Country Lore: Reusing Plastic Shower Curtains

Plastic shower curtains can do more than just keeping water where it belongs. When the time comes to replace an old curtain, here are some creative ways to reuse it.
By Melissa Veliz
February/March 2010
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When it's time to paint, old plastic shower curtains work very well as drop cloths.
ILLUSTRATION: WICHITTRA SRISUNON/FOTOLIA


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Rather than throwing out plastic shower curtains when they’re no longer fit for the shower, try one of these creative reuses:

  • Drop cloths for painting
  • Tarps to cover firewood piles or anything else you don’t want to get wet
  • Arts and crafts table cover
  • Ground cloth for gardening or working on the car
  • Protection for your car’s seats or trunk from dirty bags of manure, plants, muddy boots, etc.
  • Family-size poncho
  • Mini-greenhouse or cold frame for the garden. Build a frame with plastic pipe or scrap wood, and drape the curtain over it. Use stakes to secure it to the ground.
  • Killer of particularly bothersome weeds. Stake the shower curtain to the ground, and cover with mulch and attractive potted plants. After a few months, you can pull the corners up to form a bag around the mulch, and move it to another location in your yard.

Melissa Veliz
Lubbock, Texas








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BringYourOwnBags_2
1/26/2010 11:04:10 PM
I would not recommend reusing vinyl shower curtains around your vegetable garden or having them come in contact with young children as can easily leech lead, dioxin, and other poisonous chemicals. See more here: http://www.chej.org/BESAFE/pvc/index.htm

Tom Roberts
1/26/2010 8:22:09 PM
Be sure to put the soap scum side up or out!! :-)








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