One of my least favorite childhood chores was cleaning our family bathroom. Whatever cleaner and cloth I was armed with was no match for the mildew growing on the glass shower doors.
I now have a shower curtain and a much better mold and mildew remover as an adult, but after recently moving, I knew it was time to look for a new shower curtain liner. During my search, I discovered an $12 option that's so popular, it's consistently ranked as a top buy on Amazon's list of bestsellers in Home & Kitchen. (In fact, it's also currently the No. 1 bestseller in Shower Curtain Liners.) After reading the thousands of verified five-star reviews, I immediately added it to my cart.
It's easy to hang
This liner is so easy to hang, it doesn't even come with instructions. I also didn't have to measure anything as it fits all standard-size showers and can work with straight or curved shower rods. All I had to do was provide the curtain hooks, which I already owned!
What separates this liner from others I've had in the past are the weighted magnets. They are strategically spread out at the bottom of the liner and stick to my tub to keep it in place. This feature comes in handy when trying to keep cold air out — something I can seriously appreciate during this brutal Montana winter.
Plastic, especially plastic that my bare skin has a good chance of coming in contact with, makes me nervous. But this liner isn't made of PVC, which is known to emit that just-off-the-assembly-line smell. Instead, it's made of PEVA, which is essentially a vinyl material that's becoming incredibly popular as an eco-friendly alternative. The manufacturer claims that its PEVA is nontoxic and chemical-free. I'm not a scientist, so I can't say for sure that it's safer, but I can say I have peace of mind with this liner since it doesn't have that overpowering whiff of plastic.
It's not mildew-friendly
Mildew isn't as bad as its more potent and darker-colored counterpart: mold. Still, it's not something I want growing in my shower. That's why I liked reading that this liner inhibits mildew growth thanks to its antimicrobial properties. I don't know if that's true since I'm not in the business of growing and monitoring mildew. However, I do know that I've yet to see a single sign of bacteria on this one — and all I've done in terms of cleaning and maintenance is wipe it down and rinse it off every few days. (It's machine-washable, although I have a hard time imagining it getting so dirty that I'd have to take it down and add it to my laundry.)
While I wouldn't change much about my childhood, I certainly would have liked to have had this liner instead of those darn doors. Life is too short for unnecessary chores.
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This article was originally published on May 11, 2020.