I consider myself to be good at cleaning, however, sometimes it takes me a while to get around to cleaning specific things. For example, the bottom half of my shower curtain has pink polka dots and not the fun kind. Does this really bother me? Nope. There are worse things in life than having a little bit of pink on the shower curtain (like cockroaches in the kitchen, blech). Therefore, I only do this task every month or so. Here is the no longer current state of my shower curtain and

Removing Mildew from the Shower Curtain

Removing Mildew from the Bathroom

Okay so maybe, just maybe a lot of pink.

Step One: Get your favorite homemade cleaner. I used a mixture of vinegar, warm water and a squirt of dishsoap.
The vinegar kills the mold and removes hard water stains and the soap helps get the soap scum.

How to clean mildew

It’s true, that’s what I say when combating cleaning bathroom buildup.

Step Two: Spray and let the cleaner work some magic.
I work my way from the top down so the solution will dribble down pre-soaking the next section.

Removing bathroom mildew

Sorry about the weird lighting but it really shows how much build up there was.

Step Three: Wipe. I held the shower curtain against the tub then between my hands to get the bottom seam.

Cleaning the shower curtain

Much, much better.

Step Four: Admire clean shower curtain.

Goodbye pink moldy spots, I won’t miss you.

What are your tips for getting rid of and keeping mildew away?


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30 Responses to Cleaning the Shower Curtain

  1. Cyndi says:

    I love your helpful cleaning tips! Can you use this to get a shower glass door clean from hard water film or is there another cleaning solution you recommend? Thank you!

    • Thanks for reading! Yes this should work. The vinegar should be able to cut right through the hard water. If you want a better smelling solution, cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt and scrub.

    • Stacie says:

      Wet a used dryer sheet and wipe those water spots away. No hard scrubbing at all. Then use windex and paper towel to make It shine.

  2. Karen says:

    I like to let my washer do the work. I take down the shower curtain. I put it in the washing machine. I add two towels. I add vinegar to the soap dispenser, and run it on a normal cycle. When it is done, I hang the shower curtain back up to dry. And I have a clean shower curtain.

  3. Ruth says:

    Wow!! That worked so well. I hate when the shower curtain gets that slime. I’ll have to try this.

  4. Darla says:

    An easier way is to wash it in your washer. Hot water, 1 Cup bleach, and a small amount of laundry detergent. Wash on full load. When done hang up your shower curtain and it looks new. It will take a couple of showers for it to become straight again. I use this and it is so easy. I clean my whole shower and tub while I am waiting for it to finish in the washer.

  5. Am I the only one here that has issues getting the shower curtain down or lacks the patience to do so? 🙂

    • June says:

      LOL. No, you’re not alone. I spend more time debts ting whether to clean the curtain in place or take it down and use washing machine than it actually takes to clean the darned thing 😉

  6. Diana Rambles says:

    I usually just throw it in the washer, but this is so much easier to NOT remove it!

  7. rhiannon says:

    thats the same solution i often use to clean my tub so it makes sense to do the shower curtain as well! I usually throw it in the washer when i wash towels, but hate that it comes out with puddles of water and makes all the towels wet again.

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  10. Rachel says:

    Great tip! Vinegar works on so many things. I have two shower curtains, the nicer one outside and a cheap one on the inside. When the cheap one gets nasty, I just replace it with another one from the dollar store.

  11. […] 15 minutes then scrub and rinse. For mildew, I just use my all-purpose cleaner; it worked well to clean my shower curtain and get rid of that nasty pink […]

  12. We agree, this is a good solution. Since shower curtains are generally not that expensive, no sense in spending a lot of time or money on the solution. Vinegar fits the bill.

  13. Michelle says:

    A few drops of melaleuca (tea tree oil) in any homemade cleaning solution will help to keep mold away.

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

  14. joyce songer says:

    I used your vinegar and dish liquid formula to clean scum from the underside of my tub mat.. It was pretty nasty, took it outside heavily sprayed and allowed it work for a few minutes, lightly scrubbed with an all purpose brush then sprayed with a water hose . It’s looks like new. Saved me about $14.00 bucks. The cost of a new one. Thanks

  15. Karen says:

    Does anyone know, would this work on. Fabric shower curtain? I made the boneheaded move of buying a gorgeous WHITE fabric waterproof shower curtain. Boneheaded because our water is terrible. It discolours everything. So my gorgeous shower curtain now has rusty pink ombré appearance.


    • I think that it would help, but since it’s fabric, I also think washing it would be your best option. The vinegar will help get rid of the mildew and rust, so I would also suggest soaking the affect part in vinegar solution before washing. I hope this helps, good luck!

  16. Angie says:

    What was the ratio of warm water to vinegar that you use?

  17. Ashley says:

    Just so you guys know, that pink slime is actually not mildew. It’s a bacterial species called Seratia marsescens that is found in fecal matter. It is easily aerosolized and spread just from the toilet flushing, etc. It naturally lives in your intestines but can be responsible for food poisoning like symptoms if ingested.

  18. Valerie says:

    Thank you! I love how your post was short and sweet. So many times there’s half a book just to get through whatever the topic is. 😀

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