Hidden Allergens: Shower Curtains

Today's hidden allergen spotlight turns on the shower curtain, which can cause problems for allergy sufferers in a couple of ways: through off-gassing, and through the possible presence of mold.

Firstly, consider vinyl shower curtains, those clear plastic ones that are probably the most common and probably most often the cheapest kind of shower curtain you can buy. Even if it's not decorative, many people use a clear shower curtain as a liner to keep water from getting on decorative shower curtains. But have you ever noticed the ‘new plastic’ smell when you open up the shower curtain package?

That's off-gassing, and it could trigger multiple chemical sensitivity symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, and vomiting, as well as set off allergies or asthma

2 thoughts on “Hidden Allergens: Shower Curtains

  1. alfredo August 27, 2011 / 3:39 pm

    I. used so many type's of shower curtain, but when I use the chemichal, for clean the bathroom, make reaction, allergy,nausea, headaches, asthma,what can I do? what tipe of curtain shower can I use? thank you.

  2. Kevin September 18, 2011 / 9:11 am

    Vital Oxide by Ecology Works is a great product for this. I've used it to remove as well as prevent mold from a variety of surfaces in the bathroom. Non-toxic, no fumes and won't irritate nasal passages, eyes or skin.

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