My city is humid all year round (often hovering at 95% and still not raining); combine that with winter and aluminium frames and it means sweating windows which need to be wiped down daily. It also means net curtains need to be periodically washed to keep them free of grime and mold.
For a family with sensitive skin, I prefer to use more natural options for cleaning (than commercial chemicals). I wanted to see if I could find any advice on washing net curtains and found these great step by step instructions.
- Put warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar in a bathtub (or large bucket). Swirl around (agitate) and make sure the curtains are covered. Leave to soak for an hour.
- Drain the water. Refill with a fresh batch of warm water and 1 cup of baking soda (bicarbonate soda). Swirl around and make sure the curtains are covered. Leave to soak for an hour.
- Treat any stains remaining on the curtains. Create a paste using four tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of water. Apply this paste to your curtain and rub it into the stains. After working the baking soda thoroughly into the stains, apply a little undiluted vinegar.
- Wash normally in the washing machine (on a gentle / delicate cycle).
- Line dry in the sun.
Tip: The reason for needing separate soaking times is because baking soda (base) + white vinegar (acid) will largely cancel each other out and reduce effectiveness if you use them at the same time.
Tip: Don’t put the net curtains in the dryer (not even on Low). They shrink – I speak from experience!