Clean curtains the thrifty way

Miss Thrifty3 March 30, 2010

curtain I’ve found a cheap new way to clean curtains. Confession time : it’s about reinvigorating rather than washing, but I was reluctant to call this post Reinvigorate curtains the thrifty way as it would have made me sound a bit… Bree from Desperate Housewives. Also, I can’t test it out myself as I don’t have a tumble dryer (ZOMG I am that thrifty), but I like this one’s simplicity/cheapness and want to put it out there, so if you test it out please let me know how well it works.

You need:

  • Your drab, dusty curtain(s).
  • A tumble dryer.
  • A wet towel.

Remove the hooks. Pop your curtain(s) and the wet towel in the tumble dryer and run for 15 minutes.

That’s it! The wet towel picks up the dust – the curtains should come out looking brighter and cleaner.

This nugget came courtesy of Frugal Grandma, who posted me a page of household tips torn from one of her anonymous grandma magazines. Some of these tips are alarmingly cat ladyish – like the one about scenting your kitty’s litter tray with talcum powder – but I am going to road test a few of the others, and will report back on the best of the bunch.

Image credit: mike@bensalem.

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3 Responses to “Clean curtains the thrifty way

Claire says:

This sounds fantastic, but I like you don’t have a tumble dryer. does it work for other dry cleaning situations (like coats or suits for example), if so the investment in a dryer might well be worth it.

The last time I needed to get curtains cleaned (my 2 year old sprayed my cream linen curtains with hot chocolate – nice!) it cost me £70 and they shrunk at the dry cleaners.

I was livid, still am truth be told!!

They’re currently up but look dreadful, I need to take them down, take them apart and re-sew them, but it’s a couple of days work and I just don’t have the time.

Moan, Groan!

March 31, 2010 at 9:05 am

will give a try on my curtains. just in time, they badly need cleaning.

April 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Chris says:

Tried this with heavy curtains. Put little dishwasher and teaspoon of vinegar in sink to wet the towel. Wrung out towel to very damp. Rolled towel in a curtain and gave the roll an hour in the drier.
Result dust and cat hair collected: better smell: curtains looked cleaner.

January 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm

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