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How to Get Mildew Out of a Fabric Shower Curtain

by Melissa King

Fabric shower curtains lend your bathroom a touch of luxury and sophistication. Despite their appeal, fabric curtains are magnets for mildew and mold, especially if they're not protected by a plastic liner. Mildew thrives in damp or humid environments, and once it attacks your shower curtain, you'll need to remove it to prevent it from spreading. You can kill mildew with hot water, detergent and some natural ingredients, such as lemon juice.

Combine 1 gallon of hot water with 1/2 cup liquid disinfectant. Wash the shower curtain with this mixture.

Mix together 1 cup salt, 1 cup lemon juice and 1 gallon hot water. Rinse the shower curtain thoroughly with the mixture.

Launder the shower curtain in a washing machine with 1/4 cup laundry detergent and 1/2 cup chlorine bleach.

Dry the curtain on the lowest heat setting for 10 minutes, then hang and allow it to air dry.

Items you will need

  • Liquid disinfectant
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Detergent
  • Bleach


  • Prevent mildew by using a plastic liner with your fabric shower curtain. After showering, turn on your bathroom's exhaust fan to remove moisture from the air.
  • If your shower curtain is made from a delicate fabric, follow the instructions on its care tag to prevent damage when washing.

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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