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.


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.


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.