Step 5: After Every Shower, Hang the Corner of the Curtain on the Hook on the Wall

The curtain will drain into the tub. The side of the tub will dry... the curtain will dry (you can put it down when it is dry). ...and you won't have  mold. 

HOWEVER shower curtains, like tubs and walls, get splashed with whatever you are washing off you...and soap...and shampoo... etc etc.  So, like tubs, they DO NEED  regular cleaning - especially the bottom edge on the drain end because everything drips off that corner. 

Cleaning  isn't hard...  just remove the ring from the corner,  take down the curtain, and toss it into the load when you wash sheets.* 

If you have hard water, wash the curtain more frequently, and from time to time soak the curtain in a bucket of water with a cup of white vinegar before running it through the wash. Don't worry, the vinegar smell will wash out.

*If you use solid vinyl curtains,  remove the ring from the corner  holes, take it down, and wash it on hot wash and hot or warm rinse with detergent and old towels (towels do the scrubbing).  Don't leave it alone during the draining cycles because if the curtain traps water, the washer may get off balance.   DO NOT use cold water at any point... the curtain will shatter.  If it has cooled and gotten stiff when you remove it from the washer,  put it in your bathtub and run hot/warm water over it until it is soft enough to rehang.
<p>I have a horribly moldy shower curtain in my bathroom right now that is so slimy that I decided I need a fresh start. I don't want to keep throwing out shower curtains, and I'm guessing if I use your solution I won't have to! Thanks for sharing such an elegant idea. Always prefer to address causes instead of symptoms.</p>
<p>Thanks, StefanieD1. I think you'll be pleased - it really does work.</p>
<p>Nice clear instructions and a really useful idea - thank you!</p>
<p>Thanks for all your kind words!</p>
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
<p>Thanks for trying it, pthompson21! </p>
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! :)
I'm glad it bought a smile!
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 &quot;Buy American&quot; policy, I made my shower curtain with 4 mil plastic sheeting, colorful &quot;duck tape&quot;, 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.
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. <br> <br> <br>
Ah, very simple solution, I expected to see pulleys and such.
No, nothing so glorious as a pulley...sigh. Does increasing the angle of the bottom edge to facilitate drainage count as an incline plane?<br> <br> 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.

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