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The Best Way of Using a Bath Mat - Our Guide

by Baneet Gurwara on October 11, 2019

Many know the golden rule on bathroom etiquette: flush and wash! However, there are matters at hand that many people tend to overlook even if it’s right under your nose, which is in this case, bath mats. These things seem simple enough, and one can argue that it’s all a matter of preference. However, if you want to keep your bathroom neat and free from any slip-ups, there’s a proper way to use it. In that regard, there are two types of people in the world: one who dries off in the shower space before stepping onto the mat, while the other jumps straight out and allows the mat to soak up the excess water dripping onto it. To wit, the former wins the game—here’s why:

  1. Leaving the bath mat soggy shows poor etiquette to whoever showers after you

There are many things in this world that can make your toes curl in discomfort, one of which is soggy bath mats. Jumping out of the shower and stepping on something cold and soaking wet often feels like a setback for your newly cleaned feet. Not to mention, leaving your feet wet leaves you vulnerable to slippage and accidents.

  1. A wet mat is unsightly for the next person waiting in line to shower

Whether you’re hosting a social gathering or you’re in a household sharing a bathroom, leaving wet bath mats is one way to make the next person in line uncomfortable. Considering you only have one bath mat insight, it leaves the rest with no choice but to step out onto a cold and sloppy mess.

  1. Wet towels and mats can leave a bad odour

Every time you wipe your feet off a bath mat, you leave a trail of bacteria and dead skin cells onto it. Moisture is a bacteria’s best friend and leaving it to dry on its own invites more microbes to grow and spread. This can leave a subtle, foul odour in the bathroom, and while you can cover it with air freshener, it’s better not to sweep the problem under the rug. If you have a towel-type bath mat, you can simply hang it and leave it to dry to stop the possibility of viruses from developing any further. Not to mention, your bathroom won’t have to smell like a wet dog afterward!

What is the best way to use a bath mat?

It’s easy — all you have to do is dry yourself inside the shower. To do so, make sure there’s a towel within arm’s reach so you can quickly grab it once you feel spick and span from the shower. Before that, squeeze the excess water from your hair, so you don’t add any additional moisture to your towel. Next, grab your towel and gently pat it all over your body, starting from your neck before working down until you feel relatively dry. The soles of your feet may still be a bit wet, but that’s what the bath mats are for! It is built to soak up water after all, though as mentioned, too much isn’t doing much good for your bathroom etiquette.


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