How to Clean Plastic Shower Curtain by Hand

This article will instruct you how you can keep your shower curtains clean by hand. In general, the steps include: taking down the curtain, selecting a proper location to clean it, actually cleaning it, hanging it back up, and the corresponding clean-up process.

Taking it Down

Indeed, the first thing you must do is remove the curtain from the shower. Perhaps this seems obvious, but many people have attempted to clean it while it hangs. Do not do this; it will simply make the process longer, more difficult, and more annoying.

Make sure to remove it carefully as most tear easily. Tearing your curtain might defeat the purpose of cleaning it.

Selecting an Adequate Location

Next, you will need to select a location to do the actual cleaning. A flat surface is most ideal for this process. The experience will be a little messy, so you might want to find a location outside. You can also clean it in your bathroom, which will work especially well if you have a drain, or if you do not mind getting your area a bit wet.

Actually Cleaning It

Now onto the actual cleaning. You will most likely notice topical dirt or dust on the curtain. You can easily remove this grime simply by washing it with water.

Once you’ve done this, you will most likely notice more stubborn filth and stains that still remain. In order to remove this, you will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Sponge

First, dip and hold your sponge in the vinegar for a bit. Once it is adequately soaked, scrub the plastic curtain all over. You should begin to see the deeper filth vanish.

After you’ve done this, you might want to then scrub the curtain with a mixture of baking soda and water. This step isn’t necessary, but doing this will ensure you remove even the most willful blotches. It is also wise to allow this mixture to sit for a few minutes. Finally, rinse your curtain with water.

Hanging it Up

Now that you have successfully cleaned your plastic shower curtain, it is time to hang it back up. Reconnect it to your shower, and be careful again to avoid tearing. You’re finished! Now all you must do is clean up your surrounding area.

The Clean-Up Process

This step isn’t necessary, especially if you did your cleaning outside, but in the case you did it inside, or simply want your bathroom to be as fresh as your newly cleaned curtain, ensure you wipe up all excess vinegar, baking soda, and water from the surrounding areas. You can also either dispose of the sponge, or clean it thoroughly with soap.

Voila! You now have the information you need. Let’s recap. First, remove the curtain from your shower, then select a location to clean, clean it, hang it back up, and wipe down and tidy the surrounding area.

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