Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today I'm Washing Shower Curtains

That's right ... washing shower curtains {the liner, specifically}.

Up to 5-6 years ago, when the shower curtains were looking dingy
& the soap scum was starting to take over,  I'd just replace it with a brand new one.
That was until my mom told me a little trick.

She said to buy a heavy duty shower curtain liner{they only cost a few dollars more}
& when it's gets grimy or mildewy to throw it in the wash machine!
I would've never thought!

So, I did just that & amazingly, I haven't replaced a shower curtain in a long, long time.

Here's what I do:

Place the shower curtain in the washing machine that's filled with HOT water.
Add 1/2 cup of liquid bleach {this kills mold & mildew} & a 1/2 cup of detergent.
{I make my own laundry soap which I highly recommend ... if you need the recipe, click here.}

Let the shower curtain soak for 20-30 minutes.
After it has soaked, I throw in a couple towels, or some socks or t-shirts
{only use white ones because of the bleach} & start the washer on gentle cycle.
The towels balance out the washer & helps to keep the curtain from wrinkling as badly.

That's it.
It's that simple.

Immediately remove from the washer & let drip dry.
Hang it on the clothesline ... or place in the bathtub ... just never put the shower curtain in the dryer.

I take mine up to the bathroom, hang it back on the curtain hooks,
& dry off the side that is touching the fabric curtain.
The wrinkles fall out, the curtain drips dry & you are back in business with a clean shower curtain!

Don't you just love stretching your buck?!

**In case you are wondering, I am referring to washing the liner part of the curtain,
 not the outside pretty 'for looks' curtain.
Course, the pretty outside curtain can be washed as well, but just in a regular wash cycle.

sharing at Savvy Southern Style


  1. I was literally just wondering how to do this. Pinned it!

  2. yay! =) Thanks for commenting!

  3. I saw another post this week on cleaning your shower curtains and this is how I've always done it. Works like a charm!! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  4. It sure does! Thanks for the comment & hosting the party =)

  5. I am stopping over from Raising Homemakers - thanks for the great tip! Isn't it wonderful when we can use one of our 'servants' (i.e. washing machine) to do the dirty work for us?

  6. You are so right =) Thank you for stopping by!

  7. Angela- I am from the south as well, and I'm wondering if by the phrase "shower curtain" you are referring to the decorative curtain on the outside, or the "heavy duty" liner that we buy that is placed on inside of the tub? I took it that you are referring to the liner as a shower curtain. Thanks for great tip!