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How to Clean a Shower Curtain

Your shower curtain is liable to pick up a few blemishes and stains after prolonged use. Showering every day will naturally lead to marks and stains and you’re going to want to get rid of these stains eventually, especially when vacating a rented house.

We’ve put together some of our shower curtain cleaning tips, so you can remove mould and water stains like a pro. Read on to find out how to get your shower curtain looking brand new again!


How do You Get Hard Water Stains Off a Shower Curtain?

Hard water stains are perhaps the most persistent and stubborn stains to remove from your shower curtain. But, with a little bit of know-how, you can remove these stains with some home products. You’ll need:


  • Mild laundry detergent

  • Vinegar

  • Baking Soda

You can put your shower curtain into the washing machine on a low temperature setting. Using a gentle programme, throw in a couple of bath towels as well to loosen up any dirt. Add a big scoop of baking soda (roughly 65 grams) to your mild laundry detergent for the wash cycle. During the rinse cycle, add roughly 120ml of vinegar.

Let the shower curtain hang-dry and you should be all good! This same method applies to cloth shower curtains too. Whilst you’re washing the curtain, it’s a good idea to let the curtain rings soak in warm water with 120ml of vinegar added so it comes up extra nice.

How to Remove Mould From a Shower Curtain

Like hard water stains, mould is a naturally occurring issue that will happen with your shower curtains. You can use the same approach for removing mould as you can for removing hard water stains. A mixture of vinegar, baking soda and mild laundry detergent will do the trick. If you have a vinyl shower curtain, you can even employ the help of some bleach to get rid of any mould. This should sear right through the mould and help massively with removal, but be very careful if you are going to use bleach.

Why do Shower Curtains Go Mouldy?

Mould will thrive wherever moisture lives. It can occur anywhere inside and the moisture creates more habitable conditions for floating spores to land and grow a mould colony. Naturally then, your shower curtains are going to be subject to mould eventually. There are some ways to prevent mould from happening, but it can be easily removed when it occurs.  

Is Mould on a Shower Curtain Dangerous?

It might be a bit of a stretch to call mould dangerous but it can have some effects on your health if it is left to persist. Some people will feel some irritation like coughing, wheezing, skin irritation, eye irritation or throat irritation. If you have asthma, then it can aggravate your condition as well. This is why it’s important to try and root out and remove mould as and when it occurs.

How Do You Prevent Mould on a Shower Curtain?

There are some things you can do to prevent the occurrence of mould. Keeping your bathroom dry and well-ventilated is key. As for keeping your shower curtain specifically mould-free, here are some tips:


  • Keep a spray bottle of vinegar handy, use it on your shower curtain liner after a shower. 

  • Cut your curtain shorter. If your shower curtain isn’t laying in the water all the time, it’s less susceptible to mould. 

  • Invest in a shower curtain that has a smooth surface. Raised patterns create little enclaves for mould to grow. 

  • Make sure your bathroom is well ventilated. On top of having a bath fan, open the window after a shower to make sure it all disperses.

Can You Clean a Shower Curtain in the Washing Machine?

Our preferred method and the one we advise is using your washing machine. Why should you do all the hard work when your washing machine can do it for you? We’ve explained how to wash a shower curtain in the washing machine above but here’s some more info on how to do that. 


  • Avoid fabric softener as it may damage the plastic. 

  • Throwing some bath towels into the wash can help you to remove dirt stains from the shower curtain.

  • Add some baking soda to your detergent for the wash cycle and add vinegar to the rinse cycle.

At What Temperature Do You Wash Shower Curtains?

You’ll want to select a low temperature for washing your shower curtains. If the temperature is too hot, then the heat can damage the material of the shower curtain and warp it.  Select a low temperature and gentle setting. 

Can You Put a Fabric Shower Curtain in the Dryer?

A tumble dryer is likely to shrink your fabric shower curtain. It’s better to leave it to air dry than risk it for the sake of a few hours. 

How Often Should You Change a Shower Curtain?

You need to be regularly washing or changing your shower curtain to keep on top of any mould and mildew issues. As we mentioned above, there are adverse health effects linked to having a mouldy shower curtain, so it is very much in your interest to make sure that you are keeping tabs on the matter. 

Our advice is that if you’re washing your bathroom weekly, then you should give your shower curtain a scrub down too. Every month or two, you should wash it properly in the washing machine following the tips above. 

You should replace your shower curtain about once a year. If you have been able to do a really good and consistent job of staying on top of the cleaning, then this may stretch to every two years.


But realistically, it is likely you’ll need to change it on an annual basis.

Head to our Accessories section for our range of shower curtains and other home accessories like sofa throws, tableware, draught excluders and more. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our products. With options to suit any budget and any interior, you’ll find what you’re looking for at The Mill Shop at great, low-cost prices. 


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