How to Prevent Mildew and Mold on Your Shower Curtain

There are many uses to a shower curtain. It adds the aesthetic value in a bathroom, it prevents water from spilling on the walls and damaging the paint, it keeps the vast area from going wet and dangerous to walk on, and lastly it harnesses the hot moisture that runs from the shower.

But sometimes and more specifically against our will, mildew will grow on our shower curtains. What really happens? Well the moisture that often remains on your shower curtain once you have bathed is what triggers the growth of mildew. You don’t have to discard your curtains.

Here are ways to prevent mildew growth on shower curtains.

Use Shower Curtain with Smooth Surface

A shower curtain with a smooth and consistent surface will allows moisture and water to slip down smoothly. This will leave the curtain dry and free from dampness.

If you use an etched or raised surfaced shower curtain, moisture and water will collect in certain areas. This prevents water from gliding. Any amount of dampness will trigger growth of mildew.

Use Bathroom Exhaust Fan to Ventilate

Ventilating the bathroom should be done during and after showering. A proper ventilating procedure will help in keeping the bathroom dry and safe. It heightens the process and eliminates moisture build up faster. Use a bathroom ventilator fan or open up your windows when bathing.

Open Up Your Shower Curtain Wider

This prevents trapped moisture on the wet side of the shower curtain from remaining trapped. In turn it can escape and dry very fast. Do this by separating any folds in your shower curtains. You can also use an empty laundry basket or airing hook to hold the wet shower curtain somewhere safe to dry.

Hang Out the Shower Curtain After

Hang out the shower curtain to dry faster. Do this away from the bathtub. This prevents mildew from forming on the area that clings to the tub. Leave the shower curtain to dry partially before moving it away from the bathtub.

If you are able you could bring out and back in every day. If you remove the shower curtain when partially dry, it also prevents it from dripping on the floor and removing caulk from the tiles.

Dry Your Shower Curtain Once Used

Drying your shower curtain every time you have used it might look tough. However, it is one of the surest ways to keep the curtain dry and also free from stain and soap scum. This is a great way to keep mildew out. In order to dry your shower curtain, you can use a soft fiber cloth or a dry towel.

Use Commercial Anti-Mildew Solution

There are commercial over the counter bathroom cleaning products that you can use. These products specialize in preventing mildews. They come with a simple DIY procedure/ user manual that allows you to create your own cleaning solution.

Make sure that you use the product as directed by the manufacturer. Mix every solution to the right quantities. Ventilate your bathroom when using commercial solution.

Keep Using Solution on a Routine

To make sure there is no mildew, don’t use the cleaning solution once. Use it on a routine basis. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You can always use it at least once week. This should be enough to prevent the whole mildew growth and in keeping your bathroom really fresh and safe.

Even so there are many other things that you should also keep in mind if you want to enjoy the best bathroom in your home. Such things will include the following.

  • You should read a lot about the care of bathrooms – see blogs, contents, and publications.
  • You should also talk to home improvement experts such as shower curtain vendors.
  • You should talk to loved ones to find out what the best cleaning accessories you could buy.


 There are very many preventable steps that you could take on a regular basis to prevent mildew from growing on your shower curtains even before it occurs. This will extend the lifespan of your shower curtain and save you the money you would have spent to buy new curtain liners.
Joe Carrow

Product reviewer & passionate blogger. Beside writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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