Think You Know How to Clean Shower Curtain Mold? Think Again

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Written By Will Dietrich

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Started noticing black and green splotches on your shower curtain? Relax, this happens to everyone at some point. Here is the key information on how to clean shower curtain mold.

Why Does Mold Grow on Shower Curtain?

Well it is because there is moisture in the air that can cause mildew growth if not properly cleaned. The best way to prevent mold from growing on a shower curtain is by keeping the area dry as much as possible. This means no water dripping into the tub or onto the floor where mold could form. If you have kids they may be playing around in the bathroom so make sure all toys and other items are kept out of reach of children. Also keep towels off the ground when drying yourself after taking a bath.

What Materials Do I need to Clean Shower Curtain Mold?

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Damp Cloth – A damp cloth is needed to remove excess moisture from the surface of the fabric. Use a soft towel or washcloth soaked in warm soapy water.

Bleach Solution – Bleach works great on mildew stains. Simply mix equal parts of household bleach and water. Apply this mixture directly onto the stain using a cotton swab. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before wiping off. Repeat if necessary until no more residue remains.

White Vinegar – White vinegar contains an acid compound that dissolves organic matter like soap scum, dirt, grease, oil, grime, and other contaminants. Mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Spray the solution onto the affected area and allow it to soak into the fibers. Rinse thoroughly after soaking.

Spray Bottle – To spray out your cleaning solution. Shake well prior to spraying.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Solution – Combine 2 tablespoons baking soda and 4 cups boiling water. Add enough vinegar to make a paste like consistency.

Washing Machine – First check the curtain material and the label for washing instructions, then put all items inside the washer add laundry detergent, and if your shower curtain is made of plastic, throw in some fresh bath towels to wash with the shower curtain, and put on a gentle cycle followed  by a rinse cycle, this will allow for a better wash and your plastic curtain will come out much fresher and cleaner. Always wash plastic curtains on a low temperature, and definitely do not add fabric softeners.

How Do I Clean Shower Curtain Mold?

how to clean shower curtain mold

The first step to cleaning shower curtain mold is to remove any excess soap residue left behind by previous users. Use warm water and dishwashing liquid mixed together to wash down the entire length of the curtain. Make sure to rinse well before hanging up the curtain again.

Next use an anti-mildew spray like Lysol’s All Purpose cleaner to kill any remaining bacteria. Spray the entire surface of the curtain thoroughly until completely covered. Let sit for about 10 minutes then wipe away using a damp cloth. Repeat process once more and let dry overnight.

If you notice any discolorations or spots try washing them out with bleach solution. Mix 1/4 cup of household chlorine bleach with 2 gallons of hot tap water. Soak the spot for 15 minutes then scrub gently with a sponge dipped in white vinegar. Rinse well and repeat steps above.

What Type Of Mold Grows On Shower Curtain?

There are two main kinds of mold: Black Mold and Green Mold. Both molds produce spores which are tiny particles that float through the air and land wherever conditions are right. They do not need direct contact with surfaces to begin their life cycle but rather thrive in moist environments such as showers. Once established both forms of mold release toxins called mycotoxins which can cause health issues.

Black Curtain Mold produces dark brownish colored colonies while Green Mold grows light yellowish color colonies. Both require high humidity levels to survive and thrive. To determine whether you have either type of mold simply look closely at the bottom edge of the curtain. If you see small dots of black mold or large patches of green mold than chances are good you have one or both.

What Are The Health Risks Associated With Mold Growth?

Mold and mold spores have been known to cause respiratory problems including coughing, sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, sinus infections, asthma attacks, eye irritation, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, depression, anxiety, heart palpitations, muscle aches, joint pain, fever, chills, flu symptoms, sore throat, earaches, nosebleeds, swollen lymph nodes, difficulty breathing, and even death. It also causes allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to its allergens.

Prevention Tips For Preventing Shower Curtain Mold

Keep Your Bathroom Dry – Keep your bathroom free of standing water. Moisture collects easily under sinks, toilets, faucets, pipes, etc. When these areas become wet, mold begins to grow.

Use Anti-Bacterial Sprays – Many commercial products contain chemicals designed to fight against bacterial growth. These sprays should always be used according to manufacturer instructions. Some common brands include Lysol, Clorox, Pine Sol, Virkon, Dettol, and others.

Clean Regularly – Maintain regular housekeeping practices to ensure proper hygiene. Wash curtains frequently and hang them outside during periods of rain.

Wash Curtains In Hot Water – Washing clothes in cold water helps reduce the risk of developing fungal diseases. However, washing curtains in hot water kills most fungi.

Clean Shower Curtain Vs Buying a New Shower Curtain

Showers are often overlooked when it comes time to replace old items like towels, bath mats, toilet paper rolls, soap dispensers, shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, hair brushes, and other things we use daily. But if you’re looking to save money on replacing those items consider buying a brand new shower curtain instead of cleaning an existing one. A new shower curtain, not including the curtain rod, can be more affordable than purchasing all of the supplies needed to clean an older one. Cleaning your moldy shower curtain on the other hand, may be a grueling, mucky process. Buying a new shower curtain also refreshes the bathrooms style.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace My Old Shower Curtain?

The average price for a replacement shower curtain is $25-$35 depending upon size, fabric, and quality. If you decide to keep your moldy curtain and clean it, depending on the products you use it could be cheaper than $30.

Step-by-Step Process

A couple of the videos here will show you visually exactly how to do it with a washing machine, and how to hand wash it.





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