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    • chaliepud
    • By chaliepud 25th Jun 05, 12:35 PM
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    Mouldy shower curtain
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    • 25th Jun 05, 12:35 PM
    Mouldy shower curtain 25th Jun 05 at 12:35 PM
    What is the best way to get mould/mildew off a shower curtain? Washing in the machine isn't working, I don't want to replace as the design that matches everything else has been disc.

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    • Ticklemouse
    • By Ticklemouse 25th Jun 05, 12:38 PM
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    • 25th Jun 05, 12:38 PM
    Try soaking it in the bath with some bio washing powder. Leave it as long as you can. If any bits of mould are trapped in the hems and seams, you can scrub at them with a nail brush or old toothbrush.

    If you do want to put it in the machine (after doing the above) then put a towel in with it. The towel will help to agitate the dirt off. Don't forget vinegar in the final rinse too. This will help deodourise it and kill any bugs/mould spores etc.

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    • 26th Jun 05, 9:46 AM
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    • 26th Jun 05, 9:46 AM
    I used a product called Astonish Mould & Mildew Remover (cost a pound from my local cheapie shop). It rescued my shower curtain (which was revolting) and cleaned up my grouting which had become discoloured as DD loves to dye her hair.

    It took about two weeks for my shower curtain to transform from truly disgusting to looking brand new and now I just have to spray once a week.

    Hope this helps.
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    • 26th Jun 05, 11:16 AM
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    • 26th Jun 05, 11:16 AM
    I 2nd Ticklemouse's method using bio wash powder.
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    • 26th Jun 05, 11:53 AM
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    • 26th Jun 05, 11:53 AM
    I use dettox mould & mildew, in the green bottle, for the shower. Two uses brought my tiles, grout, base up like new.
    Don't know how well it will do on fabric - you'd have to do a test in a hidden area!
    Don't know how well it will do in my shower any more as I've just discovered DH has used it to clean the kitchen floor. hmph!!
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    • 26th Jun 05, 4:26 PM
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    • 26th Jun 05, 4:26 PM
    I reckon I have tried most things to get rid of mould on shower curtains and nothing works for long - mostly because rest of family refuse to clean said curtain.

    I bought some pretty voile, sewed it the same length and width as a shower curtain. Bought some plain PVC shower curtain (Asda currently have white at 89p and Wilko has them in cream at £2.75 or thereabouts). I then tack the voile and PVC curtain together - you can use the tacking stitch on your nachine. Hand tacking is OK - it just has to easy to remove . Then hang as usual. When inner curtain becomes grotty, I just untack, wash the voile and re- tack a new inner curtain.

    In true OS fashion I do wash all these discarded PVC curtains and use them as floor protection when painting.

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    • chickadee
    • By chickadee 26th Jun 05, 11:18 PM
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    • 26th Jun 05, 11:18 PM
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    • 26th Jun 05, 11:18 PM
    Sometimes it is just the bottom hem that is discoloured. If all other attempts to remove the satin fail, just trim the curtain so it is a bit shorter, say an inch or so and re-hem it. I tried this on mine and it came up like new. I had to lower the rail a bit though, but as mine is just a spring-loaded rail this was no problem!
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    • 27th Jun 05, 9:30 AM
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    • 27th Jun 05, 9:30 AM
    mix a weak solution of bleach and water. spray it on, then wipe off. nothing kills mould like bleach.
    • AlisonW
    • By AlisonW 9th Aug 06, 5:24 PM
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    • 9th Aug 06, 5:24 PM
    mouldy shower curtains
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    • 9th Aug 06, 5:24 PM
    I'm sure there is information about this on the forum but I keep being distracted by organic hair dye and chocolate beetroot muffins and such like.
    I need to get rid of the mildew build up on the bottom of my fabric shower curtains. Ive tried washing them and spraying them with bleach solution but to no avail.
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    Alie
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 9th Aug 06, 5:32 PM
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    Mine usually cleans up well if I wash it with a couple of capfuls of bleach.

    The best way is to keep on top of it before it gets really bad. Also leave the curtain drawn out so that it dries well - something my OH cannot get his head round at all:confused:
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 9th Aug 06, 5:34 PM
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    Hi Alison,

    We have an older thread on the same subject, so I have merged yours with it so that we can keep all the suggestions together. As always posts are listed in date order so you'll need to read from the beginning to see all the replies.

    Pink
  • DonnaP
    Mouldy shower curtain
    Can anyone tell me how to remove mould from a shower curtain?

    I have tried washing it and it has made no difference whatsoever! :rolleyes:

    Thanks
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 31st Jul 07, 4:15 PM
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    Hi Donna,

    The replies on this older thread might help:

    Mouldy shower curtain

    I'll merge your thread with that one later to keep all the suggestions together.

    Pink
    • MissMotivation
    • By MissMotivation 3rd Feb 08, 10:33 AM
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    Cleaning a shower curtain?
    In a small attempt to save money (normally I would just go out an buy a new one) I need to clean my shower curtain, it's started to look a bit mildewy at the bottom. It's just an ordinary plastic curtain with a nice pattern on it, am I ok to soak it in the bath with some water and bleach? Or is there a better way to do it?
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    • Waxy Bean
    • By Waxy Bean 3rd Feb 08, 10:40 AM
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    I've already put plastic ones and plastic covered fabric ones straight in the washing machine on a non-rinse cycles with normal detergent. Its always worked for me....
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    • By nopot2pin 3rd Feb 08, 10:42 AM
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    I've already put plastic ones and plastic covered fabric ones straight in the washing machine on a non-rinse cycles with normal detergent. Its always worked for me....
    Originally posted by Waxy Bean
    Put a towel in the wash if you do it in the machine machie. The abrasiveness of the towel helps clean it better
    • MissMotivation
    • By MissMotivation 3rd Feb 08, 10:45 AM
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    Thanks......would never have thought to put it in the washing machine!
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  • whitevanwoman
    Soaking it in soda crystals is a more eco-friendly option than bleach, just as good and no nasty after-smell. You can add the soda crystals to your bath water (when you've got out of your bath!) and leave it overnight. I put mine in the washing machine with soda crystals instead of washing powder and vinegar instead of conditioner. Works a treat. Putting a towel is in a good idea - will do that next time.
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    I always put mine in the machine too
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    • belfastgirl23
    • By belfastgirl23 3rd Feb 08, 11:19 AM
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    If it's a slippery shower curtain it's a good idea to put it in with a few towels, the roughness of the towels rubs against it and gives a better wash. I was also advised to soak the curtain in the bath with the cheapest biological washing powder you can get and that helped. Finally vinegar in the rinse water apparently inhibits bacteria regrowth.

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