The Best Way To Wash A Shower Curtain

by | May 4, 2023 | Detailed Cleaning

Guys, I suppose everyone of you often wonders how to wash a shower curtain. I agree it’s not easy, but we definitely cope with it, after implementing all our recommendations your shower curtain will shine.

In summary:

1. Fabric and synthetic shower curtains, including EVA and vinyl, can be washed in a washing machine on a low heat cycle, using mild detergent.

2. Avoid using chlorinated bleach on your curtains, as it may cause damage.

3. Hang or tumble dry your shower curtains on low heat.

4. Use a mesh laundry bag or towel to protect delicate shower curtains in the washing machine.

5. You can also hand-wash shower curtains by dampening the curtain, sprinkling it with baking soda, and scrubbing it gently before rinsing.

If you have a shower curtain liner, you can wash it in the same way as a synthetic shower curtain, either in the washing machine or by hand. Remember to check your curtain’s label or packaging and follow the care instructions for the best results.

1. Washing machine method:

How to wash shower curtain
  • Remove the shower curtain and liner from the rod.

  • Place them in the washing machine, along with a few towels, which will help scrub the dirt off the curtain and liner.

  • Add regular laundry detergent, half a cup of white vinegar, and a 1/4 cup of baking soda for added cleaning power.

  • Set the washing machine to a gentle cycle with warm water.

  • Once the cycle is finished, hang the curtain and liner to air dry.

2. Hand-washing method:

How to wash shower curtain
  • Fill a bathtub or large basin with warm water and a 1/4 cup of mild laundry detergent or white vinegar.

  • Remove the shower curtain and liner from the rod.

  • Immerse them in the soapy water and gently scrub off the dirt and mildew using a soft brush or cloth.

  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

  • Hang the curtain and liner to air dry.

3. Spot cleaning:

How to wash shower curtain
  • Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

  • Spray the solution on the affected areas of the shower curtain or liner.

  •  Scrub with a soft brush or cloth, then rinse with warm water.

  • Hang the curtain and liner to air dry.

4. Preventive maintenance:

How to wash shower curtain
  • – Keep the bathroom well-ventilated to reduce humidity, which can lead to mold and mildew growth.

  • – After each shower, close the curtain and liner to allow them to dry fully.

  • – Regularly clean the shower curtain and liner to avoid the buildup of soap scum and mildew.


Before cleaning your shower curtain and liner, confirm they are machine-washable or follow the manufacturer’s care instructions.

1. Remove the shower curtain and liner from the rod. Be sure to take off any rings or hooks as well.

2. Check the care label for washing instructions. Most shower curtains can be washed in the washing machine with cool water and a gentle cycle. If they cannot be machine washed, you can hand wash them in the bathtub using warm water and mild detergent.

3. Add in some old towels or soft cloths to the washing machine to provide gentle scrubbing action.

4. Use mild laundry detergent and half a cup of baking soda to help remove stains and mildew.

5. During the rinse cycle, add half a cup of white vinegar to help remove any soap residue and freshen the fabric.

6. Hang the shower curtain and liner up to air dry. Avoid using the dryer, as this can cause damage to the fabric.

7. While the shower curtain and liner are drying, clean the rings or hooks by soaking them in a mixture of hot water and white vinegar. Rinse them off and let them dry before reattaching them to the curtain.

8. Clean the shower curtain rod using an all-purpose bathroom cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar and water. Wipe down the rod to remove any dirt, dust, and water marks.

9. For regular maintenance, clean your shower curtain once a month or wipe it down with an all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar during your weekly cleaning routine.

By following these steps and maintaining a regular cleaning routine, you can keep your shower curtain and liner clean, fresh, and free of stains and mildew.

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