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If your shower has a curtain, be sure to avoid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic—it's pretty nasty stuff. The production of PVC often results in creating dioxins, a group of highly toxic compounds, and once in your home, PVC releases chemical gases and odors. Once you're done with it, it can't be recycled and is known to leach chemicals that can eventually make their way back into our water system.

So be on the lookout for PVC-free plastic—even places like IKEA carry them now—or go for a more permanent solution, like hemp, which is naturally resistant to mold, as long as you keep your bathroom well-ventilated.

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