Cleaning the Shower Curtain in a Dorm Room



If you live in a college dorm, you may be familiar with the not-so-joyful experience of sharing a shower with your roommates and/or neighbors in your hallway.  The potential problem that surrounds this set up is the maintenance of the bathrooms and showers, particularly when it comes to cleanliness. While some individuals may live on floors that have janitorial staff take care of this problem, students that live in a suite will have this duty fall upon their own shoulders.

Naturally, the parts of the bathroom you rely upon to maintain personal hygiene should be given special attention; you probably remember to wipe your hanging shower caddy and the rim of the bathtub. However, the shower curtain is often overlooked when students clean the area. The neglect can lead to mold and mildew, which can take on either a pinkish-orange or graying-brown color. With a few simple steps, you can clear away the buildup to have your shower curtain like new.

  1. Cleaning your dorm shower curtain

First, you will need to remove the curtain liner from the hooks and place it into the washer machine. Throw two towels (preferably light colored or white) in the washer with your curtain liner. The purpose of using towels here is to protect the delicate plastic of the curtain, while simultaneously scrubbing away the dirt and mildew.  You will then add a mild detergent and one cup of baking soda to the washing machine and run it on the gentle cycle.  The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive to remove mildew and acts as a natural deodorizer.  A few drops of tea tree oil is also optional here for additional mildew removal.  Once the wash cycle is complete, you can simply re-hang your curtain allow it to dry, and throw the towels in the dryer.

An alternative to the above is to occasionally soak your shower curtain in bleach water; if you choose this option, make sure to be conservative with the amount of chemicals used; to wear proper gloves; and to rinse the curtain thoroughly once the process is complete.

  1. Maintenance between washes

You should only need to wash your curtain every three months or so, as long as you keep up with these simple maintenance steps.  In order to minimize the buildup of mold, you will want to invest in a daily shower spray that you can spray onto the curtain and walls after each use.  Be sure to keep the shower curtain closed so that it can dry.  If you keep it open it will stay wet or damp, and remember that mold and mildew love this type of environment.  Be sure to clean your bathroom cleaning products as well – this includes sponges, scrub brushes and even toothbrushes that you may use to scrub those tiny spaces.

Remember, mold is not only unsightly, but it can also be harmful to your health. Breathing in the mildew on a regular basis can negatively impact your breathing. Therefore, safeguard your health and your bathroom’s appearance by regularly scrubbing away the grime.

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Katherine Carpenter

Katherine Carpenter

Hi I'm Katherine! I love DIY projects, especially ones that I can use to make my dorm room pop! My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip, especially when it's on a cone. I love hanging out with my sorority sisters and giving back to the community. Always remember to live, laugh and love!