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Bathroom Cleaning

How to Clean Shower Curtain & Doors

Cleaning the shower doesn’t have to take up a lot of time – read on to discover how to clean your shower curtains & doors in just 5 steps or less!

Regularly tackling the shower area should be an established part of anyone’s cleaning routine. On a daily basis, the shower door or curtain is exposed to the full force of water, showering products, and soap – so it shouldn’t be ignored. Here are the best methods for washing shower curtains and doors effectively.

How to Clean Shower Doors in 4 Steps

  1. 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.
  1. Use a shower glass cleaner to tackle hard water spots and any soap build-up. For stainless steel, plastic, and enamel sections you’ll want a versatile cream cleaner like Cif Cream Lemon – the thickness prevents the cleaner from simply running off your vertical surfaces.
  1. Alternatively, you can try a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Leave the solution to sit for five minutes before rinsing off with warm water. If you need a more powerful treatment, then dab vinegar on any problem areas, or stick to a commercial cleaner. Be aware that cleaning shower doors with vinegar can smell very unpleasant, so you’ll want to rinse well and potentially follow up with a scented cleaner.
  1. Mold can be removed with a standard chlorine or hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner. Most of these cleaners just need to be sprayed on then wiped off with a clean cloth.

When you use any cleaning product for the first time, always be sure to read the label’s safety instructions. Always keep the shower room well ventilated, and wear appropriate protection on your hands and face.

How to a Clean A Shower Curtain in 5 Steps

  1. When it comes to cleaning a shower curtain, first soak the curtain in a bath or large tub of water with biological washing powder mixed in.
  2. Leave the curtain soaking for as long as possible (preferably overnight) to loosen any deposits. Fungal growth in the hems or edges 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. When washing shower curtains in the machine, consider adding one or two towels into the machine too: the abrasive texture of towels means that they help dislodge dirt from the curtain. Remember: always check the label on your shower curtain for specific washing instructions.
  4. Adding a small amount of vinegar to the wash load or final rinse will deodorise the curtain and serve as a disinfectant.
  5. For shower curtains that can’t be washed in the machine, spray with a cleaning solution, and then wipe down.

So, in 5 or fewer steps, your work is done! A clean, soap-free shower door or curtain is as easy as that.

Top Tip


You can buff shower door glass to a high shine by teaming your glass cleaner up with a ball of newspaper! Just spray your product on (or dip the newspaper in) and rub the ball of paper over the glass in a circular pattern. Use a wide sweeping motion to eliminate streaks.

Key Steps:

  1. Always follow the instructions for your shower-cleaning product and wear appropriate safety protection.
  2. When cleaning a shower curtain in the machine, add a couple of towels to the wash – the abrasive texture can help to dislodge dirt.
  3. To tackle mold on your shower door use a standard chlorine or hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner. Always wear safety protection when using strong chemical cleaners and follow the instructions on the product.