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How do you clean a shower curtain?

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Cleaning a shower curtain requires taking the curtain off the shower rod, then washing it in a washing machine with bleach. Hang the curtain on a clothesline to dry.

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  1. Remove the curtain from the rod

    Undo the curtain hooks, and remove them. If you have a curtain liner, wash it separately from the shower curtain.

  2. Wash the curtain

    If the curtain is mildewed, fill a 5-gallon bucket with water, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Soak the curtain in the water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Add two white bath towels to the washing machine along with the soaked curtain. Set the washing machine to a setting with two rinse cycles and hot water. Add 1/2-cup chlorine bleach and 1/4 cup of laundry detergent. Remove from the washer immediately, then let the curtain air dry on a clothesline. Repeat for the shower liner, but reduce the amount of bleach to 1/4 cup.

  3. Scrub any remaining stains

    Wear gloves whenever you work with bleach. Dilute bleach in water, then apply it to any remaining mildew stains. Scrub the curtain with a stiff bristle brush using circular motions. Rinse the spots, or wash the curtain again. Let the curtain air dry.

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