How to Clean a Cloth Shower Curtain

by Robin Neorr

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Things You Need:

  • 1/2 cup borax or baking soda
  • 1/2 cup powdered laundry detergent
  • White vinegar

The look of your bathroom isn't complete without the right shower curtain. Over time, this bathroom centerpiece can take a serious beating. Shower curtains are exposed to soap scum, dirt, and grime on a daily basis. It's no wonder they start to look dingy, but you can take care of this problem in just a few easy steps. Clean it every few months to help keep your bathroom looking its best and feeling fresh.

Cleaning a Cloth Shower Curtain:

  1. Remove the curtain. Remove your cloth shower curtain from the rings it is hanging from in your shower. Now is a good time to give the shower rod a quick wipe to remove buildup and to soak the shower-curtain rings in a gallon bucket of water mixed with 1/2 cup of vinegar to freshen them.

  2. Mix baking soda and laundry detergent. Mix together 1/2 cup of borax or baking soda and 1/2 of cup powdered laundry detergent. Borax is usually available in your local grocery store right next to the cleaning supplies.

  3. Wash the shower curtain. Place your curtain in the washing machine. Add a towel or two if you have a large capacity machine. Choose the warm water setting and the gentle cycle, and then start the washing machine. Sprinkle the detergent mixture in the wash tub while it fills with warm water. Don't use bleach on your cloth shower curtain unless it's white.

  4. Add vinegar. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the load during the rinse cycle. You may want to make sure to add the vinegar when the water has completely filled the washer to avoid any residue and odor.

  5. Dry the curtain. Remove the shower curtain from your washing machine and immediately hang it up to drip-dry. Don't dry your shower curtain in your automatic dryer; this may shrink the curtain. If your shower curtain is wrinkled, iron it on a low heat setting once it is completely dry.

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