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Clean Shower Tip: Do You Trim Your Curtain Liner?

updated May 4, 2019
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I will sheepishly admit that I’m not the best at homekeeping. Just like some people grow up with weak skills in personal finance, giving a good handshake, or putting on makeup, the “How to Take Care of a House” lessons went over my head during my formative years. So this apparently plainly obvious bathroom tip is brand new to me: Did you know you’re supposed to trim shower curtain liners?

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I grew up in a home with glass doors on the showers, so the practice of trimming curtain liners escaped me. I bought my first shower curtain and liner for my junior-year college apartment, and in these last seven or eight years of showering behind sheets, I’ve never trimmed a thing. My method for keeping things clean and mold-free is to replace the curtain liner every few months (and it always gets a good spray with the shower cleaner while I’m in there).

(Image credit: Lindsey Kay Averill)

I recently stumbled upon “11 Mistakes You’re Making in the Bathroom” on Huffington Post (I’ll warn that it’s an advertorial—but actually kind of interesting), and found that it made me feel really inadequate. Besides the fact that I should apparently never be barefoot in my own home, it also scared me into thinking that I should have probably died already thanks to mold from not trimming my shower curtain liner:

Where the shower liner hits the tub and where it ripples, as a result of being too wide, are breeding grounds for mold and mildew. One simple solution: trim a few inches from the bottom and sides so it fits the tub perfectly without bunching.

Do you trim your shower curtain liner to fit your shower? Is this universal knowledge I should have picked up on by now?

For anyone who (like me) needs instruction on trimming shower liners, there’s a WikiHow on the subject. Spoiler alert: You just have to measure and cut.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)