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How To Wash Plastic Shower Curtains

Bath time is one of the most relaxing highlights of the day that should involve little or no inconvenience. However, concentrating becomes difficult when you spot a mildew-covered shower curtain with clear hard water stains and soap grime. 

Plastic Shower Curtains prevent water spills from the shower. They get soaked with moisture often. The idea of washing plastic curtains is genius, and it's convenient as you pop them in the washing machine. Specific tidbits are involved, and these hacks will give you the comfort of doing the process with ease. 

How often should I wash my plastic curtains?

Despite popular opinion, people say that washing shower curtains is a waste of time. You can simply run the shower water through them, which is good. This statement is incorrect. Shower curtains are easily prone to tons of bacteria because of being neglected during deep cleaning, and the constant infestation of mildew and soap makes them dirty and disgusting. Ensure that your shower curtains get the necessary attention whenever your bathrooms get a deep cleaning session. Usually, once a month is fine, provided you clean them in the washing machine as instructed. 

Ways to Wash a Plastic Curtain 

Washing Machine 

This method is quick and easy for anyone who owns a washing machine. Make sure your machine can take the load. 

  • Remove the plastic curtain from the rail gently. Remove any hooks or rings, so they don’t get caught in the rinse cycle. 
  • Add mild detergent, baking soda, and vinegar to the cycle. 
  • Start a 15-minute cycle in gentle settings. 
  • Once done, drain the excess water and let the curtain dry in the fresh air. 
  • Avoid putting your shower curtain in the dryer, as that can harm the plastic. Depending on the quality of the shower curtain, it can scrunch up, which will be of no use to you. 

Hand Washing 

Washing your shower curtain is another quick method that cleans it perfectly and delivers the same squeaky clean results in a short amount of time. 

  • You can put your curtain in a large plastic tub and mix it with some water, vinegar, and baking soda. 
  • Let it soak in the mixture for a while, and then spread it out. 
  • Use a soft bristle brush to scrub off any mildew that appears to stick. 
  • Put the wet shower curtain in the fresh air so it completely dries out before installing it in the shower tub again. 

Using bleach or ammonia-based cleaners is a definite no. You should either use the methods mentioned above or use a concentrated vinegar and baking soda mixture to get rid of the excess mildew and grime, 

How to maintain a plastic shower curtain?

If you don’t want to invest in a new plastic curtain each time, then maintaining your existing one is your best bet. Make it a habit of cleaning the curtain with some detergent and vinegar every time you shower, using a soft bristle brush. Regularly maintaining and cleaning the shower curtain will require less detailed cleaning and save you some energy. Another plus point is that it doesn’t need to be removed each time you clean it - making it a faster and more convenient cleaning solution. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or harmful cleaners that are not suitable for plastic shower curtains. These can fade the colors and even burn the material. You need a surefire way to maintain your space with certain hacks that will save time and energy. 

How to remove Mildew and Mold from shower curtains?

Because of the constant exposure to moisture and humidity, these shower curtains can develop mold, which is harmful to inhale for any living being. Without a lot of effort, you can simply remove mold or mildew with a simple, concentrated solution of vinegar and water. 

Spray the mixture on to the shower curtain and remove the grime using a sponge after 15 minutes. It should come right off without any struggle. Wash it with clear water and let it dry completely before reinstalling it on the curtain rail. 

Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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