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Help! Gross Shower Curtain Alert In Charlotte, NC

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Ewww- what is the gross stuff on my shower curtain?

Whether you clean your bathroom every day or once a week there is likely a spot you are missing: the shower curtain. We get why, it can seem daunting to clean a shower curtain or unnecessary, but what you may not realize is that shower curtains can harbor 60X more bacteria than a toilet seat. Gross!

Thankfully cleaning your shower curtain can remove that bacteria and keep your shower curtain fresh for much longer. Cleaning your shower curtain is also an important step in the mold removal process in bathrooms. 

We recommend sticking with fabric shower curtain liners to make this process easier, but plastic liners can be washed too. 

  • The easiest method is a half-cup of baking soda and a towel in the washing machine with your shower curtain liner. The baking soda cuts through the grime and the towel will help wipe it off. This works for both fabric and plastic curtains.
  • After the wash cycle is finished put a half-cup of vinegar in during the rinse cycle to break down leftover dirt.
  • After your shower curtain is washed hang it back up to dry. 

If you don’t have access to a washing machine, don’t lose hope.

  • Fill your tub or sink with an oxygen whitener and water and use a soft scrub brush to remove grime.
  • After scrubbing, soak the liner in vinegar and baking soda. 

Now that you know how to wash your shower curtain, how often should you do it?

Once a month washing is the best way to prolong the life of a shower curtain. Keeping mold and mildew off the curtain helps protect it from breaking down as quickly.

If you’ve reached the point of a stained shower curtain that just won't come clean it is time to replace it.


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