How do I Choose the Best Shower Curtain Liner?

G. Wiesen

As you look for the best shower curtain liner, you should consider the type of shower you have and what you want the liner to accomplish. You should be sure that your liner will properly fit your shower and stay in place. It is also a good idea to find a liner that will help you keep your shower as clean as possible. You should also look for a shower curtain liner that will block as little or as much light as you would like from outside the shower.

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Woman holding a book

A shower curtain liner is an item that is fairly similar to a shower curtain in shape and appearance, usually consisting of a single sheet of material with a number of metal rings or other connectors at one end. This liner is typically placed on the rod of a shower, along with a shower curtain, and is placed on the inside of the shower while the curtain hangs outside of the shower. The shower curtain liner allows the curtain itself to remain clean of water spots and mildew, while also providing protection for the area outside of the shower from water spray.

As you look for the best shower curtain liner for your needs you should keep a few simple considerations in mind. You should look for a liner that will fit your shower, especially if your shower is especially large or your curtain rod is higher than in most other showers. Some liners also have small weights along the bottom of the liner to better keep it in place. You might also consider a shower curtain liner with suction cups along the edges, to keep it closer to the edges of the shower and prevent water from escaping the shower due to splashing.

Different materials are often used to make liners, and you should look for a shower curtain liner that you can keep clean as easily as possible. Liners are typically made from cloth or vinyl that you can easily wash in a standard washing machine whenever needed. Some liners are also made with antibacterial chemicals added to the liner to help prevent the formation of mildew and require less cleaning.

You should also keep in mind the color you would like as you choose a shower curtain liner. A color that matches your shower curtain can enhance the aesthetic of the curtain and make for a more appealing appearance from outside the shower. These curtains can often block light, however, and make the shower darker inside, so you might also consider a clear curtain to keep the inside of the shower well lit.

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Discussion Comments


@talentryto- Whether you use a cheap or an expensive shower curtain liner, you can save money by cleaning it so you don't have to replace it as often. The cleaning solution you choose will help you control mold and mildew.

White vinegar is a good choice for cleaning your shower curtain liner, since it removes mold and mildew and helps prevent it from coming back. Bleach diluted with water will also work very well, though it is a lot stronger and the smell of it is offensive to some people.

You can also purchase a commercial cleaning solution that is especially formulated for use in the tub and shower. This type of cleaner is also good for removing mold and mildew and preventing it from quickly returning.


@talentryto- I like to use cheap shower curtain liners for the same reason. In my opinion, there is little difference between them and more expensive shower curtains liners.


It seems like my shower curtain liners are always getting mold and mildew on them, so I don't like to spend a lot of money on them. Do cheap shower curtain liners work just as well as those that are costly?

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