When it comes to creating an eco-friendly shower, most of us focus on a low-flow showerhead to reduce water use. But don’t forget the shower curtain. Cheap plastic shower curtains come from petroleum by-products, and they usually end up in landfills pretty quickly since they just don’t last. And worst of all, they can seriously hurt the indoor air quality in your home by off-gassing some nasty toxins.
Some of the most problematic toxins commonly found in plastic shower curtains are endocrine disrupters called phthalates. Studies have linked phthalate exposure to health problems like allergies and asthma, and even neurological issues (especially in children).
So skip the plastic and consider a natural cotton shower curtain. A quality, heavy-weight cotton shower curtain will prevent any spray or leakage outside the shower stall, and won’t absorb too much water. Just be sure to pull the curtain closed after use so it can dry thoroughly.
Cotton shower curtains are easy to launder when needed, and here’s a bonus tip: we’ve heard that adding a little borax works wonders for dealing with any mildew issues (both for removing mildew stains and preventing future mold growth). Below are a couple of our favorite options:
Heavy-Duty Cotton Shower Curtain, 72″ x 72″ (white), $30.30 at Amazon.
Tub-Size Cotton Shower Curtain, 65″ x 72″ (assorted colors), $39.95 at Amazon.