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Unread 02-23-2008, 02:52 PM   #1
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moldy bathroom rug

Anybody else have problems with their bathroom rug getting moldy? I wash mine every once in a while. But last night I was in the bathroom and smelled mold. It was the rug! I had to have my DH come in and throw it out because I am very alergic. I'm so frustrated because I don't like stepping out of the bath or shower onto a cold floor. Does anybody have any ideas how I can prevent it from getting moldy or an idea of something else I can put down that won't get moldy?
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I would just get a few of those towel like mats. I have a couple, and I would just use them for a few days and throw them in the wash with the towels. I've never liked those rug like bath mats for that reason. And then don't even get me started about having those rug things around the toilet especially if you have men in the house!
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Oh and I never leave the mat on the floor...I always fold in over the edge of the tub so it dries.
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Oh and I never leave the mat on the floor...I always fold in over the edge of the tub so it dries.
This will help for sure.

And I totally agree about the rug around the toilet with men in the house. YUCK!
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We hang our rug up over the rod after every use. We found it didn't get enough air circulation to completely dry out every day if it was just draped over the tub.
Very important since there is no fan in our old-house bathroom.
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I just step onto the tile floor.

Less clutter, easier to keep clean. We have a lot of allergies.

I do run the heat lamp on chilly mornings though.
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we have a towel-like bathmat. It gets put down right before stepping in the shower, then once a person is dried off it gets draped over the side of the tub. Wash it every week (or twice a week if I'm doing laundry). Clean, non cluttery, and no mold.
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we have a towel-like bathmat. It gets put down right before stepping in the shower, then once a person is dried off it gets draped over the side of the tub. Wash it every week (or twice a week if I'm doing laundry). Clean, non cluttery, and no mold.
We do the same thing here~ never had any mold issues.

We have a fan in the bathroom (ceiling/venting fan) that helps keep air circulation going, too~
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i've found the ones that have the rubber backing tend to mold and mildew more so than the ones that are just like a towel...

we haven't had problems with the towel-like ones. i have two identical ones and i just throw it in the laundry every 3-4 days or so. and put the other one down.
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I've never had this problem. I've used both the shaggy rugs and the mat type. We've had better success with the mat type because our cats tend to pee on the shaggy ones.
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We have a washable shaggy rug with rubber bottom. I just throw it in the wash every week or two, and it never gets moldy. My allergies would tell me if it did!
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Another thing that will help prevent (or get rid of it) the mold is to wash the rugs with some vinegar. Vinegar helps get rid of mold. I actually wash my towels with about 1/2 cup of vinegar every few weeks or so to get rid of smells, mold and excess soap. They come out fresh and clean. And they don't smell like vinegar since you only use a small amount.
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I have heard of washing your towels with vinegar to remove the soap. Do you still use laundry detergent or just the vinegar?
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I put a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle.
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Ours are rubber backed from Penneys and we have had them for years with no problems. They go in the wash every week or so and I use bleach every so often. I bleach the towels about every other wash too. We have windows and a vent in our bathroom (always have) so maybe that is another reason why they never mold?
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One thing to help prevent it is to make your family dry off in the shower before stepping out onto the rug. It really does help a lot. I hate stepping onto the rug after someone has dripped a gallon of water onto it, so I have finally "trained" my family to dry off in the shower where the water can drain as it should. Yes, I still do a bit of final drying off while standing on the rug, but the water isn't streaming off of me anymore.
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I have heard of washing your towels with vinegar to remove the soap. Do you still use laundry detergent or just the vinegar?
Yes, I still use detergent and add the vinegar in the rinse cycle. Towels don't need nearly as much detergent as you think. The first time I used vinegar in the rinse my machine must have done 3 or 4 rinses to get rid of all the excess suds. I was shocked. I tend to go lighter on the detergent when washing towels.
Also, something I learned about vinegar - never use it when using bleach. Forms a toxic gas or something.
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I wash mine usually once a week. Also good ventilation is good! I keep the door open to the bathroom after my shower for a long while.
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This will help for sure.

And I totally agree about the rug around the toilet with men in the house. YUCK!
I prefer to keep the rugs in front of the potty with men (I just use a small one that doesn't wrap around because our toilet base is unsually wide).

Anyway, I prefer to use them and wash them frequently because it prevents the pee from collecting in my grout which is impossible to clean and from me stepping in wet dribbles. Yes, I'm stepping on it on the rug for sure, but I don't feel the wet.

Ugh, men are disgusting.
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I agree, we like the reversible towel like rugs that have no rubber backing,
they are thick, and last a long time with lots of washings
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Never had a problem with mold on my rugs.

I have 3 in the hall bathroom.

I wash them "when needed" but shake them every day and sweep then mop the bathroom floor everyday with bleach water.

I also spray them with Lysol every day.

Also do not have a vent fan but I open my window(even if it just a crack) all the time even in cool weather.



ETA: I use vinegar in my rinse water with all kinds of clothes.
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I have 3 men in my house (well, a man, a 6' boy, and a 3' boy)... and not one of them misses the toilet when they pee.... that's disgusting.
There is NEVER anything on the floor around the toilet... and I'm the only one who cleans the bathrooms.

Really - your men pee on the floor??
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WOW! You ladies are wonderful. I was sick yesterday so haven't had a chance to get on here till now and was so surprized at all the responses. We are in an apartment with very poor ventilation. Also, it is an older building that I know has issues with mold. My allergies are horrible!! You all gave some good suggestions!! I just read about vinegar getting rid of mold on Yahoo the other day. I am excited to try it!
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I have 3 men in my house (well, a man, a 6' boy, and a 3' boy)... and not one of them misses the toilet when they pee.... that's disgusting.
There is NEVER anything on the floor around the toilet... and I'm the only one who cleans the bathrooms.

Really - your men pee on the floor??
Yes. It's very unfortunate.

Dh says that it isn't a "precise instrument." It's guess and check. Plus the 3 yo who's just learning to pee standing up. Then again, I thought we'd get a reprieve from mess if he just stayed seated, but apparently the crack between the bowl and the seat is ample room for dribble to make it's way to the floor.
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Even I faced the same issue, I tried scrubbing it with a brush, but it was too far-gone. Since it was beginning to deteriorate, I threw it away and bought a new one.

I ordered a new rug and now I hang it on the hanger after each shower, and now it seems that it is working well.


But still if anybody has more suggestions, that will truly be appreciated.
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Yes. It's very unfortunate.

Dh says that it isn't a "precise instrument." It's guess and check. Plus the 3 yo who's just learning to pee standing up. Then again, I thought we'd get a reprieve from mess if he just stayed seated, but apparently the crack between the bowl and the seat is ample room for dribble to make it's way to the floor.
Nope, not a precision problem at all. More like eye-hand-coordination.
Maybe they should play more video games.

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