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Old 01-18-2020, 03:08 PM
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My son keeps having a disgusting problem with his shower curtain liner. It gets gross and disgusting as in it looks dirty and mud filled on the bottom up to 1/3 up. I think someone here said it was mildew (he's not that dirty) How can he prevent that? He has to keep buying a new liner. Theres no window in there. Not sure about a fan. I think he said there is but he probly doesn't use it. I guess I'll tell him to try that if there is one. But. has anyone had this issue and why and what should he do?


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Old 01-18-2020, 03:22 PM
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We have a fabric washable liner that I wash with bleach when it gets yucky at the bottom. Maybe switch to a fabric liner? I got mine at TJ Maxx.
Also, does he close the curtain or leave it bunched up when he is done showering? I think closing it helps.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:25 PM
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It's not that he's dirty, it's all about the ventilation. If there is no window there should be a working fan.
Does he rent? Maybe the landlord can see that the fan is fixed. No working fan means it's not up to code.
The curtain liner can be washed with towels once a week or so to get rid of the yuck. First spray it with a strong cleaner, then wash in hot water.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:26 PM
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I had that problem and finally invested in a good, life long, mildew resistant one from Bed, Bath and Beyond and itís lasted years with no cleaning.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:32 PM
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Before we got our bathroom fan fixed, we showered with the bathroom door open then pulled the showered curtain shut after. And we left the bathroom door for an hour or two after showering.


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Old 01-18-2020, 03:33 PM
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Soap scum and dampness are perfect conditions for mildew to grow.

There are sprays that can be used on the curtain, tile, and tub after every shower that are supposed to prevent mildew growth.

Air circulation to permit the curtain to dry thoroughly will help, so spread out the curtain after use so it can dry. Run the fan during and after showering. Open the door after showering so fresh air can enter the room. A window could help.

A plastic curtain can be washed occasionally with a couple of old towels in hot water and bleach...then air dry. He can buy cheap ones and replace regularly or get a fabric one that will hold up longer with regular care.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:35 PM
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I live near the beach so I’m phobic about not wanting mildew/mold. Tell him to get in the habit of turning the fan on before he showers and leaving it on for at least 10 minutes after showering. I agree with owl that he needs to spread the liner open as much as possible so it isn’t bunching up and can dry. Another thing I do (my rationale is probably is probably unfounded) is run cold water in the tub for 1 minute before I shut the shower off (this cools down the shower space). Finally, I also run a full-time mini dehumidifier in the bathroom.

Your son is very wise to take care of it now before it becomes a more serious problem.
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Old 01-18-2020, 04:23 PM
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I haven't had a shower curtain in years, and have never seen one with a liner, so this might be out of date/wrong, but I always spread it out after a shower so it could dry, and washed it with some sort of bleach every couple of weeks. With no window and no fan, it's a recipe for all sorts of mould and mildew to grow. If there's a fan, he should use it, but it won't solve the problem on its own.
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Just toss it in the washer with
Old 01-19-2020, 06:46 AM
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hot water and bleach. Easy. It is the water around here, leaves stains.
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:54 AM
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I agree about turning on the fan if there is one.

Liners are 94 cents at Walmart. Now we just buy several and toss the nasty one when it gets bad. I tried to clean it and it didn't cooperate.


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Old 01-19-2020, 06:41 PM
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Thank you , i'm going to pass on this info.
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