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Have a mold free shower curtain in your bathtub

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  Not only is a mold free shower curtain possible, it's easy!
 
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Step 1: What you will need

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1 - A small hook to attach to the wall above the tub.  This can be a little plastic 'sticky' hook if you have smooth tile walls, or a suction cup hook if you have smooth walls but don't want to use any adhesive on them, or  a large cup hook if you have rustic sauna style walls.

2 - Needle and thread

3 - A wire shower curtain 'ring' or similar non-rusting attachment

4- A freshly cleaned tub and walls

5- A shower curtain free of mold and spores.    Making or buying a new woven curtain is probably easier than trying to sterilize an old slimy one. Having two curtains makes laundry timing easier.

         Frequently asked  shower curtain  questions

Shower curtains can be washed??   Yes!    And they need it... just like your towels need washing regularly.

What kind of shower curtain is best?   I recommend  woven synthetic shower curtains because the fibers don't hold water, and they wash well. I've used cotton sheets, but  totally synthetic or polyester/cotton blends dry faster.  Actually, almost any fabric will work to keep water in the tub... anything from canvas (in dry climates) to sheets to  to parachute fabric.

Don't  I need a  coated or solid plastic curtain to keep the water from getting out?   No!   Think about umbrellas, they are usually one thin layer of woven fabric.   Although solid vinyl shower curtains CAN go through the washer, most of us don't do regular loads with hot water washes and hot rinses... and balancing the washer load can be tricky.   If you choose to go with the solid vinyl, look at the hem.  If it has a sewn bottom hem, cut it off so water isn't trapped inside.

Do I need an inner and an outer curtain?  No!   The point of having an inner and outer curtain is to keep drafts from wrapping the inner curtain around your legs. If you live in a climate where this is a problem, simply leave the back 18 inches of the curtain open, rather than pulling it shut wall to wall. .  Air will move through that opening rather than pushing the curtain against you.  Using two curtains also reduces air flow and increases drying time..the opposite of the goal here.  If you like the look of an outer curtain, at least leave it open while the inner curtain is on the hook drying.





pthompson2110 months ago
I'm still shaking my head! I just bought a new brand-x shower curtain yesterday. I folded the curtain over, poked a hole in it with scissors and put one of the old shower curtain rings on it. Then I hung a hanger on my shower head and after showering, I hung the ring on the hanger. Easy, simple, and cheap! Thanks! PT
mole1 (author)  pthompson2110 months ago

Thanks for trying it, pthompson21!

pthompson21 mole110 months ago
You're welcome! It's working well!
I debated whether to leave a comment.....the 'ible is great and so simple. The 'eye opener' for me was....I didn't know there were FAQ's about shower curtains. I must admit I had a good laugh! :)
mole1 (author)  bricabracwizard1 year ago
I'm glad it bought a smile!
bhscolleen2 years ago
Most excellent advice on shower curtains. While a very mundane chore, you've made it less odious with a few simple steps. In keeping with my "Buy American" policy, I made my shower curtain with 4 mil plastic sheeting, colorful "duck tape", and a hole punch. Starting at the top, fold over a length of duct tape over the width for the curtain to make the reenforced header and use the old curtain to space the holes in the header, then just cut the sheeting to the length you need. And you can throw it in the washer until it falls apart, then you make a new one.
mole1 (author)  bhscolleen2 years ago
Thanks for looking. Your design sounds very direct. Love low tech! Do you have any problem with tape goo getting loose in the washer? I've never tried running duct tape through.


scoochmaroo2 years ago
Ah, very simple solution, I expected to see pulleys and such.
mole1 (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
No, nothing so glorious as a pulley...sigh. Does increasing the angle of the bottom edge to facilitate drainage count as an incline plane?

Mostly this is about biology - mold needs moisture and food to get established. Increasing the slope of the bottom edge, increasing air circulation, and regularly removing potential food is all mindlessly simple, but it works.