Wash Shower Curtain Liner in Washing Machine

It was brought to my attention that we skipped cleaning our shower curtain during the bathroom series. Since the cleanliness of the shower curtain, and especially the liner, can make or break shower experience, we’re jumping back into the bathroom today for one last step.
11.26.2011 - my cute shower curtain & new matching hooks


Cleaning the Shower Curtain and Liner

Unless your shower curtain is obviously dirty, I wouldn’t worry about washing it for fear of making it look warn prematurely.  If the curtain obviously needs cleaning, then follow the instructions on the tag.

The shower curtain liner, however, is a different story.

Cleaning a plastic shower curtain liner covered in mildew can actually be easy if you use your washing machine. Just put the liner in with a couple of bath towels (to keep the liner from becoming tangled), 1/4 of your usual detergent, and wash on the gentle cycle using warm water. A small amount of bleach can be helpful for stubborn mildew stains. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the towels you’re using are white if you use bleach!

When you remove the liner from the washing machine, beware of the water hiding in all the wrinkly crevices. You can just deal with the water and hang it back up in the bathroom, or you can go against the grain and put it in the dryer for a couple of minutes.

If you decide to dry your plastic liner, make sure to dry on low (maybe medium) and stand right beside the dryer to check it every 60 seconds or so. The last thing you want to happen is get distracted and forget about your plastic liner in the dryer, so make sure your kids have been fed and you’ve had a cup of coffee before you get started :)

Thanks to those of you who let me know about the missed step! I love this little community we’ve formed so let’s stick together and keep going strong!! See you later at our accountability check!!



3 Responses to Wash Shower Curtain Liner in Washing Machine

  1. Bette Wolf January 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I threw my liner in the wash while I was scrubbing the tub last Saturday, so I decided to clean out my work bag, since I did my purse yesterday. I’m so glad I did! Apparently my 18-month-old, a very sweet boy, tried to pack me a snack this morning, and I found half a piece of french toast in there! I shudder to think what it would have been like to find that on Monday…

  2. Kim September 23, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    It was time for a new liner in my bathroom and a new shower curtain for my boys bathroom. I did wash the fabric curtains in my bathroom. Looks very nice!

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