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Our shower has a plastic, Target-brand clear shower liner and then a fabric, cotton curtain. The plastic liner constantly fills with mold and/or soap scum every 6 months. I've heard that you can throw these things in the washing machine, but I've never tried. Spraying cleaners, natural or otherwise, doesn't do much. The liners are only $6, but I feel guilty about having this consistently replaced. What are my alternatives?
 

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Yes, you can throw them in the wash on warm or hot. Don't let it go to cold though or it will probably tear when it stiffens.<br><br>
Or you can just ditch the plastic liner completely. I read that online a couple years ago and was tired of washing the slime off of it so I gave it a try. Amazingly, it works! The thin cloth decorative curtain gets wet but keeps the water in the shower and dries out better. I still have to wash it every now and then but it's much easier than dealing with the plastic thing.
 

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I just use the white liner. They are less than $3 at Wal*Mart. When they get ikcy, I buy a new one. I hadn't thought of washing it, but I figure for less than $3 why bother.
 

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We wash ours on cold, and then hang it back up to dry in the shower. We haven't experienced any cracking or anything...
 

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I bought a slightly more expensive plastic liner and have been washing it for years. The cheap ones don't hold up as well for me in the washer. I think I read that soaking it in salt water before you hang it up will help retard the slime growth.
 

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* We tried cloth, 100% cotton, and it mold-rotted away from the bottom up... It also developed mold-stains... and, I took the time to wash it often... When I got rid of it, it was easily a foot shorter.<br><br>
* Eventually, I got a plastic liner at a yard sale. Heavy vinyl. It quickly developed mold-stains. I had no problem washing it, but that didn't get the mold stains out.<br><br>
* I used to use vinegar to wash with. I think Bi-O-Kleen Bac-Out would be a great thing to wash it with.<br><br>
* Now, I'm in Colorado.... It just isn't a problem. It is so dry here!<br><br>
-- Caitlin
 

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I wash mine in the washer with a couple of towels, hot water and baking soda....vinegar in the rinse to disinfect. The towels help "scrub" it.<br><br>
HTH
 

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Thanks Mamas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Some how the women on these boards have answers to all my questions! It's incredible.
 

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We do the wash and hang to dry every few months and bought a plastic covered cotton one, not a vinyl one. But, we also have a small fan that we place on the side of the bathtub/shower and blow air into it after we bath/shower. That dries the whole thing out much better than not. We have not fan in the bathroom. Air circulation keeps mold down in the whole bathroom. I hardly ever have to even think about it.
 

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We started using a nylon liner a couple of years ago. They are much easier to wash than the plastic ones and have none of the icky (and unhealthy IMHO) fumes. I think we bought it for $12 at Bed Bath + Beyond - the cost is a little higher but I think you get a much higher quality product that lasts longer.
 
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