How to clean a bath anti-slip mat

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How to clean a bath anti-slip mat
Clean anti-slip bath mats with simple supplies. (sponge #3 image by Adam Borkowski from

Wet bathtubs and showers are safety hazards to people of all ages. Anti-slip bath mats provide powerful suction and solid grips on slippery tub surfaces to prevent devastating injuries from slipping and falling. As with bathtub surfaces, bath mats are exposed to soap scum, grime and body oils daily. Dirty bath mats attract mould, mildew and bacteria, which promote unhealthy environments in bathrooms. Clean bath mats frequently with simple household solutions to remove grime build-up and kill contaminates.

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Things you need

  • Bathtub
  • 2 tbsp liquid dish detergent
  • Sponge
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • 1 1/2 cups household bleach
  • Clean bucket

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  1. 1

    Fill the bathtub with 2 inches of warm water. Pour 2 tbsp of liquid dish detergent under the running water to create a soapy solution.

  2. 2

    Place the bath mat in the soapy bath water. Scrub the front side of the mat with a sponge.

  3. 3

    Flip over the bath mat to expose the anti-slip surface. Squirt a dime-size amount of liquid dish detergent onto a nylon scrub brush.

  4. 4

    Scrub the tiny suction cups with the brush to remove accumulated debris. Once both sides of the bath mat are clean, drain out the tub water.

  5. 5

    Rinse the bath mat with warm water from the tub's faucet. Lay the mat in the bathtub.

  6. 6

    Mix 1 gallon of water with 1 1/2 cups of household bleach in a clean bucket. Carefully pour half of the bleach solution over the bath mat. Keep the bleach solution on the mat for 10 minutes.

  7. 7

    Repeat the disinfectant process on the other side of the bath mat. Lay the bath mat over the tub to air-dry

Tips and warnings

  • You can substitute a sink or washbasin for the bathtub.
  • You can substitute kerosene for the liquid dish detergent.
  • Do not put the bath mat in the dryer; excess heat may melt the rubber.

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