I’m getting settled in my new home and I’m adjusting to the downsizing.
I only have one small bathroom in my new home. It’s a pretty bathroom with a standard tub/shower combination. My problem is that whenever I take a shower I am attacked by my shower curtain. It blows in and wraps itself around me. Yikes! I can’t remember this ever happening to me before. In one of my old bathrooms I had a shower with a glass door (no shower curtain) and in the other bathroom the tub/shower combination had a shower curtain but the bathtub was very large and the shower curtain wasn’t as close to me as in this standard size bathtub and it didn’t attack me. It’s very annoying and traumatizing to have the shower curtain wrap around you just as you get all wet and soapy. It makes shampooing your hair and rinsing off almost impossible.
I decided to check the internet and see if anyone else has had this problem. Wow! There are about 4,000,000 people out there who are also being traumatized by their shower curtains.
This is what I gleaned from reading the many questions and answers to this problem.
1. Actually, scientists disagree as to what is happening to cause this. Some say rising heat in the bathroom causes this, others say water speed causes airflows, and one says it's a vortex effect, like a cyclone. Whatever it is, it is very annoying to be attacked by an inanimate object.
2. It seems that most of the solutions to this phenomenon don’t really work.
3. One solution is to open the bathroom window while taking a shower. That would mean cold air during the cold of winter and my bathroom does NOT have a window.
4. Don’t have the water flow too hard. Supposedly the jet of the water sucks the air in from the outside of the tub allowing the curtain to be pushed in. I like the fast hard water massage pressure, so this one is out for me.
5. Another suggested solution is to buy the magnet weighted shower curtain and the magnets will stick to the tub and keep the shower curtain in place. My tub is fiberglass, as are most new tubs, so this won’t work. My shower curtain does have weights at the bottom but the weights are not very heavy and do not hold the shower curtain down. One person suggested sitting heavy shampoo bottles on the curtain on the tub edge to anchor the curtain down (too much like work) and I definitely do not want to do this every night. I would probably knock it all down ... LOL!
6. Another suggestion is to turn on the overhead exhaust fan (I do this anyway to eliminate steamed mirrors) but this doesn’t work either. I’m still attacked by my evil shower curtain but my mirrors are steam free.
7. Another suggestion is to leave the bathroom door open while showering. I did this, it lessens the wrapping effect somewhat but this can’t be done if there is company in the house. I would hate to frighten my house guests.
8. The best solution that I read and one that I just might end up doing (although I don’t really want to do this) is to replace the shower curtain with a sliding glass door. More maintenance, yuck! You can just throw a shower curtain in the washing machine every now and then if it needs cleaning and my shower curtain is very pretty (just annoying).
I’m going to buy a heavy vinyl shower curtain liner and see if this makes a difference. The one I have now is a light weight liner with a pretty outer curtain. Maybe the heavy vinyl liner will work better.
Help! There has to be a solution to this trauma. It’s hard for me to believe that the whole world is attacked every night by an evil shower curtain and I’m just now finding out about it. What do you do to keep your shower curtain from blowing in and sticking to you while showering? Me and about 4,000,000 other people will appreciate your help in solving this problem.