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How to Clean Shower Curtains and Liners with Bleach

Want an easy way to freshen up your bathroom? Here’s how to clean up old plastic shower curtains and liners with bleach. You’ll be amazed at how clean shower curtains can brighten up your bathroom.

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Steps for cleaning plastic shower curtains

  1. 1

    Remove the curtains

    Take the shower curtains and/or liners off of the rod.


    Polyester and nylon are both safe for bleach.

  2. 2

    Add bleach to washing machine

    Pour 1/3 cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach into the bleach dispenser (or fill to the max-fill line)


    For a standard washing machine, use 1/2 cup of bleach.

    washing machine dispenser
  3. 3

    Machine wash on hot

    Select a hot wash temperature and add a little detergent.

    hot setting on washing machine
  4. 4

    Hang to air dry

    Dry your curtains and liners by hanging them back onto the curtain rod.