5 Tips to Clean Bathroom Curtains and Keep Them Mold-Free

Do you replace your shower curtains so much that they have already become part of your monthly outgoings? We'll tell you how to clean them with items that you surely have in your home to make them look like new.
5 Tips to Clean Bathroom Curtains and Keep Them Mold-Free

Last update: 04 March, 2021

Although some accessories are considered mere ornaments, they’re actually a major source of contamination if not properly sanitized. In this article, we’ll share some tricks to clean bathroom curtains and thus prevent the proliferation of fungi and bacteria.

The bathroom is a place that favors the growth of microorganisms that can be harmful to our health, due to the humidity and heat that’s common in this room of the house. Curtains are one of the elements that often get dirty more than others, but we often don’t pay much attention to them.

Tips to clean bathroom curtains efficiently

The best thing about these options is that you won’t have to go out and buy anything, since most of them only require ingredients that many of us have at home.

1. Alcohol

Alcohol is a disinfectant par excellence and everyone is bound to have it in their home. To use it on curtains, we’ll need to moisten a sponge or cloth and rub it on the curtain with circular movements. Focus especially on the areas that are most stained with mold. We don’t need to rinse them because the alcohol will evaporate on its own.

2. Vinegar

Vinegar can be a natural cleanser thanks to the high percentage of acetic acid it contains. Although it won’t disinfect, it will remove the dirt and grease that collect there from the curtain’s contact with soaps, shampoos, and conditioners.

We then need to place them in a large container, which will allow us to submerge the curtains in water and 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Leave the curtains to soak there for 20 minutes. After that, just rinse them, and that’s that – the curtains will look like new.

3. Toothpaste

You’re about to get to know another use of toothpaste that will surprise you. To clean your shower curtains, moisten a sponge, and then apply a generous amount of toothpaste to it. Then rub it on the stains, rinse, and your curtains will be cleaner than ever.

Toothpaste brush to wash the bathroom curtains.
Toothpaste can be used for more than just oral cleaning. Use it to make your bathroom curtains sparkling new.

4. Baking soda

In this case, soak the curtains in a container with water and baking soda and leave them for a few minutes. On the other hand, you can put the curtains in the washing machine and add baking soda.

5. Tea tree oil-based solution

To prepare this cleaning solution you’ll need 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of alcohol, 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 1 container with a spray bottle. Put everything in the bottle and spray it on the curtain. Then rub with a sponge and rinse.

Clean the bathroom curtains: step by step

If you prefer to wash your bathroom curtains by hand, then we recommend that you follow this step by step guide to further optimize the process:

  1. Remove the rings to avoid damaging the fabric of the curtains.
  2. Immerse the curtain in a large container with water and liquid soap. You can use coarse salt instead of soap.
  3. Let it soak for at least 2 hours.
  4. With a brush, remove the most stubborn mold stains. If you notice they don’t come out, then try adding a little baking soda to the sponge.
  5. Rinse them to remove all the soap. If you wish, you can add a little vinegar to the last rinse to eliminate odors.
  6. Let them dry in an area with good ventilation.

If you decide to wash the bathroom curtains in the washing machine, then follow these tips:

  • Make sure the curtains are machine washable. Make sure the temperature isn’t any higher than 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add baking soda in addition to your regular soap.
  • Don’t forget to put some clean towels in with the curtains – in order to protect them – and cancel the spin cycle.

Tips for keeping your bathroom curtains clean

Once your curtains look clean and mold-free, we suggest you take the following steps to keep them spotless for longer:

  • Rinse them after each bath or shower: This will ensure the soap residues don’t impregnate the curtains. Also, stretch them well so they don’t look like an accordion.
  • Air the bathroom when you finish showering: Open all the windows to promote good air circulation.
  • Wash them frequently – to make stains easier to remove.
Baking soda to clean the shower curtain.
Adding baking soda to hand-washing or machine-washing procedures improves the cleaning process for shower curtains.

Other ways to wash shower curtains

So far, we’ve looked at general ways to wash bathroom curtains. However, we want to give you the option of washing them in other specific ways too:

  • Remove mold: If the curtain is clean, but has mold stains that you can’t remove, try rubbing them with a lemon cut in the middle. On the other hand, dilute 3 parts of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and spray it on the stain. Then you scrub with a brush.
  • Whiten the curtains: immerse in water with a special solution for shower curtains. If they are white you can add a little bleach.

Final tips for cleaning bathroom curtains

To ensure that cleaning your shower curtains doesn’t take up too much of your time, you should endeavor to keep them clean. If you rinse them daily, then when the time comes for a deep clean you’ll only need to pop them in the washing machine without any previous treatment.

Remember to test the products in an inconspicuous part of the curtain to make sure they don’t damage them. Finally, read the labels so that you don’t subject them to cleaning processes that could damage them. We hope that you’ll be able to follow some of these tips and that your curtains will always look like new and free of mold, bacteria and fungi!

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