Asked on Nov 12, 2016

How do I get soap scum, mildew, etc. out of my bath mat?

I have a chevron patterned tub mat that now has the pink soap scum mildew in the white part of the pattern. How do I get it off without taking the color away from the teal part??
You can really see the pink yuck through the mat where the suckers are underneath
  38 answers
  • Cynthia Brock Cynthia Brock on Nov 13, 2016
    If you can put it in a washer all by itself the put vinegar in the wash. Vinegar is all natural and will not destroy the pattern or texture and will remove soap scum and mildew natrually. I put vinegar down my drain just to help keep soap scum from building up in the drain.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 13, 2016
    Try soaking it in a little dawn liquid detergent.
  • She13083389 She13083389 on Nov 13, 2016
    I would throw in the wash with your plastic shower curtain with detergent and bleach with warm water. You will be amazed at the results. Should look brand new
  • Bai11340945 Bai11340945 on Nov 13, 2016
    Rinse it real good in a bucket with a quarter cup of CLR, then toss in in the wash (don't wash it with your good clothes). Save the bucket with the CLR to clean the shower, plastic curtain, etc. (note: with CLR, you might want to wear plastic/rubber gloves)
  • Max12842303 Max12842303 on Nov 13, 2016
    I put it in washer with detergent and add ocyclean to it with hot water.
  • Dawn Dawn on Nov 13, 2016
    put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, give it a good spray. Let it soak for awhile, then give it a scrub with a soft scrub product.
  • Darlene Watford Darlene Watford on Nov 13, 2016
    I would try baking soda and a scrub brush. Wet your mat and sprinkle with baking soda and let it soak then scrub
  • William William on Nov 13, 2016
    Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). Fill the bottle the rest of the way with white vinegar. Apply sprayer top; shake gently to mix. Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned. Allow to sit from 30 minutes. All of the offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey. Simply rinse it away. For especially challenging situations—or if this is the initial treatment—use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces before rinsing.
  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 13, 2016
    ERA laundry soap. Soap it for an over night or longer, then throw in the wash.
  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 13, 2016
    ERA laundry soap will clean anything. Just spray and let sit for a while. I've forgotten about it soaking for weeks and threw it in the wash at that point and never had a problem with the stains coming out. The only thing I use on old or new stains. The best ever.
  • Sandra Sandra on Nov 14, 2016
    I'm going out on a limb here because my solution is not green or non toxic. I had black mold on my fabric patio cushions last year and tried all of the green solutions, scrubbed until I was worn out and it still took the color out of the fabric. Then in desperation I sprayed the tile and bath mold remover (cheap brand) on it. Came out instantly and did not fade the color.
  • Shaza Lee Shaza Lee on Nov 14, 2016
    use washing soda. dissolve it in hot water first. then soak the mat in it. if some stains are stubborn you can make a paste with it and use a scrub brush.
  • Devra Devra on Nov 14, 2016
    Soak in Oxyclean.......
  • C Crow C Crow on Nov 14, 2016
    I'm such a wuss....this is why my bathroom has only pure white cotton linens. Admire the rest of you with your pretty baths, though!
  • Pam Kneebone Pam Kneebone on Nov 14, 2016
    I would use a soak in oxyclean.I moved into a house with the fan grates covered with years of greas.I put them in a washtub of oxyclean and could not believe that within minutes how all those years od gease foamed out.Amazing stuff.
  • Susan Susan on Nov 14, 2016
    vinegar removes a lot stuff on different things, so soak, then throw in the washer with towels, that's how I've always taken care of mine for 50 yrs.
  • Mare Tupper Mare Tupper on Nov 15, 2016
    spray heavily with a laundry stain remover like shout, then launder in your machine with heavy towels (old ones preferably) use a good detergent like tide and oxy may also use a color safe bleach---I have successfully used it in addition to Oxy clean. Run the washer through the wash cycle, stop before the rinse and check the progress---it should be like new....rinse with plain water and hang to dry. To avoid this in the future, rinse mat well after your shower and hang to dry. I put mine right on the shower wall with the suction cups....once dry you can put back on the tub or shower floor.
  • Sti2242965 Sti2242965 on Nov 15, 2016
    It is easy to wash and rinse them regularly while taking a bath or shower, I often do the odd tee shiirt or socks in the shower. (I also don't know why more men don't shave while showering I always do each morning rather than faffing about before or after)
  • Tina Tina on Nov 15, 2016
    I'm a fan of vinegar, too. I cleaned very old soap scum off a shower curtain by putting the curtain in the bathtub with some vinegar and dawn dish soap sprayed on the curtain and soaked for 30 min. Back to new!
  • Tiffany Tiffany on Nov 16, 2016
    I'm no expert on rugs but my son is a 15 yr old athlete and football is the worst!! I mix baking soda, dawn dish soap and peroxide then use that paste to scrub it out. I haven't found anything it won't get out so far. Good luck
  • Cindy Dahlgren Cindy Dahlgren on Nov 16, 2016
    Throw it in the washer with some oxyclean and let it soak overnight. Then wash on gentle cycle. I have a doormat that I wash like this and it works every time
  • Dixon Danger Dixon Danger on Nov 16, 2016
    Throw it away and buy a new one !
  • Connie S Connie S on Nov 16, 2016
    Try straight peroxide. The one you buy in the medical supplies is already watered down. Just let is soak in it. You can get stronger peroxide, available at some farm supplies and other places. It kills mildew and mold.
  • Mary Mitchell Mary Mitchell on Nov 16, 2016
    I've tossed mats like this into my washing machine and used hot water (instead of my regular cold cycle) and laundry soap. I've also filled the tub with about an inch of water to cover the mat and added half a cup of bleach to the hot water and let it soak.
  • Diane Diane on Nov 16, 2016
    to get mildew from your bath tub spray with bleach walk away come back in 2 to 3 hours and it gone . I used to do this in a motel I managed
  • Eliaabeth York Eliaabeth York on Nov 16, 2016
    Soak it in white vinegar & baking soda. Cleans just about everything with no chemicals.
  • Mio14166673 Mio14166673 on Nov 17, 2016
    Color safe bleach
  • Arlene Gordanier Arlene Gordanier on Nov 17, 2016
    Try 20 mule team borax, hot water
  • Pam Malnati Pam Malnati on Nov 17, 2016
    I recently tried Lysol's Hydrogen Peroxide spray cleaner. I sprayed, waited, came back. It got a huge portion of stuff off. Sprayed one or two more times and it all came off. Magic.
  • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Nov 17, 2016
    Use Krud Kutter Mold and Mildew's non toxic and will clean it easily! You can find it at Walmart, Home Depot.
  • Arlene claire Arlene claire on Nov 17, 2016
    I have a clear bath mat that I put in the washer with a couple of towels. Comes out crystal clear again.
  • Carol Cook Lucas Carol Cook Lucas on Nov 17, 2016
    I use a cup of Borax and 3 tablespoons of dawn. Let soak and wash as normal
  • Ann2532925 Ann2532925 on Nov 17, 2016
    buy a new one
  • Imaboomertoo Imaboomertoo on Nov 17, 2016
    I would use one of the cleaners for baths/kitchens with bleach. Spray it on, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and rinse. Very easy and mold and scum are gone! Voila!
  • Bonnie Small Bonnie Small on Nov 27, 2016

    Place it in the bath tub, sprinkle baking soda all over it, then spray it with straight vinegar. You might need to scrub it with a dish brush if it's really bad, but then just rinse and repeat as many times as you need to get it back to white!

  • Rhonda Ray Rhonda Ray on Dec 28, 2016

    Soft brush, baking soda and apple cider vinegar is my choice for these type tasks. Sprinkle baking soda and spray with apple cider vinegar. Several applications with gentle soft brush will probably do the trick.

    • Rhonda Ray Rhonda Ray on Dec 28, 2016

      Hi, sorry Bonnie, I see you already posted this. Great minds.... ha!

  • Put it in the washer with some vinegar or try spraying it with hydrogen peroxide.