washing machine with towels. Set the cycle on cold. Do not machine dry the curtain.

Step 3 - Clean Hooks and Rings

Clean the hooks and rings in the bathroom sink. Add detergent to hot water and submerge them. Use a small brush, rag, or sponge to clean them thoroughly. Rinse them completely. Alternately, put the rings in the silverware tray of the dishwasher to clean.

Step 4 - Hang the Curtain

white shower curtain

Take the hooks or rings and fit them accordingly. Attach the plastic curtain and hang it on the shower rod. Spread it so it dries naturally.

Step 5 - Control Mold on Your Shower Curtain

Mold grows on wet vinyl or plastic shower curtains. Not only is mold unsightly, but it also constitutes a health hazard. Although you can effectively clean the mold off your shower curtain, you can prevent it from growing altogether.

Mold thrives in plenty of humidity, so keep the bathroom well ventilated, especially after each shower use. Open the windows and doors to improve circulation. Spread the curtain after each use to allow it to dry. Ensure the hem is away from the tub so it dries better. For a more immediate drying, use a washcloth or squeegee to wipe away any water from the curtain after each use.

Treat mold with vinegar or bleach and a sponge. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the mold areas and rub it vigorously with a sponge or rag. If mold grows extensively on the curtain, dip it in a small bucket the solution and swish the curtain around until the mold disappears.