Plastic Shower Curtains

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Plastic Shower Curtains

Baking Soda Just because your plastic shower curtain or liner gets dirty or mildewed doesn’t mean you have to throw it away. Try cleaning it in your washing machine with two bath towels on the gentle setting. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to your detergent during the wash cycle and 1/2 cup vinegar during the rinse cycle. Let it drip-dry; don’t put it in the dryer. See more uses for Baking Soda. Bleach Get mold and mildew off your shower curtains. Wash them — along with a couple of bath towels (to prevent the plastic curtains from crinkling) — in warm water with 1/2 cup chlorine bleach and 1/4 cup laundry detergent. Let the washer run for a couple of minutes before loading. Put the shower curtain and towels in the dryer on the lowest temperature setting for 10 minutes, then immediately hang-dry. See more uses for Bleach. Vinegar Clean those ugly mildew stains off your plastic shower curtain by putting it and a couple of soiled towels in your washing machine. Add 1/2 cup laundry detergent and 1/2 cup baking soda to the load, and wash it in warm water on your machine’s regular cycle. Add 1 cup white vinegar to the first rinse. Before the machine goes into the spin cycle, remove the curtain and let it hang-dry. See more uses for Vinegar.

Plastic Shower Curtains

Some people hang up the shower curtain and turn on a fan to air out the smell, while others hang their shower curtain outside until the smell is gone. This helps, but many of those chemical gases are detected for days, weeks and sometimes longer. Washing the shower curtain is a bad idea, since heat and detergents could release toxins more quickly. (Always follow care instructions when you’re cleaning plastics or vinyl.) But not all shower curtains that contain vinyl are toxic. Vinyl is used with a lot of other chemicals to create a number of compounds. The culprit is polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—dubbed The Plastic Poison—and PVC is often listed as “vinyl” on packaging, making this whole issue a little complicated. As a rule of thumb, unless you absolutely know a shower curtain is not PVC, don’t buy it.

Plastic Shower Curtains

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I’ve used this method, and it works fine on plastic liners (both clear and opaque) and on my beige fabric curtain. It did remove the pattern from another plastic curtain that had a green bamboo print on it. This may be because of the baking soda, or perhaps just the agitation in the washer, so from now on I’ll keep patterned plastic curtains out of the washer.

Plastic Shower Curtains

Grunge was cool in the 90s, not in your shower.  Just sayin’. If you have a shower, there’s a really good chance you have a shower mat and shower curtain liner.  And, there’s a super good chance that you haven’t washed them (lately or ever).

Plastic Shower Curtains

Showers are damp and warm and what a perfect environment for mold and mildew to cultivate.  Mold and mildew come in a variety of colours, but the most common ones you’ll see in the bathroom are pinky/orange and greyish/brown.  Mold and mildew are not indicative of a ‘dirty’ shower per se, but they don’t help in creating a clean looking shower.  And, your shower will become dirtier as the mold and mildew builds up (because you are not cleaning it away), but the initial onset of the stuff doesn’t mean you are showering in some sort of pig sty.  To be clear, soap scum is the true indicator of a dirty shower – oh, have you seen that video yet?

Plastic Shower Curtains

High levels of phthalates were also found in the shower curtains examined—which is a problem because phthalates are a pretty unstable chemical. Phthalates migrate in the shower curtain itself, eventually making their way to the surface. When they evaporate into the air, they cling to dust in your home. Phthalates are linked to reproductive problems, including premature labor in pregnant women, early breast development in girls, and sperm damage in boys.

Plastic Shower Curtains

How To Clean Shower CurtainCleaning Shower CurtainForwardPut your dirty shower curtain in the washing machine with 1 cup of vinegar, your regular detergent, and some old towels. Hang it back up immediately after the wash cycle is finished.See More

Plastic Shower Curtains

Toluene and ethylbenzene, two of the chemicals released by the shower curtains tested, are on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known by the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Under Prop. 65, businesses must not “knowingly and intentionally” expose people to these chemicals without giving “clear and reasonable warning.”

The study also found that some of the chemicals lingered in the air for more than four weeks, which is a long time to be breathing in toxins. And the concentrations were also a concern. The total VOCs detected were 16 times the U.S. Green Building Council’s recommended guidelines. Researchers did not look at the effect of heat and humidity on the shower curtains, but the authors did admit it is likely the heat and humidity would increase the levels of VOCs and other toxins being released into the air-making your showers all the more toxic.

If you want to completely eliminate the health concerns associated with vinyl and plastics, you can install a rain showerhead and an organic cotton shower curtain, without a liner. Rain showerheads drop water straight down without too much pressure, eliminating splash. (And they’re oh-so-calming; try it once and you may never want to go back!) If you can’t live without a strong spray, your best option is to install glass doors rather than having a shower curtain. It’s a little pricy, but consider it an investment in your health.

Clean those ugly mildew stains off your plastic shower curtain by putting it and a couple of soiled towels in your washing machine. Add 1/2 cup laundry detergent and 1/2 cup baking soda to the load, and wash it in warm water on your machine’s regular cycle. Add 1 cup white vinegar to the first rinse. Before the machine goes into the spin cycle, remove the curtain and let it hang-dry.

Put your dirty shower curtain in the washing machine with 1 cup of vinegar, your regular detergent, and some old towels. Hang it back up immediately after the wash cycle is finished.

How often do you clean the liner, assuming you shower.1-2 times a day? I don’t do things unless.they are on a schedule. I put clean liner task to repeat every 6 months for now, but your insight would be appreciated.

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