How Do I Clean My Shower Curtain?

You can't just look at dirty bathroom shower curtains in your home and do nothing about it, can you? Moreover, molds love to settle in moist environments, and shower curtains and toilets are exactly where they hide. Cleaning shower curtains is a simple task. Let's take a look at the steps involved in the process.


Why You Should Clean Your Shower Curtain?

Cleaning a shower curtain is an important task that is often overlooked. It is thought to be an insignificant piece of fabric and only serves as a cover. But you should know the reasons why it is necessary to clean your shower curtain:

To Prevent the Growth of Mold and Mildew

Moisture and mold are linked to 21% of asthma cases in the United States, accounting for about 4.6 million asthma cases. This means that mold can irritate those who suffer from respiratory conditions such as COPD, allergies, and asthma.

Regular cleaning helps prevent mold growth and reduces potential respiratory problems and allergies, thus safeguarding your health. And mold can lead to unsightly stains and unpleasant odors.

Extend the Life of the Shower Curtain

Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of soap scum and hard water stains that can degrade the material of your shower curtain over time.
If the shower curtain and liner have visible mildew, a lingering musty smell, or visible stains and discoloration. Cleaning is something that needs to be done.

Preparing to Clean My Shower Curtain

Alright, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get ready to give your shower curtain some much-needed TLC. Before we dive into the cleaning process, let's make sure we have everything we need and know how to safely take down the curtain.


  1. Brushes
  2. Mild Detergent
  3. Cleaning Solution
  4. Vinegar Solution
  5. Stain Remover
    Now that you have all the necessary tools at your disposal, let's move on to taking down your shower curtain safely.

    Taking Down Your Curtain

    Before removing your shower curtain for cleaning:
    1. Prepare Your Workspace: Clear out any personal items from the shower area so that you have plenty of space to work without any obstructions.
    2. Unhook the Curtain: Carefully unhook the shower curtain from its rings or hooks. Be gentle to avoid tearing or damaging the fabric or plastic material.
    3. Handle with Care: Once unhooked, handle the curtain carefully as it may be wet and heavy. Avoid dragging it on the floor to prevent additional dirt or damage.
    4. Store Properly: If you plan to wash it later or if it's not machine washable, store it in a dry place until you're ready to begin cleaning.
    By following these simple steps and gathering all necessary supplies beforehand, you're well-prepared to tackle cleaning your shower curtain effectively!

    Step-by-Step Guide to Clean My Shower Curtain

    Now that you've gathered all the necessary tools and safely taken down your shower curtain, it's time to dive into the cleaning process. Different types of shower curtains require different cleaning methods, so let's explore the step-by-step guide for effectively cleaning both fabric and plastic curtains.

    Fabric Shower Curtains

    High-quality fabric shower curtains are more durable and resistant to wear and tear than plastic or PVC. That's why most fabric shower curtains are safe to wash in the washing machine, but it's best to use the gentle cycle with a small amount of mild laundry detergent. Check label instructions to ensure proper handling.
    1. Pretreat Stains: Pretreat all visible stains with a mixture of warm water and neutral detergent before throwing the fabric shower curtain in the washer. Gently scrub affected areas with a soft brush or sponge.
    2. Machine Wash: Place fabric shower curtains in the washing machine in cold water with a neutral detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals or bleach as they can damage the fabric. Wash on a gentle cycle to prevent damage to the shower curtain material.
    3. Dry: At the end of the wash cycle, remove the curtain from the washing machine, air dry, and re-hang it in the bathroom.

    By following these simple steps, you will be able to effectively clean your fabric shower curtains without causing any damage in the process.


    Waterproof Shower Curtains

    Our waterproof shower curtains are made of polyester brazing material, combined with a waterproof coating, making them more waterproof and durable, and machine washable. Here are some simple steps and tips to help you clean your waterproof shower curtain effectively:

    1. Use a washing machine: Place the shower curtain in the washing machine. To prevent the shower curtain from rubbing excessively in the washing machine, add a few towels.
    2. Add detergent: Use a mild laundry detergent. Avoid strong detergents with bleach, as they may damage the waterproof coating.
    3. Set the wash cycle: Choose a mild wash cycle and use cold water to protect the material and waterproof performance of the shower curtain.
    4. Air dry: Re-hang the shower curtain to dry naturally, or lay it flat to dry in a well-ventilated area. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight as this may damage the material.
    5. Use an anti-mold spray: After washing and drying, consider lightly spraying your shower curtain with an anti-mold spray to help prevent mold growth.

    If you notice that your shower curtain is damaged or that its waterproofing properties have weakened, you may want to consider replacing it with a new one.


    Quick Cleaning Tips

    If you want a quick fix without removing your shower curtain, consider cleaning it with a vinegar solution:
    1. Vinegar spray: Get in the habit of spraying your shower curtain and liner daily with a mixture of half water and half distilled white vinegar. To neutralize the vinegar smell, it helps to add a few drops of lemon oil to the mixture. This process helps break down mold and soap scum on fabric and plastic curtains. The best part? There's no need to rinse as it will be washed off in your next shower.
    2. Spray and wipe: When the shower curtain is hung in the proper position, spray this vinegar solution liberally over the curtain, focusing on areas prone to mold growth or soap scum buildup. Wipe these areas thoroughly with a clean microfiber cloth.
    3. Stubborn stains: For cotton shower curtains, for example, you may need to scrub with a brush for stubborn spots or persistent mold growth.
    4. Proper ventilation: Keep your bathroom clean, dry and well-ventilated. Proper ventilation plays an important role in preventing mold growth on shower curtains. After each shower, close the curtain completely to minimize moisture exposure.

    Incorporating these simple, everyday tips into your routine will help prevent shower curtains from growing mold while ensuring a fresh, inviting bathroom space.

    When Replace Your Curtain

    Knowing when it's time to bid farewell to your current shower curtain is just as important as keeping it clean. Here are some signs that indicate it might be time for a replacement:

    • Persistent Mold or Mildew: If despite regular cleaning efforts, persistent mold or mildew continues to appear on your shower curtain, it may be time for a new one. The mold that keeps coming back could indicate deep-seated issues within the fabric or plastic material.
    • Visible Wear and Tear: Over time, wear and tear become inevitable for any shower curtain. If you notice visible signs of deterioration such as rips, tears, or discoloration that don't respond to cleaning efforts, consider replacing the curtain.
    • Unpleasant Odors: Lingering musty odors that persist even after thorough cleaning may indicate that mold has penetrated deep into the fabric or plastic material of the curtain. In such cases, replacing the curtain is often the best solution.

    Ownkoti offers a wide selection of shower curtains, including waterproof shower curtains, bohemian shower curtains, rustic shower curtains, solid colors, and other shower curtain styles. We also have matching hooks. Sizes range from 39 inches wide x 71 inches long to 71 inches wide x 94 inches long.

    Related read: What size is a standard shower curtain?

    If you need to replace your shower curtain, please feel free to contact us and we will provide you with the most suitable shower curtain for your bathroom style.

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