How To Clean A Vinyl Shower Curtain Liner

Lavender colored shower curtain cleaned with bleach.When it comes to laundry, there are a few "unknowns" in my world, like…

  • how to keep whites white
  • how to rid men’s softball pants of reddish-brown dirt
  • and the right way to use Bleach (It’s safe with some colors? What about whites that have colored collars & trim? Then again, sometimes bleach turns whites grey, right?)

Bleach and laundry issues continue to confuse me.

Well, this weekend, I finally found one great resource for Bleach:

Use it to remove the caked on mildew and grime that is growing on the back of a vinyl shower curtain liner!

I’ve heard that you should use vinegar to wash the shower curtain liner in your washing machine.

That has always worked so-so for me.

But this weekend, we were out of vinegar, so I used Bleach instead.

I was afraid of two things:

  1. That the bleach would hurt the vinyl, and maybe even eat a hole right through it; and
  2. That the bleach would stain the vinyl, leaving us with a white-spotty shower curtain liner (that was a deep lavender to start with).

Close up of shower curtain liner.Neither actually occurred, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

This shower curtain liner looks like NEW.

And to think, prior to this washing, Jim actually wanted me to just toss it in the garbage…

FYI: I used about a 1/2 cup of bleach and enough liquid detergent for a full load of wash then ran it through the complete cycle in the washing machine.


I recently read that this works well too:
Put your shower curtain in the washing machine with detergent, a 1/2-cup of salt, and a fluffy towel. Supposedly, the salt clinks to the curtain and repels mold and mildew. The towel balances out the laundry load.

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Patriciajwinters

    Can you put shower vinyl curtains in dryer

    • Butterflykissesdcw

      Why would you do that? Just hang it back on the curtain rod, and it will drip dry on it’s own. :-)

  • disqus_3s304PnM9W

    If there’s just soap scum on the liner, put it in a plastic net laundry bag ($1.00 at Dollar Tree) and put it in the washer with the rest of the clothes. The net bag will keep it from being torn, and it will come out clean, at least in a front load washer. I don’t have a top loader. Then just hang it back up in the shower to dry. Do not put it in the dryer, the heat will damage the curtain, if not melt it.