Yes, of course, you clean your shower and bathroom, but how frequently do you clean your shower liner or plastic shower curtain? If you are like many other people, your answer is not too often. You might not even know that washing a plastic shower curtain can be done, and that means you most likely will replace one when it starts looking dirty.
I have good news for you. Washing plastic shower curtains can be done and it isn’t a difficult process either. Check out the following tips to learn how to clean your shower curtain so you don’t need to throw yours out every couple of months.
Pretreat The Shower Curtain
It can really do wonders to pretreat a plastic shower curtain in order to prevent nasty soap scum buildup.
Whenever you buy a new plastic shower curtain, put it through your washing machine’s rinse cycle with a small amount of distilled white vinegar. Set the water temperature on warm instead of hot since you don’t want to end up with a melted shower curtain in the bottom of your washing machine. You might also want to check on the curtain after a couple of minutes and check on the temperature.
Once the rinse cycle is done, just hang your clean shower liner or curtain up to dry. Your pretreatment process should prevent the shower curtain from becoming scummy as quickly as an untreated curtain.
Methods For Washing A Shower Curtain
There are two major methods that can be used for washing plastic shower curtains, and both of them are fairly easy to do.
Method 1: Use Your Washing Machine – Put your shower curtain into the washing machine by mixing warm water with gentle laundry detergent, baking soda, or vinegar. Note: Choose one of the three cleaners that we just listed. Don’t use all three of them at the same time. You don’t want to end up causing a nasty chemical reaction or science experiment inside of your washing machine. Once you are done, hang the clean shower curtain on the shower rod again to dry thoroughly.
Method 2: Handwashing – You also can wash a plastic shower curtain with a microfiber cloth and baking soda. Dampen the cloth and sprinkle some baking soda over it. Use the cleaning solution and scrub the whole shower curtain with it. After you finish scrubbing it, rinse the shower curtain with warm water and then check for hard water stains or soap scum patches that are left using baking soda and a cloth. Rinse it again until your shower curtain is clean. The process will leave a fresh scent in your bathroom as well.
How Often Does My Plastic Shower Curtain Need To Be Washed?
More often than you mike think. You are using your plastic liner or shower curtain every day, after all. You should ideally wash them once per month. Or, clean plastic shower curtains, at the very least, one time every three months. If you think about it, 40-12 times per year is not that often and the entire process shouldn’t take very long, now that we have given you the methods for washing a shower curtain.
Remember, washing shower curtain will keep them free of soap scum. However, when it comes to mildew, that is an entirely different story. If you have noticed any mildew on your cloth or plastic shower curtain, don’t worry. Use the tips on getting rid of mildew off of your shower curtains so you can shower in peace.