Around five years ago, I bought my first fabric shower curtain. I was naive enough not to use a liner with it, and despite washing it regularly, within a year the bottom quarter of the curtain was covered in mildew. I tried washing the curtain multiple times–even soaking it in straight bleach–but was unsuccessful at getting rid of all the mildew. I was pregnant and nesting, so I discarded it and bought a new all-white fabric one. In an attempt to avoid the same problems with the new curtain, I started buying inexpensive curtain liners from Dollar Tree to use with it. I have not had to replace another fabric shower curtain since.
Durability is the main issue with these curtain liners; they are quite flimsy. When my husband was deployed and when my toddler was just a baby, these liners lasted quite a while–one lasted without ripping or tearing for a year! Now that my family shares a single tub and shower, my husband is home every day, and my baby has become a rambunctious three-year-old, these do not last nearly as long. On occasion, they have lasted less than a month because of tearing. Only rarely have I used this shower curtain liner without an actual curtain, and it worked for my use.
I have never tried to clean these curtain liners because, for the price, frankly, I would just replace them. Regardless, I have not had any issues with mildew or soap scum with these.
Ultimately, these work as liners, and certainly the price is right, but because I am trying to reduce my family’s footprint, I am exploring longer-lasting options.
A final note: If you prefer white liners as I do, you should stock up when you find them because on occasion, I have been unable to locate any other than beige at any of our local Dollar Tree stores.