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post #21 of 41
We use the washable type bath mats but I really like the drying off in the shower method that some of you suggested to keep the mat dry!
post #22 of 41
I use the bath mat in front of my sink area and a towel for when we are done with showers/baths.

Quite a while back I use to put a bath mat in front of the tub but I was having a similar problem with the rubber stuff on the back coming off and I was not sure of the safety of that *stuff* being spread around. That is why we quit using one there.
post #23 of 41
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
We just use a towel. No bathmats that stay on the floor.
Me too.

Bathmats never really grossed me out, since I always washed mine regularly. Then...my ds started PL'ing & it just seemed like my bathmat was a pee magnet. I threw it out and started using a hand towel on the floor that was hung over the side of the tub/towel bar after everyone's bath or shower. I love it, and I'll never have a bathmat again.
post #24 of 41
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They remind me of the matching set of fuzzy toilet seat and lid cover my Grandma used to have a million years ago.
Dh came home with one of those in dark green with not-quite-matching rugs. Hate them. In a pile in basemen.

I use the mats you can wash. But I don't wash them all that often - like maybe every few months.
post #25 of 41
I have the bath mats (the kind with no rubber backing) that match my towels. They are slightly smaller and thicker than the bath towels, so you can tell them apart. I have 2 and change every time I change towels, so basically 2-3 times a week. I hang them on the edge of the bathtub after we shower. You can use regular towels, of course, but I like having dedicated floor towels. They are the best!
post #26 of 41
We also use the washable ones, like in hotels. They're white so we can wash them on crazy high heats and sometimes even bleach. I pick them up after each person showers and hang them over the shower door(or the tub in the boys' bathroom) so they dry.
post #27 of 41
We don't use them. We grab a towel if we need something on the floor.
post #28 of 41
I have a soft washable bathmat that gets hung up over the side of the tub when we're done. And it gets washed with the towels every week or so.
It's kinda thick too, so it feels like a carpet on your feet. I don't like the feeling of a towel under my feet for some reason...and I really don't like stepping on other people's bathmats if they're already damp!
post #29 of 41
We just use a towel folded in half (or more if I need to kneel on it while bathing the little kids)
post #30 of 41
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Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
I don't know how large your bathroom is, but we just have a small space. I use washable bathmats (they look like slightly thicker handtowels with a different rectangular border) with no backing. Each day after showers and getting ready, I toss the old one in the hamper and start with a clean fresh one.
This. The towel bathmats are like those hotels use.

I'll never go back to a rug in the bathroom.
post #31 of 41
If it can't be washed frequently in the washer/dryer it doesn't make it in this house. Ours gets washed pretty frequent thanks to a not so house trained pup.
post #32 of 41
We have two bathrooms with bathing facilities. In each of those rooms, we have one large all-cotton reversible rug in front of the sink and toilet (tiny bathrooms). Those stay on the floor all the time and get washed once a month.

In our bathroom, we also have a bath mat that is basically a thick towel and slightly smaller than a bath towel. It is only on the floor in front of the shower when someone is in the shower. Otherwise, it is hanging on the bar of our shower door (like a towel). It gets washed along with our towels.

In DD's bathroom, I felt guests and a young child needed something thicker. I got a small all-cotton reversible rug that matches the larger rugs. The idea is for it to only be on the floor when someone is in the shower and otherwise be draped across the side of the tub. DD doesn't always do that, but it is thick enough that it never gets super damp (wetness never makes it to the floor). Since DD (age 8) showers less frequently than DH & I combined (she has super dry skin), I wash her "bath mat" when I wash the rugs. If she bathed more often, I'd wash it along with her towel instead. (I wash her towel every other time I wash ours.) When DD was younger and took baths more and made a bigger mess with water, I had two older (thick towel-type) bath mats and I stretched them the length of the bathtub and folded them lengthwise under my knees. They got hung over the shower rod (1) and side of bathtub (1) and got washed more frequently.

ETA: We tend to dry off most of the way before stepping out of the shower or bathtub, which greatly reduces the "ick" factor for me for bath mats. The rest of the "ick" factor is removed by having the mat off the floor when not in use. I don't find our bath mats "icky" at all now, but still find damp bath mats or rugs very "icky" in other homes.
post #33 of 41
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
We just use a towel. No bathmats that stay on the floor.
Only in the winter though. Just to combat cold feet on the tile floor. Because we...

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Originally Posted by nascarbebe View Post
We dry off completely in the shower or tub before even stepping on the bathmat. We even dry our feet.
do this as well.
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by Golden View Post
We use the rectangle towel mats. We use them for about 4-5 days and then I replace it with a clean one.
Yep and when those don't get washed quickly enough to stay in the rotation, I will use bathtowels.

I do keep my bathroom floor clean and clear of dirt and lint so it doesn't gross me out to think about a bathtowel on the floor.
post #35 of 41
I have rubber-backed cotton bathmats. I leave them on the floor. I wash them about once a week, or once every couple weeks. They're light-colored but never seem particularly "dirty" so I don't really need to shake them off or anything. I keep the bathroom floors pretty clean, which helps.
post #36 of 41
We dry off completely before stepping out. Both DH and I and our DD's. The girls bathroom has a cute bathmat but it mostly for decoration, I just can't handle having it get wet and nasty so they only stand on it once they are dry. But for our bathroom we use the towel like bathmats that are thicker than regular towels and designed for that purpose only. I toss them in the wash every week to clean them. I am a nut when it comes to towels, my DH thinks I am crazy that I want to dry off with the towels and let them hang dry and reuse a couple of times before I toss them in to be washed. I guess you could say I am conserving water by not washing as much, but for me I just HATE doing laundry so that cuts down on the amount of towels I do per week which is awesome!
post #37 of 41
zippy, why would anyone wash their towels after every dry off? i mean you are CLEAN when you get out of the shower! your hubby sounds like the crazy one, i mean isnt that why they have towel bars? even hotels now request that you do this to cut down on wasted resources.

if my husband suggested i wash our towels after every bath he would get laughed at so hard i wouldnt be able to breathe for a week!
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by Jackies Ladybug View Post
zippy, why would anyone wash their towels after every dry off? i mean you are CLEAN when you get out of the shower! your hubby sounds like the crazy one, i mean isnt that why they have towel bars? even hotels now request that you do this to cut down on wasted resources.

if my husband suggested i wash our towels after every bath he would get laughed at so hard i wouldnt be able to breathe for a week!

I agree it is crazy, love my DH but yea he cracks me up
But believe it or not I know many a person who never reuse their towels, they go right into the laundry. The people who don't realize that is what a towel rack is for are the same ones who are unfamiliar with turn signals in their car. I guess they figured it is an upgrade feature
post #39 of 41
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! It's much happier in my bathroom now that I'm on the Towel on the Floor Team. So far, I'm just using towel scraps leftover from craft projects, and keeping my eye out at the thrift store for the official rectangular ones. But really, it's so true that laundering the heavy bathmats as often as needed to keep a clean bathroom is just rough on the washer and the environment, and that was really hanging me up. And when my toddler pulls all the towel scraps out of the cabinet and throws them into the bath before I can turn around, those go on the drying rack in our bedroom overnight to provide a little humidity - we're all happy with the new arrangement, and I'm not timid about swiping the not-any-longer-grimy corners with these little things and tossing them in the wash often. Yay! MDC to the rescue!

PS, My dogs love having the bathmats on their dog beds now, and I love that I can keep the dog beds themselves cleaner with rotating bathmats too. Re-use, hooray.
post #40 of 41
I have a teak floor mat and it is THE BOMB! It feels good, looks gorgeous and lasts forever.
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