Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Explanations and Solutions to the Shower Curtain Effect

Before discussing solutions, you might want to know why exactly your shower curtain sucks in rather than being pushed outwards.

The "Chimney Effect" theory makes a lot of sense, as everyone knows that hot air rises. However, inward movement continues even when only cold water is used. Therefore, other forces must be involved.

The Bernoulli Effect refers to the flow of water downward causing an increase in velocity, which decreases air pressure within the shower. This decrease in air pressure results in an "air pressure differential".

One can only assume these "effects" work together, causing lightly weighted curtains to be sucked inward. 


Firstly, here's a simple idea that can be quite effective if you have flimsy curtain over and your shower is over a tub. 

It's not really a "solution" as wrestling the curtain into position every morning and making the little puddle can be a pain.

You probably need a heavier curtain

The best way of putting an end to shower curtain cling is to buy a heavy weight curtain that is made to stand up to the effects shown in the picture above. 

>Click here to read my blog post on heavy weight curtains<

If you like the one you have, and would rather not replace it, there are several ways of adding extra weight or using devices specifically designed to hold the curtain out while you're showering. I've tracked down all of the most commonly used products and popular methods people use to solve this problem.

Check out my blog post 5 Ways To Stop Your Shower Curtain Blowing In

Another simple idea I should mention is that the air pressure and hot air rising problems can be minimized to a certain extent by raising the curtain upward a little to allow for some air movement underneath. I haven't tried this approach myself but have read that it can help to minimize the problem.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Tablecloth Weights Are Perfect For Shower Curtains

The weights pictured here are a four piece set, and they're described as "large and heavy". Although they're labelled as tablecloth weights, they're a popular choice for shower curtains as there really is no specialized clip on weight designed to prevent clinging.

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Unlike many other items used to add weight, these are rather stylish, which may be important to those who value a pleasant appearance. Some versions can look a little tacky, or can simply look plain ugly. These shell weights are the most well suited version I could find, and I believe their attractive appearance will not drag down the appearance of your bathroom.In fact, they could even acquire the status of "cute accessory".

Please see the other posts I've written up in this blog which describe a number of other techniques and products that are available to keep your curtain from molesting you.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Magnets and Weights for Shower Curtains

The magnets shown here will not only add that extra weight your shower curtain needs, but they can obviously also magnetically stick your shower curtain to your bathtub.

1. Popular method
2. Magnets hold each other in place (place one on either side of the curtain)
3. Pack of 10 

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These particular magnets have been used in order to stop clinging and billowing, with one Amazon reviewer stating 'bought these to weigh down a shower curtain, worked like a charm'. I guess it goes without saying, but if you're having a brain fade moment and you're wondering how these are attached, it's as simple as placing one on each side of the curtain. These magnets are very powerful for their size, and will hold each other in place easily. They are also going to be great for those who have metal tubs, as they add the extra weight and also add magnetism to secure your curtain to your tub.

Clip On Shower Curtain Weights  

1. Adds 6.4 ounces
2. Pack of 4
3. Marketed as tablecloth weights

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If you'd rather clip on some weights, you could also consider a product like these ceramic weights pictured above. Each of these clip on weights is 1.6 ounces. They're sold in a pack of 4, meaning it'll give your shower curtain an extra 6.4 ounces. Perhaps the heading above this picture is a little misleading because they're actually sold as table cloth weights, but they'll clip onto a shower curtain just fine. They're described as decorative, as they have an aged ceramic blue and white scroll design. If you're checking these out on Amazon, take a look at the items that others bought or viewed, and you'll find a reasonable variety to choose from. 

Gravitational Pull

If you're obese, your enormous mass may be creating a gravitational pull which is sucking in shower curtain. 

I'm obviously totally kidding. However, perhaps losing a few inches off your waist might make you a little less vulnerable...

Seriously though, there's several theories, with the most accepted being the Bernoulli's principle, which states that air pressure is decreased by an increase in velocity, which occurs due to the flowing of water. Basically, the air movement caused by the flow of the water causes a difference between the air pressure inside and outside. This is actually increased when there is no gap between the floor and the bottom of the liner. Therefore, creating a gap may allow you to minimize the effect.

Other theories focus on the simple fact that heat rises, which results in cooler air being sucked upwards. Whether it's vortexes, air pressure or condensation, it seems likely that there are several factors at play. Or perhaps the problem is that all air feels entitled to the same conditions. The cold air outside the shower feels ostracized, demeaned and shut out, whilst the privileged hot air boastfully puffs itself up in a display of excess and privilege. Your curtain's blowing around and billowing is simply a manifestation of our consumerist capitalist society.

What are your options? 

The magnets pictured above appear to be the most popular option. However, there's a variety of products and ideas for stopping shower curtains from blowing inwards. Check out the other posts in this blog in which I go into a fair bit of detail.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Shower Curtain Clips and Sealers

I'm going to show you 3 different kinds of shower curtain clips and clamps which allow you to secure your curtain to prevent clinging and splashes. 

Shower Curtain Clips

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These Splash Clips are put in position with a simple 'peel and stick' with the adhesion lasting for years of use. Basically, this is not a cheap nasty product that will fall off after a few weeks of use, and will give you years of increased curtain control. Clips such as these can also be very useful for stopping water from splashing around the sides onto your bathroom floor.

A pack of 2 of these clips can be purchased from Amazon for $4.99, which is a relatively cheap buy considering the frustration and hassle they can save. For example, I used to get shampoo or conditioner bottles and sit them on top of my curtain every morning to keep it from getting sucked in and to keep my floor from getting soaked. These kinds of hassles just make life more of a headache than it already is.

Magnetic Curtain Clip

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This magnetic clip and splash stopper is designed for showers positioned over tubs. The triangular shower curtain clip is shaped to keep water in, whilst also clipping the curtain in place a magnetic clip on the inner side. This is essentially a "two in one" product, which will help keep your floors dry and minimize liner movement. When you run a deep bath, it's easy to create little waves which flow over the edge of your bath. This especially the case when you have kids. I remember when I was young I'd intentionally move back and forth to create waves, which would often surge over the edge of the tub. This clip would've saved my mum a few headaches.

Shower Curtain Sealer

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For a more heavy duty approach, you may want to consider this magnetic Curtain Sealer.

If you'd like to get a little more forceful with your shower curtain, this magnetic clamp will hold it firmly in place, and keep it there. This product uses an adhesive to stick to the wall, and locks in place magnetically. The manufacturers describe this as a heavy duty plastic shower lock, that will hold any curtain in place to prevent slips and falls. Interestingly, one benefit described in this products write-up is the fact that using a product such as this can minimize laundry costs. I hadn't actually considered this benefit but I guess this is quite simple really. Instead of using towels to soak up water off the floor, they can just be used for their actual purpose and hung to dry for next time.

This heavy duty sealer/clamp is a more expensive option than a pair of clips. I guess when you look at the benefits, such as eliminating the 'blow-in', keeping floors (and your socks) dry, minimizing laundry and preventing slips and falls, this product is actually worth the money. However, these same benefits seem to be able to be gained with a pair of clips, which are less expensive.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Extra Heavy Shower Curtains

These heavy shower curtains will minimize the 'blow-in effect' in order to stop your shower curtain from clinging to you. You can choose between a weighted hem curtain and heavy curtains made of thick extra heavy vinyl. Extra weight is a very basic and effective solution to the problem.

Extra Heavy Vinyl Curtain

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The curtain pictured  is made of 10 gauge heavy duty anti-bacterial vinyl, which will be far less likely to get sucked in and cling to you.  Believe it or not, there are several scientific theories on shower curtain 'blow-in'. One of these theories is the Buoyancy Theory, which states that as the hot air within the shower rises upward, it sucks in air underneath and around the bottom of the curtain, causing it to be sucked in. The extra weight provided by the thick vinyl is intended to stand up to this effect.  

Weighted Hem Curtain

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The weighted hem shower curtain comes in a range of designs and colors and is specifically designed to stay in place as it has a weighted hem. This is one of those products with a feature that is so incredibly basic, yet relatively uncommon. It would appear to make sense that a weighted hem is a standard feature, due to the high number of people suffering with clingy shower curtains every day. The funny thing is that many people would not even be aware of the fact that weighted shower curtains exist, and continue to suffer from daily attacks by cheap lightweight curtains. 

Shower Curtain With Pockets

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This provides extra weight and extra storage space. The weight of your shampoo and shower products will hold the curtain where it should be. This also allows you to intentionally weigh it down with heavier objects. Most people probably have enough hair care products and body washes sitting on the floor of their shower to fill up the pockets and add heaps of extra weight. The floor inside my shower is cluttered with shampoos, conditioners, shaving cream and all sorts of stuff, which makes me extremely tempted to purchase one of these.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

5 Ways To Stop Your Shower Curtain Blowing In

I'm going to show you 5 clever ways to stop your shower curtain from blowing in sticking to you. It's incredibly annoying when your shower curtain gets sucked in and sticks to you. Most people don't know how simple it is to put a stop to it.

The 'Curtain Bouncer'

The Curtain Bouncer may seem like a slightly bizarre product, but its design is very logical and it seems as though it would be effective at preventing clinging. This product is made from polypropylene and the manufacturers claim that it should not break under normal conditions. It's currently not available on Amazon, but can be purchased through for $20. It ships from the UK.

Magnets as Shower Curtain Weights

This is actually a very popular way of stopping shower curtains from blowing around. Simply weigh it down with these magnets, which act like curtain weights. This simple yet effective solution will provide your curtain with the weight it needs to prevent it from sticking to you. Unlike regular curtain weights, these require no adhesives, and no stitching. They're easily secured in position by placing one on each side, as obviously their magnetic force allows them to hold each other tightly against the curtain. These can also be used to stick the curtain to your tub.  

Curved Shower Curtain Rod

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These only cost $27 and they are adjustable, so you don't have to stress to much about ensuring you get the right size. They are designed to fit standard sized bathtub enclosures (56-72"). Reviews on Amazon show that they are easy to install and definitely create a little extra space to help keep your shower curtain from clinging to you. Increasing your shower space to give yourself a little extra elbow room is a pretty basic solution to the problem, and when combined with other measures, such as ensuring you have a thick, quality curtain, your shower curtain should no longer be sucked in.

Shower Curtain Clips

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These clever little shower curtain clips hold the curtain out and away. All you need do is stick them on as they have a strong adhesive which the manufacturer claims will last years. These will also stop leaks and splashes escaping around the side of your curtain. Oxo Good Grips have a reputation for producing these kinds of clever products, with a focus on home and kitchen items. Buyers seem to agree that these clips are unobtrusive and are reasonably aesthetic once put in place.

Shower Curtain Rod Organizer

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Minimize your curtains ability to attack you whilst creating extra storage space.

This organizer only costs $6.99 and hangs from your shower curtain rod, creating somewhat of a barricade to block out your shower curtain and minimize its ability to stick to you. Obviously, the intention of this product isn't to function as the 'Curtain Bouncer' does. However, it would appear that it would very possible for it to be used to restrict your curtain's ability to suck in and stick to you. It would also be relatively easy to attach and  lower some type of item from the organizer in order to extend the 'barricade' downwards to prevent the curtain for clinging to your lower body.

Not only will this stop your shower curtain from attacking you, but the pockets it provides will be extremely handy for minimizing clutter, which tends to accumulate on your shower floor over time. I have about 10 different shampoo and conditioner bottles, along with shaving cream, and a bunch of other random stuff on my shower floor. An organizer such as this can perform two functions, protecting you from your curtain, and keeping things up off the floor, within easy reach.

Avoid cheap lightweight curtains!!!

One of the most important things to remember is that cheap shower curtains should be avoided. Usually the quality of a shower curtain is directly proportional to it how clingy it will be.

Finally, If you're looking for an answer as to why your shower curtain is sucked inwards and upwards, rather than downwards and outwards as would seem logical, there's a number of theories which discuss the cause of the shower curtain suck-in phenomenon. Some are quite complex, discussing vortexes and air pressure, computational fluid dynamics. However, one simple theory simply states that the flow of hot air upwards is responsible for sucking cool air from underneath, which creates the 'suck-in' effect. Bathrooms with fans which switch on automatically when the lights are turned on are notorious for exacerbating this effect.

My housemate and I actually removed the curtain because we got so sick of this happening. This then obviously created the problem of water splashing all over the floor. It also just felt totally wrong, like I was exposed and any moment someone could walk in and see me showering. I got really tired of out bathroom floor being covered in water, and started looking for solutions.

I hope my blog is helpful and puts an end to your shower curtain troubles =)