How to remove mould from shower curtains

Mould and mildew thrive in damp, warm places and no place is more likely to create mould's favourite environment then your bathroom. When mould appears on your shower curtain it's very unsightly and leaves your shower feeling and looking dirty. Use supplies found in your home to remove mould from your shower curtain. It's simple to do, following a few procedures, and the results will be a clean, mould-free curtain to hang back in your shower.

Remove your shower curtain from the shower.

Fill your washing machine with warm water. Add a normal amount of laundry detergent, as indicated on the directions.

Pour 120 ml (1/2 cup) baking soda into the wash water with the laundry detergent.

Allow the washing machine to run for two minutes before adding the shower curtain. This allows the laundry detergent and baking soda to fully dissolve in the wash water.

Place your shower curtain in the washing machine, along with two towels.

Add 120 ml (1/2 cup) of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Remove your shower curtain from the washing machine prior to the spin cycle. Hang your shower curtain in the shower and allow it to drip dry.


Spread your shower curtain to its full length after each shower so water can dry thoroughly. Doing this will help prevent the development of mould.


Avoid placing your shower curtain in the dryer as this will cause the curtain to dry and crack over time.

Things You'll Need

  • Laundry detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Measuring cups
  • 2 towels
  • White vinegar
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.