How To Clean Shower Curtains

A question that bothers all of us is how to clean shower curtains and whether it’s possible to wash plastic shower curtains, thus avoiding replacing them when they start to look dirty.

Good news: You can wash a plastic shower curtain and the process isn’t that difficult.

Pretreat your shower curtains

Prevention is your best friend when it comes to maintaining plastic shower curtains stopping or alleviating nasty buildup from soap scum like we see in our cleaning services in Red Deer at

When you get a new plastic shower curtain, run it through the rinse cycle of your washing machine with a little bit of distilled white vinegar. You’ll want to set the water to warm—not hot—because the last thing you want is a melted shower curtain inside of your washer.

After this cycle is done, simply hang the clean shower curtain or liner on the shower curtain rod to dry. The pretreatment should keep your shower curtain from getting scummy as soon as an untreated curtain would.

How to properly wash a shower curtain

Approach 1 — Wash your shower curtain in the washer using warm water combined with vinegar, baking soda or gentle laundry detergent. Be sure to only pick one of the options mentioned above. You don’t want to use all three of them and initiate a science experiment volcano or a nasty chemical reaction in your washing machine.

Approach 2— You can also wash your plastic shower curtain using baking soda and a microfiber cloth. Dampen down the cloth and then put some baking soda over it. You’ll use this cleaning solution to scrub the entire shower curtain. After scrubbing, rinse with warm water and revisit any patches of soap scum or hard water stains that are left with the cloth and baking soda.

How often should plastic shower curtains

Probably more often than you think. After all, you come face to face with your shower curtain or plastic liner on an almost daily basis. Ideally, you should be washing it once a month. At the very least, however, you should aim to clean your plastic shower curtain once every three months. When you think about it, four to 12 times a year isn’t really that often and the process shouldn’t take long at all now that you know how to wash a shower curtain.

Keep in mind that washing a shower curtain will help keep it free of soap scum, but mildew is another story. If you’ve noticed mildew on your shower curtain—be it plastic or cloth—don’t fret.