12 Things to Do With an Old Shower Curtain Liner

ways to reuse shower curtain

One of the best ways to save money and be frugal is to find ways to reuse things that can no longer be used for their intended purpose. I’ve gotten pretty good at this over the years, finding uses for jars, spare parts, newspaper, old clothes and many more items that most people just throw away. The other day I needed to replace my shower curtain liner. I hated to just throw it away if I could figure out some other way to use it for a little longer, so I gave it some thought and came up with twelve ways I could reuse the liner.

Wash it and rehang it

Many people don’t realize that a vinyl liner can be washed. If unattractive mold is your only problem, just put it in the washing machine with a little bleach to get the mold off. Don’t put it in the dryer. You can probably do this two or three times before you need to replace the liner.

Use it as a tablecloth

We camp a lot and the picnic tables at the campgrounds are usually pretty dirty. Rather than invest in a special tablecloth, I can use the liner as a tablecloth. It’s water proof, easy to wipe messes off of, and I don’t care if it gets dirty or damaged while we’re camping. I can also put it under the tent or screen room to keep moisture out.

Use it under a blanket for an outdoor picnic

Nothing ruins a picnic more than spreading out your blanket and sitting down on it, only to discover moisture seeping through and onto your rear end. Put the liner under the blanket and your moisture problem is solved. This use also works when gardening or weeding. It gives you a place to keel or sit out of the damp dirt.

Keep it for use as an emergency tarp

We live in hurricane country so damaging storms are always a possibility. We keep tarps in case we need to cover a damaged roof, but a shower curtain liner makes a good spare. It’s waterproof and fairly durable. It also works to cover the grill in winter, or the woodpile.

Give it to the kids for a tent

Hang an old liner over a low tree branch, stake it out so it’s stable, and presto: Your kids have a pup tent to play in.

Use it as a protective floor cover in the garage

When we change the oil in the cars or do other maintenance, invariably oil or some other liquid leaks onto the floor. Putting the liner under the car will keep any liquids from staining the floor. Also, if you have a car that leaks regularly, put the liner where you park to protect the garage floor.

Use it for craft time

When the kids want to paint, glue, or do other messy projects, spread the old liner on the table or floor to contain messes. Any spills, marks, or messes are on the liner, not your table or carpet.

Make it into a bag

If you need a waterproof beach tote or shopping bag, cut and sew your old liner into a bag. No need to worry about sand, leaky sunscreen, or liquids from your groceries messing up a nicer bag.

Use it as a seat cover when hauling the dog

Sometimes when we take the dog to the vet, she barfs from nerves. I have used trash bags for barf containment, but a liner will cover the whole seat at once and can be tucked in and secured better than a bag.

A trunk liner

I haul a lot of soil, fertilizer and other messy things in my trunk during gardening season. Lining the bottom of my trunk with the old shower curtain means no more messes in my trunk.

Cheap entryway protector

We’re in the rainy/icy/snowy season so putting the old liner by the door gives people a place to take off muddy boots and shoes before tromping through the house.

A mattress cover

If you’re toilet training the kids, if someone is sick, or if an older person has nighttime wetting issues, a vinyl liner can be used as a protective mattress cover. Put it underneath the fitted sheet and, if necessary, secure it in place with safety pins.

You can probably come up with more ideas. A shower curtain liner is waterproof and durable which makes it a very useful object, once it’s days lining your shower are done. Don’t just toss it in the landfill. Save yourself some money and find another use for it before you toss it.

(Photo courtesy of s2art)

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15 Responses to 12 Things to Do With an Old Shower Curtain Liner

  1. Lots of stuff we throw away has a second life potential.

    John DeFlumeri Jr

  2. fern says:

    These are all good ideas. I might add that one thing NOT to do is buy another vinyl shower curtain lining.

    Of all the plastics, PVC plastic or vinyl is the most environmentally damaging. Throughout its lifecycle it requires hazardous chemicals in production, releases harmful additives and creates toxic wastes.

    As well as environmentally damaging production PVC consumer products also present a hazard to consumers. Plasticisers are not bound to the plastic and can leach out over time; for instance plasticisers in vinyl flooring, will evaporate into the room. The most common plasticiser, the phthalate DEHP, is a suspected carcinogen.

  3. creditcardfree says:

    Great ideas. I have washed ours several times and it works great. I agree with fern…not to buy another vinyl shower curtain.

  4. crazyliblady says:

    To Fern,
    Wow. I know about BPA and so now have eliminated a lot of it from our home, but I did not know shower curtains are dangerous. What are the alternatives? I rent my home, so I cannot install a shower door or anything.

  5. fern says:

    Instead of a vinyl liner you can use a bamboo curtain. I have priced them, they’r ea little expensive, but would be a totally healthy addiiton to your home.

  6. cheetahwoman7 says:

    Actually, I’ve used one to protect my floor while painting a room. It’s thicker and seems to work better than those “plastic wrap” ones that you buy in the paint department. :)

  7. Joan says:

    Fern, are those bamboo curtains (That had a different menaing in the 1960’s, 70’s!) bamboo sticks or bamboo fabric? I’ve heard that the processing of bamboo into fabric is a very polluting process. Seems like we can’t win for losing.

  8. fern says:

    I was talking about bamboo curtains. If what you said is true, Joan, that’s very disheartening. I guess it’s wroth further research.

  9. Would have never thought of any of those great ideas! Most I ever used them for was rags.

  10. Cindy M says:

    I think like you – an empty container, what can I do with it? Trouble with this is you can accumulate a lot of empty containers and now that I’ve moved to a smaller place, I hate to have much clutter. Think I’ll go out on the net and find out what I can do with my empty coffee cans. I’ve made good use of small pill bottles and jars, however.

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  12. Meaghan says:

    very creative list! thanks for sharing

  13. Mary says:

    We take our old clear vinyl shower curtain, clean it up, and tightly staple it a piece of plywood. Our son uses it as an outdoor drawing board. It’s basically a big dry erase board.

  14. Nancy says:

    What do you do with the empty pill bottles?

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