My house is filled with someday-I’ll-get-to-it tasks that I manage to put off for an incredible amount of time. Many of the tasks aren’t even difficult or time consuming. In early spring I bought a new shower curtain for our bathroom. It was an impulse purchase — I’d never much liked the shower curtain we had and this new one was on sale at a charity benefit for just $5.
I thought I’d hang the new curtain right away, but after I got home I looked at our vinyl shower curtain liner, noted that it needed a good scrubbing, and thought that I shouldn’t bother replacing the cloth shower curtain until I was ready to clean the liner. And then days turned into weeks and weeks into months. No new shower curtain, and even more disgusting liner. The liner had lots of soap scum and some mold. Yuckity, yuck, yuck.
Here’s the old shower curtain; it’s not bad, it’s just nothing that in any way endeavors to enhance our tiny, blah bathroom:
I took advantage of this past holiday weekend and decided to tackle a couple of someday-I’ll-get-to-it projects. The shower curtain and liner were at the top of the list.
I removed the old cloth curtain and liner and brought the liner outside to lay flat to clean. I hosed it down and went to work scrubbing it with a sponge and some distilled white vinegar that I put in a spray bottle. I’ve been trying to use less toxic cleaners in our house, so as I finish bottles of chemical cleansers, I replace them with milder options. There was a time I would have cleaned our shower curtain liner with diluted bleach, but we ran out of bleach many months ago. The vinegar works very well on mold and soap scum and I don’t have to hold my breath while using it.
The only problem with laying the curtain on the driveway to clean was that I couldn’t easily see the mold. So I moved the whole operation to our laundry line.
The vinegar worked like a charm. To remove any remaining yuckity yuck bits, I tossed the liner, a couple of small towels, and some detergent in cold water in the washing machine (I’d read that the towels work to scrub the shower curtain). When the wash cycle was finished, I hung the liner to dry outside. Half an hour later, it was ready for the bathroom, and of course, so was the five month old cloth shower curtain:
It’s amazing how much less blah the new curtain makes our bathroom (and me) feel. Now, if only the new curtain will inspire me to tackle more of my endless list of small projects around the house….