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Alternatives to the Bath Mat

Updated April 17, 2017

Traditional cloth bath mats are common in most bathrooms. However, they are not always the most convenient option. They can be difficult to keep clean and often end up attracting numerous allergens such as mildew, mould and pet hair. However, there are other options for bath mat material that are easier to keep clean and do not attract as many allergens. Switching from your cloth bath mat to an alternative material can help to lower the number of allergens in your bathroom.

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A bath mat made of cork is naturally anti-fungal because it does not hold water. A Because it does not hold water, the mat is less likely to hold fungus, dust or other allergens. The cork material is non-slip, soft and dries more quickly than a cloth bath mat. Bath mats made of cork are available for purchase, but you can also make your own bath mat by gluing halves of wine corks to a shelf liner.


Protected wood is a good alternative material for keeping bacteria away and keeping out moisture that would be trapped by a cloth bath mat. A lack of moisture helps in keeping mildew out of your bathroom. The wood is also non-slip and is safe to step on whether your feet are wet or dry.


Bamboo is a durable material that is naturally water resistant. It can withstand being in a damp bathroom without holding moisture and potentially trapping mildew in the bath mat. The material is also non-slip for safety, whether your feet are wet or dry.

Vetiver Root

Vetiver root is grown from crops of grass in India that can be woven together as an alternative to a traditional cloth bath mat. It is a durable material that is waterproof and protects mildew from growing on the material or in your bathroom. The material also contains natural oils that release an aroma every time it comes into contact with water.

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About the Author

Residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, Fahlen Brown started her freelance writing career in 2011. She currently writes eHow articles and has held jobs in the administrative and customer service fields. Fahlen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Meredith College.

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