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Lisa Simpson, of the animated, long-running series, The Simpsons, once observes about her mother: “Her heart won’t just wipe clean like this bathroom countertop: it absorbs everything that touches it, like this bathroom rug.” The bathroom rug in question is revealed to be more a science experiment than a rug, with various items growing out of it.

Hopefully your bathroom rugs and bath mats don’t look like the ones in The Simpsons. If they do, here’s a suggestion: wash it.

Why Bath Mats and Rugs Get So Dirty

Our bath mats get dirty for two main reasons. The first problem is the environment in which our mats and rugs live. The bathroom, especially inside or close to the shower, tends to stay moist and warm, making it a breading ground for mildew and other nasties.

The second problem is the nature of a bath mat. Bath mats are textured so that we don’t slip and fall inside the shower, but the texture means that there are plenty of nooks and crannies for dirt to hide in.

Three Easy Ways to Wash Your Mat

1. Bath mats are easily cleaned with a pressure washer. The next time you use your pressure washer, take the mat outside and wash it, too.

2. Most bath mats, and almost all rugs, can be easily thrown into the laundry. Wash your bath mat with a bath towel, as the friction between the two will help wash the mat clean.

3. If you’ve been meaning to wash your bath mat but never seem to find the time, just do it at the end of your shower. After you step out of the shower, spray it with your favorite bathroom cleaner, give it a quick scrub, and hang it to dry. It will take you all of two minutes, giving you no real excuse not to clean it.

Just Do It

Don’t become the butt of a Simpsons joke. Clean your bath mat and bathroom rug on a regular basis to improve your family’s bathroom hygiene.