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Video:All-Natural Shower Curtain Mold Removal

with Debbie Anderson

Wet shower curtains attract mold like bread crumbs attract ants. But it's easy to remove mold from a shower curtain with just a few household ingredients. Learn a completely natural technique for preventing and removing mold.See Transcript

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Transcript:All-Natural Shower Curtain Mold Removal

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com!

There's nothing worse than getting all clean after a nice long hot shower, only to place your clean hand on a mold covered shower curtain or shower liner just to climb out of the shower. So today, I'm going to give you a few tips on how you can prevent that mold from building up in the first place, as well as a safe and natural way of cleaning off that mold on your plastic shower curtain or shower liner once it has already formed.

Keep the Bathroom Dry

To prevent mold from building up on the inside of your plastic shower curtain or shower liner, first, always run the exhaust fan in the bathroom for at least 20 minutes after taking a shower and open bathroom windows and doors to improve air circulation for things to dry.

Next, wipe the plastic shower curtain off with a washcloth after each shower to remove any excess moisture left on the plastic curtain or liner.

Spread out the shower curtain or shower liner across the shower rod so that the plastic has more air to dry off, and pull the hem of the shower curtain or liner away from the bathtub wall so that it can dry properly.

Prevent Mold Buildup

Finally, prevent mold from building up on the plastic shower curtain or shower liner on a daily basis by spraying the tub side of the curtain with a homemade cleaning mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water after each shower use.

Supplies for Removing Mold

However, if the mold has already built up on the inside of your plastic shower curtain or shower liner, then you will need a few household items to remove the mold before taking these preventive measures.

To remove the mold buildup on your plastic shower curtain or shower liner you will need a box of baking soda, a bottle of vinegar, a clean sponge, measuring cups, and an old towel.

Mix Bathtub Solution

First, remove the plastic shower curtain or shower liner from the shower rod rings.

Next, place the drain stopper in the bathtub and fill the bathtub with warm bathwater until the water is just about halfway up the tub.

As the bathwater is running, mix one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar in with the warm bathwater.

Soak Moldy Curtain

Next, carefully place the plastic shower curtain or shower liner in the tub and slowly swish the shower curtain or shower liner around in the water mixture until the mold buildup on the plastic has fallen off into the water.

Scrub Leftover Mold

Use a clean sponge to gently scrub any remaining mold buildup off of the plastic shower curtain or shower liner.

Once the plastic shower curtain or shower liner is clean, unstop the drain and allow the moldy water to exit the bathtub while lifting the curtain or liner out of the water.

Rinse the Shower Curtain

Rinse off the curtain under clean cool running bathwater and wipe down the plastic shower curtain or shower liner with an old towel.

Dry the Shower Curtain

Finally, re-hang the plastic shower curtain or shower liner back on the shower rod rings while spreading out the curtain or liner far enough so that the plastic has plenty of air to dry out the rest of the way.

And there you have it! No more moldy messes to place your hand on after taking a nice clean hot shower!

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