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I've been looking for a natrual shower curtain and they cost so much! I've got a corner tub that needs an extra wide curtain too and only found one place to buy that size.<br><br>
I'm thinking of making one and getting some fabric from JoAnne's...Anyone have any tips on what to get or if it is possible?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been looking for a natrual shower curtain and they cost so much! I've got a corner tub that needs an extra wide curtain too and only found one place to buy that size.<br><br>
I'm thinking of making one and getting some fabric from JoAnne's...Anyone have any tips on what to get or if it is possible?</div>
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Oilcloth, sailcloth. Sails need to resist water.
 

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Thanks for the though!<br><br>
The oilcloth is not natrual at all...it's a cotton/ poly blend with PVC coating. I can't figure out what sailcloth is right now but it seems like a specialty product. Either way I don't think I can pick up either at JoAnne's<br><br>
From what I have read about the ones you can buy they do nor resist water...you just have to stretch them out they dry between uses. The descriptions say they are not ment to repell water just prevent it from going on the floor.
 

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You can try hemp which is mildew (but not water) resistant.
 

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I though about hemp...but I donno what kind or where to get a good price on it! I found a few places with a selection but at the 6 yards I need I might as well buy it made! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Trying to be natural and cost efficent is hard sometiems!
 

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You can make your own oilcloth with Linen or canvas or cotton. You soak it in linseed oil and wait for it to dry. I know small sizes 12x12 inches can take a 3 days or so. I would imagine a shower curtain would take much longer. I'll look for the website that describes it in more detail.<br><br>
Here's a website that makes oilcloth for a sandwich wrap. <a href="http://www.moscowfood.coop/archive/oilcloth.html" target="_blank">http://www.moscowfood.coop/archive/oilcloth.html</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the though!<br><br>
The oilcloth is not natrual at all...it's a cotton/ poly blend with PVC coating. I can't figure out what sailcloth is right now but it seems like a specialty product. Either way I don't think I can pick up either at JoAnne's<br><br>
From what I have read about the ones you can buy they do nor resist water...you just have to stretch them out they dry between uses. The descriptions say they are not ment to repell water just prevent it from going on the floor.</div>
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Wow! I love that idea for an oilcloth shower curtain. I wonder if the cloth would feel oily and have a smell. Linseed-flavored sandwiches, anyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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The one we have is just polyester, and it works great. Like a pp mentioned, it doesn't repell water but prevents it from getting on the bathroom floor. I think we picked it up at home depot.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The one we have is just polyester...</div>
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I saw some nylon ones today and Bed Bath and Beyond...thoug hthey are not the right width. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Do you wash it freuquently? I'm thinking the way my bathroom likes to grow I'm going to need to wash alot...wondering if it holds up in the machine well.
 

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I bought one of those cloth ones that according to the package "hotels use". I wash it frequently in the washer and hang it back up to dry. Going on 5+ years and still looks great. And not vinyl. For a larger space you could just buy 2.
 

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I had a hemp one but could not keep mildew away despite quite a bit of effort on my part.<br><br>
I'm going to get a nylon liner next to try.<br><br>
re the Linseed oil: I was going to make some sandwich wraps so I bought a bottle of linseed oil. It said on the side it can cause birth defects, etc. Very scary warnings. Not sure why because the oil itself should be just seed oil??? BUT I figured maybe it is because of how it is processed or something. Just something to consider. Make sure to read the package. (I ended up returning mine unopened)
 

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It lasted several years, then I got a newer one (not Martha Stewart) at Kmart, and it is still going strong, too. I got a dollar store vinyl curtain to line it with. I used to wash both curtains together, but now I wash the vinyl curtain with a towel, and the cloth curtain separately. I use vinegar, instead of fabric softener, and it seems to fight any mildew.<br><br>
When washing, make sure to use little, if any soap, 'cause of the soap and shampoo the curtain(s) soak up. . . .
 

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I just get the shower curtains that are supposed to have liners and don't bother with a liner. They just have to contain the shower and dry quite well hanging there.<br><br>
We used to have a canvas curtain when we had just a shower stall. Worked well. Places like Vermont Country Store carry the canvas shower curtains. I think that's where I got ours.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">re the Linseed oil: I was going to make some sandwich wraps so I bought a bottle of linseed oil. It said on the side it can cause birth defects, etc. Very scary warnings. Not sure why because the oil itself should be just seed oil??? BUT I figured maybe it is because of how it is processed or something.</div>
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Yes, and if it's sold in Calif. they make them put all sorts of IMO unjustified warnings on it as well as other products. Presumably you had a bottle of treated, possibly "boiled", linseed oil. "Boiled" linseed oil may indeed have been boiled, or it may have been treated in various alternative ways that give a product in some ways considered equivalent to what the boiling process does to it. The treatments can involve various chemicals. But you do need it to have been treated in order for you to get the drying properties of linseed oil without certain byproducts that may give inferior results.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes">: i was planning on getting one like this:<br><br><a href="http://www.gaiam.com/retail/product/02-0309_NATU" target="_blank">http://www.gaiam.com/retail/product/02-0309_NATU</a><br>
and not suea liner....<br><br>
aren't there ones you can buy that don't need liners?
 

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What about using a cheapie for now (air out in sun to take away smell) and saving up for glass shower doors as the long term solution?<br><br>
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