Removal of mildew from shower mats

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Removal of mildew from shower mats
Rubber mats usually stick to the shower tray with suckers. (Dave White/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Water
  • Bath or large bucket
  • Gloves

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Rinse well and hang outside to air dry.

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