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How to wash a shower curtain

Grime & mildew can quickly build up on shower curtains. Give yours a makeover with our guide to cleaning shower curtains and doors.


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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, shower-care products, and soap suds, so it shouldn’t be ignored. Here’s how to clean shower curtains and doors effectively.

You can buff shower door glass to a high shine by teaming your shower 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.

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 mould.

  2. 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 HANDY ANDY Cream – the thickness prevents the cleaner from simply running off your vertical surfaces.

  3. 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.

  4. Mould 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.

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How to a Clean Shower Curtain in 5 Steps

  1. First, soak the curtain in a bath, or large tub of water with 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. 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 yours.

  • Always follow the instructions for your shower cleaning product and wear appropriate safety protection.

  • When machine-washing shower curtains add a couple of towels to your wash – the abrasive texture can help to dislodge dirt.

  • To tackle mould 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.

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