Have you washed your bath mat lately? It’s time.

By Olivia Harvey
Updated December 27, 2017
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Stepping onto a fluffy bath mat after a hot, relaxing shower can feel like ultimate luxury. But have you actually looked down at your bath mat lately? It might hiding some not-so-luxurious secrets beneath all the fluff.

The hygiene of your bath mat depends on how often it’s used and how often it’s washed. Frequently-used bathroom rugs should be washed weekly, according to Mama’s Laundry Talk. If the bath mat is dampened several times a day (from multiple showers, kids’ bath time, etc.), it may not be getting enough dry-time between uses. Less time to dry equals more time for mold and mildew to set in.

To help your mat properly dry out, make sure you have ventilation in your bathroom to cut down on steam settling into both soft and hard surfaces. You could also try hanging damp bath mats on a towel rail to help the backside dry thoroughly.

“Many bath mats can be laundered as you would your towels and washcloths,” Joey Hunter from Two Maids & A Mop told RealSimple.com. “Always be sure to check the tags on your mats first to be aware of any manufacturer-suggested cleaning products or washer and dryer instructions.”

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Hunter added, “If your bath mat has a rubber backing, be sure to air dry and not place it in the clothes dryer as this will cause the backing to warp, crack, and possibly even break off and damage your machine.”

Thumbtack pro Michael Dimopoulos of Lazy Susan’s Cleaning Service noted to RealSimple.com that bath mats should be switched out about every six months. If not cleaned regularly or if heavily used, Dimopoulos recommends you switch out your bat mats more often.