How To: Re-Use Vinyl Shower Curtains

We replaced our vinyl shower liner with a new curtain, but we felt bad about just chucking the old one in the trash. We decided to keep it to use around the house because it seemed like something that could come in handy. We're glad we did, because we've already used it a multiple times as a drop cloth when we've painted. After the jump, read a few more ideas for re-purposing a vinyl shower curtain.

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The curtain was used as a drop cloth when we painted this table

Re-use a vinyl shower curtain:
• As a tarp beneath a picnic blanket or a tent while camping
• To protect the table when crafting, especially when using glue, paint or other messy materials
• To re-sew into a rain poncho or smock
• As a tarp for outdoor furniture and the lawn mower, to protect from the rain
• Lining car seats when transporting animals
• In the trunk of a car when hauling messy loads
• As a tablecloth at a picnic table
• For a Halloween costume (Hello! Daniel Russo's LaRusso's brilliant shower costume in Karate Kid, anyone?)

Before re-using, disinfect your shower curtain in the washing machine with warm water and detergent. Be sure to wash it with a couple of towels so that the curtain has something to grab onto for a thorough cleaning. Then hang to air dry.

The locking plastic shower curtain rings can also be re-purposed. Some people have used them as:
• key rings
• a carabiner to attach items like water bottles or shoes to a backpack
• a parrot toy
• a lock to prevent small children and animals from getting into cabinets

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