In this post I’ll be showing you how to clean a shower curtain liner in a washing machine and, also how to keep it clean while its still hanging there without removing it. Lets check  out the tips below to find out how!

I used to think that if I put my plastic shower curtain liner in a washing machine in would totally ruin it. Maybe a front loader washer but, not a top loader as these washers has those helicopter- like blades in them.

Its not until recently I found out that cleaning shower curtain liners in a washer is possible as the material (vinyl, polyester, nylon) they are made from is not that fragile. As of now I keep my shower curtain liner clean with the following methods . Here is how!


The Best Way to Clean a Shower Curtain Liner:

Washing shower curtain liner in a washing machine
Using vinegar and Dawn dish soap to clean dirty shower curtain liner

1. Turn on the washing machine on warm water then turn the knob to light wash

2. Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup laundry detergent. You can add bleach if the shower curtain liner is white. This will help to remove stubborn stains.

3. Use your hands to make a semi-circle with the liner

4. Next, place it in a circle around the blades

5. When it is done, carefully remove the liner from the washer. Be careful doing this as it may not be completely drained so while removing it gently lift so the remaining water runs out.

6. Let it hang for a while on the washer (lid open) so that it can finish draining. If you are in a hurry you can quickly take it back to the bathroom and replace in the shower. Either way its a shower curtain liner so its not expected to be dry.


How to Wash a Shower Curtain Liner in a Front loader Washing Machine

Washing shower curtain liner in a top loading washing machine
Cleaning shower curtain liner

1. Simply place the shower curtain liner in the washer… Using warm water

2. Add 1 cup while distilled vinegar in the liquid compartment and laundry detergent in its given area

3. Wash on regular or whites

4. When it done washing, shuffle the liner  around in the washer while shaking it to remove any excess water.

5. Take it back to the shower and continue to use.

Tip: If the the liner is crushed simply hang it back in place in the shower and use your hands to flatten the wrinkle. Eventually the material will return to its normal look in around an hour or 2.


How to Clean a Shower Curtain Liner without removing it:

Not all the time you can remove a shower curtain liner to get it cleaned, I must admit, its kind off a tedious task even though it looks simple. However, one way to keep a shower curtain liner clean without washing it is listed below.

  1. During a shower before leaving splash warm water on the shower curtain liner to remove any soap residue. If you let this remain it becomes what is called soap scum that will without a doubt  make the shower curtain look really disgusting.
  2. Make a mixture of vinegar and Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle. Use this to mist the curtain daily then splash warm water all over to rinse. This is a quick and easy way to keep your shower curtain clean without removing it.

Extra Tip: Clean your shower at least once per week or keep a cleaning cloths nearby  so  you can quickly wipe down the tiles to prevent watermarks and soap scum build-up. Here are 20 amazing shower cleaning tips you may like.


Now that you know how to wash a shower curtain in a washing machine and without using a washing machine and the products to use your shower curtain is guaranteed to remain clean all the time. Don’t forget to clean the shower tiles this way you’ll have a totally clean shower.



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