The biggest difference between shower curtains and shower doors lies in the materials that they are made from. In fact despite what you have if you don't take the proper steps in keep them clean, you will find yourself faced with the same nasty and disgusting problem: mold. There are different ways to deal with moldy shower curtains than you would use to deal with a shower door. Most of these methods will involve you using items that you already have around the house, and will also allow you to save money instead of spending it on new cleaning chemicals.
- Ammonia. One of the best methods for dealing with a moldy shower curtain is to follow the basics. This means that you simply need to read the care instructions that are attached to the curtains, and follow them carefully. For particularly moldy curtains though, you may need to adjust the instructions a little bit. Wash them as normal according to the directions on the label, but add a half cup of sudsy ammonia. Ammonia is usually safer to use on colors, and isn't as harsh as bleach.
- Heat soaking. Another great method for dealing with moldy shower curtains is to actually heat soak them. What you do is mix a 75/25 solution of water and a strong cleaner (such as Oxy-Clean) and hot water. The water needs to be heated to a point that is just below boiling, and then poured into a large tub with the cleaner. Place the shower curtains into the tub, and allow everything to cool. Once it is cool, use a baby hair brush and some mild detergent to scrub away any remaining stains, and then wash and rinse as normal. Repeat as necessary until the mold and stains are gone.
- Vinegar and baking soda. Creating a simple solution with vinegar or baking soda will help remove many of the stains and problems that are associated with moldy shower curtains. Unlike with other cleaning methods, this one really only needs to be applied to the stained areas to be particularly effective. Not only will this work great on rust, and other kinds of stains that you may find yourself faced with. Simply apply the solution to the stain, and allow it to sit till dry. Wash the shower curtains as you normally would, and inspect.
- Antiseptic cleaners. Believe it or not, using an antiseptic "cleaner" (such as Dettol) that you may have in your first aid kit can help with moldy shower curtains. Ideally all that you would need to do is apply the antiseptic cleaner as a "pre-treater" prior to washing as you normally do. The antiseptic cleaner should help kill off the mold, and will even help in removing the stain itself. After applying, wash as you normally would, and then inspect prior to placing in the dryer. Repeat as necessary to remove all signs of mold.