Using a Shower Curtain Liner

July 13, 2017

Are all shower curtain liners supposed to be longer than the shower curtain itself? Mine is, and gets really grungy at the bottom. How far off the floor should it be hung? If I hang it so that the liner is off the floor, the shower curtain doesn't look right cause it's shorter. Did I just buy one that's too long?


Thnx in advance.


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July 13, 20170 found this helpful

The liner should be longer than the curtain. It should reach inside the tub, so the water drains into the tub, and not on the bathroom floor. I used to wash mine in the machine

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July 13, 20170 found this helpful

Yes. The liner goes inside the tub. The curtain goes on the outside.

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July 14, 20170 found this helpful

Shower curtain liners are supposed to be longer so they hang inside your shower or tub so the water runs back into the shower and not on your floor. Some liners have magnets that will "stick" to your tub but so many showers/tubs are now "plastic" so these do not work.


Many people buy a heavy liner and clean it in the washer when it gets dirty. Others just opt to buy a cheap liner at the dollar store and just replace it when it gets dirty.
Liners are sold in different colors so determine what would look best if your regular curtain is a "see through" type.
Please do not make the mistake of spraying bleach type cleaner on the bottom to clean the grunge unless you plan to do a very through cleaning and rinsing of your tub job BEFORE anyone takes a shower as this creates a very slippery and dangerous surface.

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July 14, 20170 found this helpful

Cybergrannie is right. I use the spray foaming can from the dollar tree once a week. Then take my shower. I don't even have to scrub. Hope that helps.

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, the liner is longer so it can be kept inside the tub so when you shower the water doesn't get out.. But to be honest, I skip the liner because I don't like it.

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June 4, 2018

Many of us have had this problem especially if you don't have a cast iron tub and a magnetic curtain. One solution would be to weigh the bottom down with something sewn into a new hem.

Binder clips to keep a shower curtain liner from billowing.

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August 25, 2021

Do you use 2 shower curtain rods (1 for the liner and the other for the curtain) or just 1 and put both the shower curtain and liner on the same rod. I have always used two but I wonder will 1 rod suffice?

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August 18, 2020

It was an endless battle keeping the outdoor toys clean. My friend suggested going to the dollar store and getting shower curtains.


I got the liners because they are white. Perfect solution! I save water, detergent, and time.

An outdoor car covered with a plastic shower curtain liner.

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