Material safety in the bath (probably not what you're thinking)

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Material safety in the bath (probably not what you're thinking)

toxie m toxie m
I was running a bath the other night and I started thinking about the various bathtub mats I've had over the years. Most have been hard and rubbery, but we recently got a new one that's really plush and foamy, and super comfy to sit on. However, that got me thinking about porous materials, and how shower curtains are full of bacteria, and I pretty quickly got totally squicked out about sitting on this bathtub mat. It just seemed way too possible that it was collecting showered-off grime and I really don't wanna be soaking in the tub with it. Ew.

Has anyone else considered this? Do you take the mat out when you have a bath, if you have one in your tub otherwise? Do you have an awesome mat made of silicone so that this is a non-issue?
11/24/2011
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Cherrylane Cherrylane
Quote:
Originally posted by toxie m
I was running a bath the other night and I started thinking about the various bathtub mats I've had over the years. Most have been hard and rubbery, but we recently got a new one that's really plush and foamy, and super comfy to sit on. ...
I just... don't have a mat. And then I use a fairly harsh cleaner, comet, when I want to clean my bath. I have a plastic curtain I can disinfect, and a pretty cotton curtain in front of it, which can be washed in the washing machine.

The thought of a bacteria infested shower mat will definitely be on my mind whenever I come in contact with them from now on though.... Thanks! lol
11/24/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I also don't have a mat in my tub, and had no idea about the shower curtains although I'm not surprised either. I do replace my shower curtain once a year or so. Yay for the dollar store!
11/25/2011
AtlasX AtlasX
Quote:
Originally posted by toxie m
I was running a bath the other night and I started thinking about the various bathtub mats I've had over the years. Most have been hard and rubbery, but we recently got a new one that's really plush and foamy, and super comfy to sit on. ...
Thanks for the reminder, time to clean the collection!
11/25/2011
Antipova Antipova
I don't have a bath mat, we just clean the tub pretty regularly and I don't mind sitting on the bare floor.

I do always get really grossed out when hotels have those rubbery-grippy-things, because a)porous and b) a million different people every day. So I don't sit down in showers with grippy things, which makes me sad, because absorbing lots of heat is one of my favorite parts of my day.
11/25/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
This is really making me think that I should try to get a silicone one.
11/25/2011
Rawhide Rawhide
Makes me thankful for glass shower doors... but investing in a nice nonporous mat seems like a good idea
11/25/2011
Cherry21 Cherry21
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I also don't have a mat in my tub, and had no idea about the shower curtains although I'm not surprised either. I do replace my shower curtain once a year or so. Yay for the dollar store!
Almost all of our bathroom decor comes from the dollar store! and the shampoos, lotions, etc.... lol
11/25/2011
Cherry21 Cherry21
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Originally posted by AtlasX
Thanks for the reminder, time to clean the collection!
lol, I bet a lot of people just thought that same thing!
11/25/2011
js250 js250
We have a mat on the outside for getting out of the shower/bath but not inside the tub. I run chlorine through the jets after every bath and scrub the tub with a disinfecting cleaner for mold/mildew and bacteria removal. We have extra care with ours so I don't think of it.Our shower curtains are dollar store ones that get sprayed with a vinegar/water solution every day. We replace them every month with dollar store ones. Our cloth one on the outside usually gets washed once a week with the deco towels.
11/25/2011
Gracie Gracie
No mat in the tub, glass doors instead of shower curtain and I use a battery operated spray thingy when I get out that sprays cleaner 360 degrees all over the tub, walls and doors. I'm not fond of housework, but I'm not fond of germs either.
11/26/2011
damnbul12 damnbul12
Quote:
Originally posted by toxie m
I was running a bath the other night and I started thinking about the various bathtub mats I've had over the years. Most have been hard and rubbery, but we recently got a new one that's really plush and foamy, and super comfy to sit on. ...
I don't have a mat. Although the mat made of silicone would cost a lot more than simple rubber or plastic.
11/26/2011
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