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How can I clean mold off my shower curtain?

Asked by occ (4176points) January 30th, 2007
I got some really good answers to my question about cleaning my bathtub, so now I'm wondering if anyone has tips for cleaning my vinyl shower curtain, which has brownish mold stains. Last time this happened I had to throw out the shower curatin, but now I'm wondering if I can put the vinyl curtain in the washing machine? Or use a heavy-duty spray? Or do I just need to throw it out and buy a new one?
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gailcalled's avatar
Remove curtain, fill washing machine w. proper amount of mild liquid soap, add a 1/2c. bleach,(or check instructions on bleach bottle), set cycle on cold water and delicate. Then you can wash the curtain, provided that none of the material has abraded away. Put outside in sun to dry
gailcalled's avatar
to dry, if abive freezing.,
gailcalled's avatar
After showering, if possible, put curtain on outside of tub to dry and try to ventilate bathroom a bit to lower humidity. I finally threw away a shower curtain after 23 yrs., much laundered and much beloved. RIP.
vered4's avatar
You can DEFINITELY wash your shower curtain in the washing machine with Chlorox bleach. You HAVE to use the 'real stuff' - not a non-chlorox bleach which will do nothing to kill the mold. can put the shower curtain right into your dryer, too! Stick an OLD towel in with it so this it circulates...something that you don't care about if it touches some bleach some shmatas or something!
vered4's avatar
Option #2 - Spray it with spray that contains Chlorox Bleach. There are a bunch of them on the market....but it won't work as well as Option #1 above! Also...I follow Option #1 with my Rubbermaid bathmat - works wonders!! Ick...I hate mold.
occ's avatar
Can I put my shower curtain in the dryer if it's vinyl?? I feel like it will melt! Are you sure?
gailcalled's avatar
Better to be safe than sorry. I wouldn't use dryer w. plastic. Or just hang it back up wet, as tho you had just had a shower.
samkusnetz's avatar
no vinyl in dryer.
Modern_Classic's avatar
This post inspired me to look after my grotty shower curtain. My wonderful landlady insists I keep a supply of Lysol(c) Mildew remover handy to use on the bath tub/shower tiles. I decided to try spraying the inside of the shower curtain liner, let it sit, and then ran the shower to wash it off. Wow! Cleaned it right up.
gailcalled's avatar
Congrats on housekeeping skills. Make sure not to inhale the Lysol spray mist...very nasty stuff.
peggylou's avatar
Also, if you wash and rinse the shower curtain in warm (NOT hot) water, it will "hang out" more easily and be less wrinkled.
trkline's avatar

How to clean mold off of the bathroom shower? My shower is crying for help!

cwicseolfor's avatar

I cleaned mold from my shower curtain by filling the bathtub to about 20% full with a mixture of bleach and water. Let it sit like that for about 30 minutes and then it rinses clean.

Pandora's avatar

I just use soft scrub lemon scent and scrub it on the shower curtain as its hanging. Let it sit a few minutes and then rinse it under the shower head. It always leave the nice and clean till it needs cleaning again.

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kaseychan's avatar

I had the same problem! I used to have to replace my shower curtain every few months, and I would scrub it with bleach and water in between. The my friend gave me an air-it-out shower hook, and my curtain has been mold free for over 3 months now. It’s this suction cup hook that you drape the curtain over so that fresh air gets thru and prevents mold. They worked so well I bought one for all of my bathrooms in my house and got some for my mom. Way easier and cheaper. Their site is Hope this helps!

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