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How to Clean Shower Curtains & Doors

Read on to discover methods and safety tips for washing a shower curtain or door effectively.


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Regularly tackling the shower area should already be an established part of anyone’s cleaning routine. On a daily basis, the shower curtain or door is exposed to the full force of water, showering products, and soap. This means it is especially important to understand how to clean shower curtains in the tub or washing machine.

Read on to discover the best methods for washing shower curtains or doors effectively, as well as safety tips and guidance on how to remove stains from cream curtains.

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How to stay safe when washing shower curtains or doors

Before you get started cleaning a shower curtain or door, there are three important safety considerations you will need to make sure you adhere to.

  1. When you use any cleaning product for the first time, always be sure to read the label’s safety instructions.

  2. Follow any manufacturer’s guidelines when using products to clean your shower curtain.

  3. Always keep the area you are cleaning your shower curtain or door in well ventilated.

  4. Make sure you wear appropriate protection on your hands and face.

How to a clean a shower curtain in 4 steps

When it comes to shower curtain cleaning, there are four easy steps to follow to make sure they come out looking great.

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  1. Leave the shower curtain soaking in a mix of water and biological washing powder for as long as possible (preferably overnight) to loosen any deposits.

  2. If your shower curtain has any signs of fungal growth in the hems or edges, these can be scrubbed at with an old toothbrush.

  3. After the initial soak, put your shower curtain into the washing machine to clean it properly.

  4. Hang your shower curtain out on the line to dry. The UV in sunlight acts as a natural stain remover.

When washing your shower curtain in the washing machine, remember these tips:

  • Consider adding one or two towels into the machine: the abrasive texture of towels means that they help dislodge dirt from the curtain.

  • Always check the label on your shower curtain for specific washing instructions.

  • Try adding a small amount of white vinegar to the wash load or final rinse. This will deodorise the curtain and serve as a disinfectant.

How do you clean shower curtains in the tub?

When you check the label on your shower curtain, you may discover that it is not suitable for being washed in the washing machine. There are four easy steps to follow to bring the shower curtain out just as clean as if you use a washing machine.

  1. First, as with the above cleaning steps, soak the curtain in a tub of water and biological washing powder. Remove any fungal growth with an old toothbrush.

  2. Next, spray the shower curtain with a cleaning solution. Either buy one ready-made or make your own with a mix of warm water, washing liquid or detergent, and white vinegar.

  3. Once the shower curtain is covered in the solution, wipe down using a clean cloth.

  4. Hang outside to dry.

How to remove stains from light coloured or cream curtains

Mildew can look ugly on your shower curtain, especially if you have cream curtains. Here are some easy steps to follow to remove stains and clean a light coloured or cream curtains.

  • The easiest way to clean mildew stains off your shower curtain is to use the washing machine.

  • Put a couple of towels in your washing machine with the shower curtain. This will help to dislodge and loosen the stains.

  • Add ½ cup of a good quality detergent like Surf and ½ cup baking soda to the load.

  • Use a warm wash on your machine's regular cycle.

  • Add 1 cup white vinegar to the first rinse.

  • Hang the shower curtain out to dry. As with the steps above, the sun’s UV rays will help to remove any leftover marks as a natural stain remover.

Two ways you can clean your shower door

Now you know how to clean a shower curtain, you may be wondering what to do you have a shower door or screen instead. Here are two options to ensure that you know how to clean your shower door.

  • Firstly, you could try using specialist products:

  1. Use a shower glass cleaner to tackle hard water spots and any soap build-up.

  2. For stainless steel, plastic, and enamel sections you’ll want a versatile cream cleaner like Cif Cream Lemon as its thickness prevents the cleaner from simply running off your vertical surfaces.

  • Alternatively, you can try making your own homemade cleaner to bring out the shine in your shower door.

  1. Make up a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

  2. Shake the bottle to mix your homemade cleaner.

  3. Spray the solution over your shower door.

  4. Leave the solution to sit for five minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Ensure you do so thoroughly. Cleaning shower doors with white vinegar can leave a strong smell so you’ll want to rinse well and potentially follow up with a scented cleaner.

  5. For more stubborn stains, dab neat white vinegar on any problem areas or stick to a commercial cleaner.

How to deal with mold on your shower door

There are a few easy steps to maintain your shower door in order to prevent or remove mold once it starts to appear.

  1. Airflow. Every time you enjoy a shower, leave the shower door open afterwards to allow some airflow. This will dry out the showering area quicker and slow down the growth of mold.

  2. Mold can be removed with a standard chlorine or hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner. Most of these cleaners just need to be sprayed on and then wiped off with a clean cloth.

  3. If the mold is quite severe, try using a specialist mold and mildew remover. Always ensure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when doing so.

So, now you have some great tips to ensure you take care of your shower curtain, even cream curtains, as well as steps to clean a shower door. With this guide, you can be sure to keep your shower area clean as well as mold- and stain-free.    

  • Always follow cleaning product manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Wear appropriate safety protection.

  • Add ½ cup of detergent like Surf and ½ cup of baking soda to the load when removing stains from cream curtains. Use a warm wash cycle.

  • Add towels to the wash to dislodge dirt.

  • Use chlorine or hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners to remove mold.

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