What’s the trickiest thing to clean in your bathroom? For a lot of us, the answer is a little unexpected, but totally logical: the shower curtain! That big, ungainly piece of plastic is great for keeping water and mess from spreading, but keeping it clean can be an uphill battle. Even if you regularly scrub it down with a sponge when cleaning the rest of your shower or throw it in the washing machine, it’s still easy to miss mildew. Plus, even cleaning super-regularly doesn’t prevent the mildew from coming back, unless you want to use tons of cleaners with mysterious chemical elements. What can do both? It’s right there in your pantry: salt! SF Gate’s Home Guides shares with us the best way to use it to clean and prevent mildew build-up.

So how does it work? SO simply! After washing your shower curtain, you soak it in salt water to give it a layer of mildew resistance. That’s it. Here’s the step-by-step process.

You’ll Need

– Table salt
– Laundry detergent
– Vinegar

How To

  1. Wash your shower curtain in your washing machine. SF Gate recommends using a mix of ½ the recommended amount of laundry detergent and 1 cup of vinegar, and adding towels to the load for extra scrubbing.
  2. Put the washed shower curtain in your clean tub. Cover with water, and add 1 cup of salt to the water as it runs.
  3. Stir the water so the salt dissolves and covers the shower curtain. Soak for three hours, then hang to dry.

How easy is that? The salt forms a barrier that fights and prevents mildew, and you can keep your shower and its curtain cleaner for a longer period of time. Have you ever tried this trick before? Do you have methods of your own for keeping the shower curtain clean?