Follow along as handyman Bob Vila shares tips for cleaning the shower curtain and liner. It’s so easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
How to wash a shower curtain and how to clean a shower curtain liner
- Remove the rings, then toss the curtain and the liner in the washing machine along with a couple of white towels. The towels will provide extra scrubbing for better cleaning.
- Add the regular amount of detergent and ½ to 1 cup of baking soda.
- Wash in warm or hot water at the highest level.
- At the rinse cycle, add ½ to 1 cup of distilled white vinegar.
- Allow fabric curtains to run through the spin cycle, then hang to dry. There's no need to put it in the dryer.
To remove extra heavy mildew from a white or clear shower curtain/liner, add a cup of bleach to the wash water. For colored curtains/liners, try OxiClean, Clorox 2 or another bleach alternative instead.
Basically, every shower curtain is washable, but to be on the safe side, check the instructions on the care tag first.
- Most bar soaps cause soap scum. Use body wash or a non-soap cleansing bar instead of bar soap.
- Make it part of your daily routine to spray the shower curtain and liner with a mixture of half water, half distilled white vinegar. To tame the vinegar smell, add a few drops of lemon oil to the mix. There's no need to rinse as it will wash off the next time you shower.
- Once a week, spray the bottom of the curtain and liner with the vinegar/water mixture then scrub with a brush. This will remove any buildup you might have missed with daily spraying.
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This article was originally published on TODAY.com on Feb. 17, 2016.