How to Clean a Shower Curtain Liner With Mildew

Stepping into your bathtub only to notice that your shower curtain is dotted with mildew can make your skin crawl. This disgusting mold comes in many shapes, colors and sizes. Some may be pink or red and others are just plain black or dark green.

What’s more, it doesn’t take long for them to show up on your shower curtain liner; they can appear overnight if the humidity and other conditions are just right. While it is prudent to prevent mildew from growing on your shower curtain, you have to learn to remove it effectively as soon as it appears.

If left unattended, the colony will continue to grow and can be a serious health concern for both the young and the elderly.

Here is the best are the three best ways of cleaning the beautiful fabric in case it gets stained with mildew:

Using vinegar and baking soda:

  1. First, wash the curtain liner in a washing machine. You can help the cleansing action along by adding two terry-cloth towels to the load. Set the water temperature to warm, the dial to gentle then pour your detergent as the tub fills.
  2. During the washing cycle, measure 1/2 cup of baking soda and add it in. Pay attention to the cycles and as soon as it reaches the rinse action, measure 1/2 cup of plain white vinegar then pour it into the tub.
  3. When the cycle ends, shake out the curtain and check back for left over mildew. If any is left, make a paste of water and baking soda, rub it in any remaining mold then repeat the first two steps. After this, you can hang the fabric to dry. If necessary, iron once the fabric gets completely dry.

Using an Oxygen bleach:

  1. Take the fabric curtain from it railings and fold it inward to prevent mold spores from spreading. Remove the curtain rings as well if any mildew has collected on and around them. Take the fabric outside and then use a brush to brush off as much mol as possible.
  2. Fill a tub with two quarts of hot water, and then add 4 tablespoons of non-chlorine bleach, mix, then add in the fabric. After letting in soak for about an hour, put the brush and curtain rings in the tub. This will kills any odd spores they may have picked up.
  3. Remove the curtain from the tub, fold it gently, then press the bleach-infused water out. Rinse it in a tub of warm water then remove it for drying. If possible, hang it in the sun but you can return it to your shower to hang dry.

Using Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide:

  1. Bring the affected shower curtain fabric outside and lay it flat, ensuring that the mold is side up. In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide with a single cup of water. Spray it on the fabric generously then let the curtain sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Using a soft brush, scrub the fabric to remove loose mold, then rinse in warm water. Check for any remaining mold
  3. If the stain persists, use equal parts water and borax to make a paste. Apply this to the mold and rub gently with the brush. Rinse, the let it dry. Kill all remaining mold spores by washing the brush in hot water.


When shopping, look for mildew-resistant fabric liners but if you can’t find one, help keep the hem of the fabric free of mild by separating it from the side of the tub or shower after you take a shower. This lets air circulate, preventing mildew from growing.

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