Cleaning a bathroom and shower is what you regularly do, but do you do the same for your shower liner or plastic shower curtain. Like most people, you may not be doing it often. In fact, you may be like most people who are not aware that plastic shower curtains can be washed, and in all probability, you just replace them when they start to look dirty.
Well, the good news is that you can wash a shower curtain made of plastic and the process of doing so is not all that difficult. Here are some tips for you to know how you can get a shower curtain cleaned so that you do not just throw it away every few months.
Shower Curtain Pretreatment
This pretreatment of plastic shower curtains can go a long way in preventing soap scum from causing a nasty buildup on the curtain.
Once you have bought a new shower curtain of plastic, put it in the washing machine, add some distilled white vinegar and run the curtain through a rinse cycle. Your setting for the water must be warm and not hot, as you may otherwise have a melted shower curtain in your washer. Keep checking the temperature while the rinse cycle is running, so that this is prevented.
Once the rinsing is complete, hang the liner or shower curtain on the curtain rod to allow it to dry. This pretreatment helps to prevent the shower curtain from getting scummy, like a curtain that is not treated would.
Washing a Shower Curtain
There are two ways you can wash a plastic shower curtain or liner, and neither of them requires too much effort.
Method 1: Use the washing machine: Use a combination of warm water, vinegar, gentle laundry detergent, and baking soda for the wash. Pick any of the cleaners listed, but not all of them at the same time. If you do so, your washer might see a chemical reaction like a volcano science experiment. Once the wash is over, hang the now cleaned shower curtain back on its shower rod to allow it to dry.
Method 2: Washing by hand: Use baking soda and a microfiber cloth to wash your plastic shower curtain. Make the cloth moist, and then sprinkle a little baking soda on it. This cleaning solution should be sufficient to scrub and clean the complete shower curtain. Once you have finished scrubbing out all the stains, rinse the curtain in warm water, and repeat the scrubbing with the cloth and baking soda on any hard water stains or soap scum that is left over. Once you have rinsed it again, your plastic shower curtain should be as clean as you want it to be. Your bathroom will now also have a scent that is nice and fine.
How Often Must I Clean the Shower Curtain?
You need to do this far more regularly than you think. You are faced with your shower curtain or liner on a daily basis. Cleaning it once a month may be just about right. But leaving it uncleaned for more than three months is a definite no-no. This means that you will clean your curtain probably between 4 and 12 times a year, and this is really not too often, now that you have realized how the curtain or liner can be washed.
A washed shower curtain will keep it free from soap scum, but if you find mildew on your curtain that is another matter. Once you see signs of mildew on your curtain of plastic or cloth, there is no need to fret. Just use these same tips to wash the curtain so that they are freed from mildew and allow you to bath in peace.