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Subject: No more plastic/vinyl shower curtains
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 4:14 AM ET
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I just wanted to share my solution.  For years I wanted to do away with the nasty plastic in the bathroom...but polyester doesn't appeal to me either, and the newer organic cotton and hemp curtains don't have the best rep, plus they are just awful expensive.  We do have a moisture issue in my home, too...so I didn't want to spend $100 just to have the curtain mildew and stain.  So, for awhile we went without a curtain and just put extra towels on the floor.  Works.

Now, we've been using towels for about a year.  And it works great!  I just took a couple nice looking but older towels, and safety pinned them across the shower bar, which I lowered...but not all the way - I leave an inch above the tub so the towels have a better chance to dry.  They lasted a couple month before I felt they needed a good wash and sun dry!  And it feels all cozy in there. 

When I first put them up, I needed three towels, but I've since gotten a wider towel, and 2 do fine...and it's easy to slip in and out through the middle.  Easy to match your decor...and looks rather nice!

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 9:29 AM ET
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An excellent suggestion, plus, for anyone who sews, terrycloth is readily available at the yardage stores and is WIDE. Also comes in lots of colors and designs. But I like the idea of hanging large towels - kind of like the porch banners - lol.
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 2:01 PM ET
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I have been planning on shower doors (for about 2 years now. I'm slow).  This is an interesting alternative.


Do I read that right you have a gap between the towels & the tub top?  Doesn't that let water out?

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Date Posted: 7/12/2009 2:44 PM ET
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I don't know why cotton or hemp have a "rep" , but how about ignoring rumor and giving a try to natural fabric? Years ago I found a canvas (cotton) shower curtain at an estate sale. I have used it ever since. The heavy, dense fabric does not allow water to penetrate, and it dries fairly quickly. Now, I live alone, so there is no more than one use a day, often not even that. Nonetheless, the curtain can easily be taken down and laundered whenever needed. You could make your own by purchasing canvas at the local fabric store, putting a hem around the perimeter, and inserting metal grommets across the top for the rings. That won't cost anywhere near $100.
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Date Posted: 7/23/2009 10:38 PM ET
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I have shower doors and hate them. We move in less than two weeks and will once again have shower cutains, yay!! I dont like the plastic liners or curtains, so I use cloth ones. I get bored with styles easily so I have a few different ones. I make my own table clothes, and like the idea of the terrycloth curtains. Maybe I will give that  try. Thanks for the idea.

BTW: I couldnt imagine paying $100 for a shower curtain.

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Subject: My shower curtain is not plastic
Date Posted: 7/25/2009 2:28 AM ET
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i wash mine and hang it to dry,it is a breathable cloth material that does not rip like plastic and it lasts alot longer too : )

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 8:37 PM ET
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Sorry I didn't get back to answer questions!  Summer busies! 

Yes, there is a 1" or so gap...not much water goes under...and I hang toward the inside of the tub rather than the outside...most water is simply splashed while showering. 

I know there is a lot of poly out there, but I didn't want that type of cloth either.  Canvas has always been used in wet situations (think boat/ship), but I thought it might need ironing to look decent...a viable option...just not worth the retail tag!  I'm really enjoying the towels, it makes the shower homey-er.  ;-)

Y'all had some great thoughts!  Love it!