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How to Keep a Shower Curtain From Blowing In — 6 Tips & Tricks

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One of the most annoying yet insignificant problems is when you take a shower, and your curtain seems to attack you by blowing inward. It’s not a big deal under most circumstances, but there are ways to prevent the shower curtain from blowing in. Let’s check out some of the easiest and most effective ways to accomplish this task.

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Why Do Shower Curtains Blow In?

There are a few main causes, including air pressure changes, hot air, and air circulation from external sources.

  • Air Pressure Changes: Air pressure changes come from the air pushed by your shower’s water as it cascades down. The air pressure drops dramatically around the flow of water, and that air has to go somewhere.
  • Hot Air: The hot air produced by the shower’s hot water rises and is replaced by cold air from outside of the shower, which seeps in between the sides of the curtain. As the cold air filters in, it presses the shower curtain inward.
  • Air Circulation: Air circulation from external sources, like bathroom windows or fans, can push air in between the shower curtain and make it blow inward. Combined with the two causes above, circulating air can make your shower curtain dance like a kite in the wind.

The 6 Ways to Keep a Shower Curtain From Blowing In

1. Get a Weighted Curtain

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There are many heavy-duty shower liners or curtains available for purchase at stores and online. For instance, heavy-duty vinyl liners are more resistant to air pressure and circulating air and steam.

You can find shower liners and curtains of varying thicknesses, most of which are measured in gauges. For example, a three-gauge liner is thicker than an eight-gauge liner. Getting a thicker shower curtain that weighs more will be less susceptible to swirling air.

2. Use Shower Curtain Clips

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A simple but effective way to stop your shower curtain from blowing in is to get shower curtain clips, which are clips you stick to your shower wall. When you get in the shower, you put the shower curtain in the clips, and they secure it in place.

Not only do these clips protect you from the curtain blowing in, but they also reduce how much unwanted splashing happens. Make sure you space these out along the vertical height of both the shower wall and where the bottom of the curtain is, or else the curtain will just bunch up.

3. Wet the Shower Curtain

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The cheapest of all the methods on this list is to just wet the bottom portion of your shower curtain that’s against the bathtub wall. This is only for curtains, though, because the premise of the tip is that wetting the curtain makes it heavier and more resistant to blowing air.

This is far from foolproof, though, because the middle of the shower curtain tends to scrunch up and allow air in, foiling your efforts. This can be effective for short showers or if you don’t want to shell out for special clips or suction cups.

4. Use Suction Cups

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Suction cups are sometimes included in shower curtains or liners, but you can buy suction cups that clip onto the bottom of your curtain. To use them, firmly press them against the side of the bathtub. Ensure you do this along the entire bottom width of your shower curtain.

Suction cups are one of the best ways to secure a wayward shower curtain. If you don’t use enough suction cups or you don’t attach them securely, they might slide around on the slick bathtub walls while you shower.

5. Attach Your Own Weights to the Curtain

You can craft your own homemade weights to attach to your shower curtain or buy any number of commercial shower curtain weights. Most weights clip onto the bottom of the curtain, where they make the curtain resistant to moving air.

Weights can range from super glued rocks, magnets, or simple ornamental weights with clips. Consider matching your choice with your shower curtain or bathroom aesthetic.

6. Hang Something on the Curtain Rod

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Hanging something heavy over the shower curtain rod adds weight to the curtain and prevents the top half from blowing in on you while you shower. We would suggest a plastic or wire shower organizer, which will serve a dual purpose: extra storage space for shower products, plus it weighs the curtain down.

If you don’t have something like that, you can get creative and use a wet towel or anything that will weigh the curtain down enough for it to not blow in.

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It’s unpleasant and annoying when your shower curtain blows around and sticks to your skin, but there are numerous ways you can choose to fix the problem. Whether you simply glue some small weights to the bottom of the curtain, use clips, or wet the curtain, you’re sure to find a solution to fit your situation.

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