latest news- 'Less about cleaning!' Crucial step to avoid mould spores growing on your shower curtain breaking news

Shower curtains are used to avoid excess water spilling onto your bathroom floor or splashing walls, but it often means the material bears the brunt of any moisture damage. Keeping the curtain dry is the only way to completely avoid unpleasant spores forming, though experts have shared other things you can try.

latest news- 'Less about cleaning!' Crucial step to avoid mould spores growing on your shower curtain breaking news

Shower curtains are used to avoid excess water spilling onto your bathroom floor or splashing walls, but it often means the material bears the brunt of any moisture damage. Keeping the curtain dry is the only way to completely avoid unpleasant spores forming, though experts have shared other things you can try.

latest news- 'Less about cleaning!' Crucial step to avoid mould spores growing on your shower curtain breaking news
30 Kasım 2022 - 07:05

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'Less about cleaning!' Crucial step to avoid mould spores growing on your shower curtain (Image: GETTY)

is a common problem around the house in but it can be a year-round nuisance when it comes to the bathroom. Humidity and are impossible to avoid entirely after a hot, steamy shower, and it is just as difficult to keep supposedly water-proof curtains free from nasty fungus spores. However, according to experts, there are a few things you can do before, during and after showering to limit mould and mildew growing on the material.

How to prevent mould on a shower curtain

Regular cleaning is often the key to most household dirt dilemmas, but according to one expert, it's not the most important step to keep the lining free from mould.

Maeve Richmond, organization expert and the founder and coach of Maeve's Method said: "It's less about cleaning and more about letting them dry properly."

She explained that to do this, you need to actually move the curtain away from the edge of your bath or shower, and allow it to spread out.

Maeve added: "If you think about it, if a wet curtain is smushed, then there's just water sitting in there all day long. So mould can grow."

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Old dirty bathtub, shower curtain, and faucet in an apartment bathroom. Top view, white faience wall, no people

Shower curtains can be dried by separating the liner from the curtain (Image: Getty)

Dry the material

Of course, your shower curtain will inevitably get wet when the bathroom is in use, but they're not designed to stay scrunched up. According to Maeve, they're actually designed to stay "splayed out".

To do this, she recommended opening it up after showering by leaving the liner inside the bathtub and placing the curtain side on the exterior.

Not only does this mean that "air can flow in between the two" but also prevents the musty odour caused by pools of bacteria on the bottom of the material.

Mave added that opening windows inside your bathroom "will speed that drying process up".

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Tucking your shower curtain outside of the shower after drying can help to reduce moisture (Image: Getty)

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Replacing your curtain may be the only option in some cases (Image: Getty)

Replace the shower curtain

When all else fails, you may need to replace the shower curtain to eliminate the mould issue.

The Mave's Method founder noted that while a good one will last around five years with the right care, rips, stains and heavy use will only make matters worse.

Fortunately, they are generally an inexpensive item to replace and are a great opportunity to invest in a more mould-resistant material.



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