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Removal of mildew from shower mats

Updated February 21, 2017

Bathrooms -- which are typically moist and often humid -- are a breeding ground for mildew. If left untreated, mildew can contribute to allergies, respiratory problems and other illnesses. A mildew-infested shower mat is unsightly and unsanitary. Fortunately, you can remove mildew from shower mats relatively easily with common household products. Some retailers now sell mildew-resistant natural rubber mats. While much more expensive than latex or vinyl, no-mildew mats can last years longer and often are stain-resistant.

Combine 30 ml (1/8 cup) chlorine bleach with 4.5 litres (1 gallon) water.

Pour the solution into a plugged bath or a large bucket.

Immerse the shower mat in the solution for three to four hours.

Rinse well and hang outside to air dry.

Tip

Toss your shower mat into the washer once a week with a few bath towels. The cloth will scrub the mat, and the entire load will come out clean. Do not dry the mat in a clothes dryer; doing so can melt the material.

Warning

To prevent skin damage, wear gloves when soaking and removing your bathmat. Combining chlorine bleach with other products -- especially ammonia or vinegar -- can create toxic fumes. Only use chlorine bleach in well-ventilated areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Water
  • Bath or large bucket
  • Gloves
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Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.