A big decision that homeowners must make when remodeling their bathrooms is whether to have a glass shower door installed or a curtain. Local realtors say, glass doors that are sparkly clean definitely have an advantage over shower curtains in that they look more higher end.

There are many advantages to having a shower door. They are usually made out of extremely sturdy glass and don't need to be replaced for several years. They are also easy to clean and don't attract as much mold as curtains. When they do get dirty, shower doors can be wiped down with some window cleaner and a rag. While doors aren't as colorful or as versatile as curtains, there are still different types and styles available depending on your needs and tastes.

Another drawback with curtains is that studies also show that vinyl curtains that contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) contain chemicals that are extremely detrimental towards human health and the environment. These toxins can cause headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, and damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system. Developing young children are especially sensitive to these chemicals.

While many major retailers have completely discontinued selling PVC curtains, some still stock them alongside non PVC alternatives. It is best to check the label or ask an employee before purchasing a shower curtain from any store.

Non-PVC curtains can be made out of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) which is healthier, but still made out of polycarbonate based plastic and detrimental towards the environment. Fabric curtains are an even better material. They are machine washable, so maintenance is fairly easy. Hemp is an ideal material for fabric shower curtains, for it is naturally resistant to mold and mildew.

So the bottom line is that if you want to avoid the health risks associated with some shower curtains, choosing a glass door is a better alternative.