Who would have thought that your shower curtains can get dirty? Well, due to constant exposure to moisture, soap, and scum, they do get pretty filthy. In this article, you will find out the best tips on how to clean a shower curtain without taking it down.
Why do you need to clean your shower curtain?
Most people assume that since your shower curtain is exposed to water and soap, it cannot possibly get dirty. However, quite contrary to that, your shower curtains get dirty due to constant exposure to these factors. Soap and scum can build up residue on your shower curtains and make them look quite nasty. The excess moisture also leads to mold buildup on the curtains. Below you will learn how to clean the shower curtain without having to take it down, as this will make the process easier, faster, and ensure that you do not end up wasting water in the process.
How to clean a shower curtain with soap and water
Every once in a while, regular cleaning of your shower curtain will kill germs and bacteria and ensure that it looks fresh and new once again. Use this super easy method to clean your shower curtains regularly without having to take it down.
- Using a spray bottle, take some mild antiseptic soap and warm water. Fill up the spray bottle with it and shake it well. If you wish to, you can add a drop of lemon juice to this, as it will clean your shower curtain even more thoroughly, cutting through the soap scum, and transfer a pleasant fragrance to your shower curtains.
- You do not need to take off your shower curtains from the hook. Just spray the soap and water solution on either side of the shower curtain.
- Use a sponge to scrub the shower curtain in small, circular gentle motions.
- Take your shower head and rinse off the shower curtain.
- Allow it to dry naturally. Keep your bathroom well ventilated while doing this so it can dry off faster.
How to clean a shower curtain with toothpaste
If the soap and water solution seems a little too mild to remove stains, mildew, scum or even mold from your shower curtains, a little bit of toothpaste can do just the trick. Toothpaste is a gentle abrasive which can remove all signs of stains and even add a refreshing smell to your shower curtains. Here is how you can do it:
- Avoid using a gel toothpaste for this method and use a regular white toothpaste instead.
- Soak a sponge in water for a few seconds and squeeze out the excess water such that your sponge is only slightly damp.
- Apply some toothpaste directly on the damp sponge.
- Using small, circular motions, clean and scrub your shower curtain. In case you see any spots, stains, scum, mold or mildew, pay some extra attention to those areas when you are cleaning.
- Avoid being too harsh, instead, only move your hand in circular motions to remove any stains.
- Rinse off the shower curtain in warm water using a mug and a bucket, or just your shower head.
- Keep the bathroom area well ventilated and allow the shower curtains to dry naturally.
How to clean a shower curtain with vinegar
Vinegar is a fantastic solution when removing soap scum, mildew, mold, and any stains. Here is how you can use vinegar on your shower curtain:
- In a spray bottle, put 10% vinegar, or make a vinegar and water mixture using distilled vinegar and water.
- Spray the vinegar solution directly on to your shower curtain. Allow it to soak for a while. You could wait for 10 minutes if you are going for gentle cleaning, or you could let it soak for longer if your shower curtains need a deep cleaning.
- Using your shower head or a bucket of water, rinse off the vinegar from your shower curtain using warm water.
- Continue rinsing it out until you’ve managed to remove all the vinegar from your shower curtain.
- Allow it to dry naturally.
How to clean a shower curtain with bleach
You need to be careful when you are using this method as you don’t want the fumes of the bleach to affect you, especially the skin on your hands. It is best to keep your bathroom well ventilated for this method and wear protective goggles and gloves.
- Take 1 pint of household bleach and add one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid to it. Dilute the solution using water.
- Fill up a spray bottle with this solution and spray it on to the affected areas of your shower curtain (the affected areas with stains, spots, mildew, mold and soap scum).
- Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off well using warm water.
- Make sure that you keep your bathroom area well ventilated for this as the bleach might affect you.
- If you see that the stains are quite stubborn, you can use a soft sponge or a brush to scrub those specific areas before rinsing it off with the warm water.
How to prevent shower curtains from getting moldy and dirty
Regular cleaning of your shower curtains can ensure that they do not get unsanitary. A constant build-up of soap scum and mildew can be quite harmful to you and those who use your shower.
- Make a solution of half water and half distilled vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. Spray this solution on your shower curtains every day after a shower.
- As soon as you finished showering, rinse off any residue of soap and shampoo from your shower curtains. You can even keep a clean cloth to dry off the shower curtains before getting out of the bathroom.
- Keep your bathroom well ventilated so that any excess moisture dries up quickly from your shower curtains.
- Keep your shower curtain as short as possible. Cut out any excess shower liner you might have as it can attract mold spores.
These are some of the simplest remedies that you can use to clean your dirty shower curtains without ever having to remove them from their hooks!