Going Green: How to Remove Mildew from a Shower Curtain Liner

A white shower curtain.
  • 2 hours
  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
White vinegar
Baking soda
Original Listerine mouthwash

Without good maintenance, your shower curtain liner will eventually show mildew stains. You can remove mildew from shower curtain liners without using harsh chemicals.

Step 1 - Spray

Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray your shower curtain liner. Let it air dry or rinse with hot water.

Listerine mouthwash contains alcohol and works on mildew. Fill a spray bottle with original Listerine and spray it on your shower curtain liner. Let it sit for 1/2 hour and rinse with hot water.

Step 2 - Machine Wash

For tougher mildew stains, place your shower curtain liner in the washing machine with cold water and two or three towels for friction. Add 1/2 cup detergent and 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle and hang to dry.

Step 3 - Hand Wash

Tough mildew stains may require some elbow grease. Spread your shower curtain liner out on a flat surface and spray with white vinegar. Wear gloves to dip a sponge in Borax and scrub off mildew, adding vinegar as needed. Rinse with clear water. Don't throw away your mildewed shower curtain liner, clean it the green way.