Is disgusting and can be embarrassing when unexpected guests pop in for a stay-over. When those tiny black spots begin to appear on the bathroom tile, walls, and the shower curtain; you know that you’ve got a problem. Shower curtain molds come in many colors, sizes, and shapes.
Bathroom Molds may be pink or red and others are just plain black or dark green. Some of the mold colonies growing on a shower liner may come in multiple colors and not just one or the other. Either way and for your health; They Gotta Go!
Mold stains on your shower liner can appear overnight (it seems) if the humidity and other conditions are just right.
And, preventing mold on shower curtain is so much easier than having to scrub it away. Mold on a shower curtain is unsightly and just plain dingy.
If left unattended, the mold will continue to colonize and can cause health concerns for the very young and elderly.
First things first; the shower curtain and liner need to be removed from the shower bar or taken down by whatever means it has been suspended above the floor.
Most of us know this, but gotta say it – you know.., Separate the shower bar and rings from the shower liner and if the cleanup is gonna take place outside – then get going! (before heading outside, fold the moldy areas inward and in halves to keep from spreading any spores or mold debris throughout your home).
Lay the liner down on your carport, picnic table or other similar surface and spray a solution of two to one parts hydrogen peroxide and water onto the fabric; allow to sit for five to ten minutes and rinse.
This will help to dislodge some of the mildew and mold buildups on the shower curtain.
Make a paste of either equal parts baking soda and water OR borax and water and begin scouring the mold from the shower curtain. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Flip the liner over and repeat the above. If mold stains persist, give it a bit more elbow grease and try your mold killing paste again.
Hopefully, this got it and you do not need to run out and purchase another shower curtain!
When all else fails getting rid of the mold, then read on to see how to remove shower curtain mold with your washing machine.
Clip the shower curtain to a clothesline or suspended piece of cord between two trees; whichever works for you and is easy.
Allow to completely air-dry before bringing curtain liner back inside. If the sun is really doing its thing on your day to clean, then this will eliminate any remaining mold spores left on the shower fabric.
If you’ve got crappy weather going on outside or happen to live on the 35th Floor; go ahead and place the shower curtain onto the bottom of the tub and give it a good sponge bath.
Pre-soak the sponge and shower liner with either hydrogen peroxide or white distilled vinegar (if you can handle the smell of the vinegar) and get scrubbing!
You can do the same with hydrogen-peroxide and get similar results without the odor.
Since you are stuck inside with this chore, it can be a bit tougher to get to all of the mold stains off of the shower curtain. Especially, while working in confined areas. So, pay more attention to the creases and lower third of the liner to ensure that you get it all.
Don’t forget to get in-between the folds and seams of the shower liner. Many liners have metal eyelets that will need some scrubbing where the liner meets the edge of the eyelet.
Sometimes, the soap-scum buildup is more difficult to get rid of than the mold and mildew. Either way, it’s all gotta go because the soap-scum buildup (cellulose material) is what the mold is feeding on.
After your shower curtain is mold and mildew free, you can hang the shower liner to air-dry or toss in the dryer (on low/gentle settings) with a few towels mixed in to protect the curtain from damage.
Remove the rings and shower curtain from shower bar and gently fold inward into halves or quarters.
This will keep any mold debris and mold spores from being transported and spread throughout your home.
ECO Way: Add ½ cup of baking soda or borax to equal parts of laundry detergent and wash the shower curtain on gentle. Put a few old towels in with the curtain liner to help protect it from the washing cycle.
TIP: Cycling your shower curtain through its entire “wash-Cycle” can cause severe wrinkling (depending on the individual settings). Wash shower liner on the lowest gentle setting available and remove the curtain just prior to the spin cycle and allow to drip dry.
Still got Stubborn Stains!
Repeat all above and substitute baking soda and borax with a ½ cup of bleach to add to your laundry detergent.
Put your washing machine on a gentle cycle and put it through its paces – gently!