Clean Your Plastic Shower Curtain

One of the hardest items I have to clean is a shower curtain, specifically a plastic shower curtain.

Honestly, I normally just spray them and wipe them down a little bit, or ignore them and hope nobody notices. It’s not like I can stick them in the washer without risking ruining the washer or tearing up the curtain (especially the flimsy, thin plastic curtains). But spraying them and wiping them while they’re still hanging is so difficult!

But I inherited a shower curtain when I moved into this place. I’m very thankful for it. Without it, water would go all over the bathroom floor and it would probably get moldy. But, mold has been accumulating on the curtain, even more since I’ve gotten here, it seems. At first, it just seemed like a little bit at the bottom, but has climbed up the curtain to about half way, if not farther. I tried spraying it and wiping it, but to no avail.

Then a thought hit me. I have to thank God for it, as I’m sure He was looking down on the situation and had a much better idea than my silly attempt to clean it (in vain). The thought hit me to soak it in bleach water. Now, I don’t have a bucket big enough (except maybe the garbage can, but I don’t want to use that), so then I thought, we’ll fill the sink! Which sink? The bathroom sink, of course.

So, here’s what you do. And this is for plastic shower curtains only. I think if you use any color other than clear or plastic, it might ruin the color of it, but should at least be clean. I have a thin white plastic curtain. It might not work the same on all curtains, but it’s worth a try. At least it’s a good way to disinfect it.

Then plug the sink. If your bathroom sink’s not deep enough and you have a bucket, you can use a bucket. If you don’t have a bucket, you may need to use the kitchen sink (Just clean it afterward, ok?).

Turn on the faucet and let the water run into the sink (or the bucket). Make sure the plug is working and the water stays in the sink, by filling it about an inch deep, turning off the water, and letting it sit for about 5-10 minutes to make sure it stays.

Open your bathroom (or kitchen, if using the kitchen) window (if you don’t have a window in the bathroom, keep your door open and/or turn on the ceiling fan (if you have one), and open the nearest window. Open the window wide, as wide as possible (so it’s best not to do this on a rainy or a too-cold day). Bleach fumes can be dangerous.

Add about 1/4-1/2 a cup of bleach to the water ink the sink/bucket.

Stuff the shower curtain into the sink/bucket.

Fill the sink/bucket with hot water, enough so that the curtain is covered as much as possible (completely is recommended). You might need to put something on the curtain to keep it from floating. Make sure it’s something waterproof and bleach resistant, or something that you don’t mind ruining.

Turn off the water. If you have a window wide open in your bathroom, close the door to let the fumes go out the window. Use a fan if it’s needed to help push the fumes out the window.

Get out of the bathroom before you close the door. And if you are doing this in your kitchen sink or another room, leave the room for a while. If you live in a small place like an apartment, you may need to get out of the apartment for a while.

Let the curtain soak for a few hours.

Come back and rub off the rest of the mold or other filth with a sponge. If it’s mold, most of it should be done.

And there you have it, a clean shower curtain.


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