How to Wash Bathroom Rugs?

Be honest. How long has it been since you last washed your bathroom rug? It’s okay, though. You’re not an anomaly if you forget to wash things literally under your feet. However, while it may not seem like a big deal at first, it can get pretty gross after a while.

After all, your bath mats collect all sorts of dirt, including hair, water, soap suds, and termites. To avoid germs, wash them regularly. The good thing is, no matter if you’re using a washer or your hands, the process is pretty simple.

If you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry. Here’s our guide on how to wash bathroom rugs.

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Different Kinds of Bathroom Rugs

To get started, let’s learn about the different types of bath rugs; each of them will require different washing methods.


Cotton mats are typically more expensive. The fabric is softer, it absorbs more moisture and dries faster than other types. Moreover, these are more durable and, being thinner, easier to wash. Cotton bathroom rugs should be cleaned in the washing machine.


Chenille is a kind of thick, velvety yarn. These are the second most popular material for rugs because it dries your feet and prevents you from slipping on the damp floor. In addition, the material is super water absorbent. Like cotton bath mats, chenille rugs are also machine washable.

Memory Foam

You may have heard of memory foam mattresses that mold themselves to the shape of your body. Memory foam bath rugs do the same with your feet. These rugs are both machine and hand washable.


If chenille is the second fabric in terms of popularity, microfiber is first. Both affordable and high-quality, microfiber mats are highly effective in water absorption and self-drying. They’re also pretty comfortable and easily machine-washed.

Apart from the material, bath mats also have plastic and rubber backing. Both kinds are easy to clean in the dryer and by hand. However, the rubber-backing is easy to damage without proper care. Therefore, be mindful of our tips in the guide below.

How to Wash Bathroom Rugs in the Washer?

First and foremost, check the care label, which is usually located in the upper right corner. Every bathroom rug will have one that specifies how it must be washed/maintained. If the care label states that the rug is to be machine-washed, you should:

  1. Start by beating out the mat outside. This is to get rid of any dust or hair that’s stuck on the it.
  2. Put two bathroom mats in the washing machine at a time. Simply throwing in one will throw the machine off-balance.
  3. Put in laundry detergent and oxygenated bleach (only if there are stains). Be aware: don’t use normal bleach or acidic substances like vinegar. These might cause the backing on rubber-backed bathmats to break down.
  4. Make sure the water is at the right temperature. It shouldn’t be too hot. Cold water is more effective, especially when paired with the oxygenated bleach.
  5. Turn on the machine to wash your rugs.
  6. Either air-dry or machine-dry. It’s preferable to dry rugs in the air because it allows you to preserve rubber-backing. However, it’s simpler and quicker to machine-dry it. Just put it in the dryer for about 20 minutes or until the mat is fully dry.

After you’re done, take care of your bathroom rug. If you’ve placed it near the shower, the rug is more likely to accumulate germs or develop mold. Therefore, you should place it on the towel rack to dry after every shower.

How to Wash Bathroom Rugs by Hand?

If your care label specifies hand-washing, don’t fret. It’s very easy to wash the bathroom rug yourself. Although, it does take some physical effort. The first step to this process is pretty much the same: beat dirt off it.

After you’ve done this:

  1. Apply a stain remover to treat any stains.
  2. Fill up a bowl or tub (large enough to fit the rug) with warm water.
  3. Mix in detergent and skin-safe bleach or stain remover into the water.
  4. Soak the bathroom rug in the water and detergent solution.
  5. If you’ve got a stain, use a clean cloth or old toothbrush to rub the dirt away. Continue until the stain has disappeared.
  6. Dry it outside or in your dryer. However, as mentioned above, it’s better to dry it naturally.

Another thing you can do is vacuum the bath rug. If you’ve got a chenille or a memory foam rug, it may be hard to get the dirt out. This is because these are tough materials. Vacuuming it before and after the wash will help get out stains.

How Often Should Bathroom Rugs be Washed?

After reading all this, you may be wondering: how often do I wash bathmats. The answer to this question depends on a few things.

These things include:

  • The number of people using the bathroom
  • The level of cleanliness there
  • Whether children are being potty-trained in the bathroom

All these factors can lead to quicker accumulation of dirt and germs on the rug. If the bathroom gets dirty a lot or if you have many family members, it’s better to clean rugs regularly. Regularly means once or twice a week.

Otherwise, you can simply wash it once a month. The only thing to note is that you need to wash the bath rug properly. If you’re not washing it correctly, the bathroom remains unsanitary.


To sum it up, bathroom rugs are easy to clean, no matter the method you opt for. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. While machines make the process quicker and more efficient, hand-washing lets you take more delicate care it.

We hope, through our guide, that we’ve answered all your pressing questions on how to wash bathroom rugs. As you might’ve inferred, the process isn’t much different than washing blankets or carpets. If you can do one, you can undoubtedly do the other.