First things first. Before you start cleaning the curtain, it’s a good idea to get all your ducks in a row by setting out all the stuff you might need. If you have a washing machine, you’ll need a standard laundry detergent, some white vinegar, and some baking soda. An abrasive washcloth is also a good thing to have just in case. If you do not have a washing machine you will also need to get a large plastic tub for cleaning.
Unclip The Curtain
Most plastic shower curtains have a universal hook design that allows them to be attached to the shower rod. To remove the curtain and liner you will need to unclip these hooks and remove the rings of the curtain one by one. This can be a time-consuming process but is nonetheless fairly easy.
We recommend holding the curtain as you unhook it because otherwise, the weight of the curtain will begin pulling on the remaining hooks, making removing the curtain more difficult. This excess load could also damage the curtain so it’s best to hold the curtain for extra support.
Prepare Your Washing Machine
Before placing the curtain in the washing machine be sure to check the label to verify there are no warnings. Most shower liners and curtains should be able to pass through a washing machine cycle trouble-free, but it’s always good to double-check. If your plastic shower curtain has a cloth layer it is especially a good idea to make sure it is washing machine safe.
For the most effective cleaning cycle, add a few drops of detergent to your washing machine along with a bit of baking soda or white vinegar. Either one of these solutions will be especially effective at beating back hard water stains and killing any potential mold spores. Both vinegar and baking soda are quite good at removing unpleasant odors as well.