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« on: January 08, 2013 11:48:31 AM »

My old bath mat needed to be retired today. It was falling apart. As I walked through Target today, I was less than thrilled with the prices of bath rugs. The ones that I wanted were about $22. And they weren't anything special.

As I wandered over the outside rugs, my eyes fell upon a thick, pretty, jute, braided rug. It had a label that said for outside use only. "Why," I asked myself. I want to use it in the bathroom. I bought two for about $16 each, and when I got home and laid them on the slick tile in my bathroom, I realized that they would need some help, if I were to use them and be safe.


I remembered seeing something on Pinterest about putting silicone on the back of rugs to make them non slip. I'm waiting for the silicone to dry.
 Did you ever notice what a strong smell that stuff has? What is it ammonia? 


I bought some fluffy new towels and wash cloths in....white. Am I crazy? Do I feel a bit guilty? A little bit. But the last time I bought new towels was last year for the other bathroom.

My bathroom is going to feel like a spa. Ahhhh.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013 12:41:30 PM »

I never heard that craftewoman but I think the idea rocks. Let us know how it turns out. Oh the cinnamon rolls look yummy.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013 02:41:26 PM »

cool idea to make them non-slip. i really like how silicone smells. yeah i know i am a freak Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013 03:25:58 PM »

It works great! I tried to push it around and it really grips the floor.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013 03:51:34 PM »

Curing silicone is definitely nasty stuff! As for white towels/washcloths, well, there was a reason baby clothes used to be white - easier to keep clean! You can bleach white things....
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013 09:11:56 PM »

Thanks CW any tip is useful. I am a store house of useless and useful information. LOL
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013 04:09:29 AM »

Probably a silly thought, but maybe next time try hot glue. It has the similar silicone, non-stick feel, should adhere well to the mat/rug and no smell. Would probably be a little cheaper too! And it would go on easy and solidify quicker. I'm making a t-shirt and cotton yarn latch hook rug for my bathroom and may have to try it out myself! Shocked)
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013 06:23:07 AM »

I love the idea of the natural jute rug for the bathroom and white towels - definitely a spa feel Smiley and great shout on the bleaching, I've also seen that you can use the sun on a hot day - see http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/06/forget-the-bleach-how-to-use-the-sun-to-whiten-your-whites.html , or lemon juice.

I can never believe the prices you find in shops either, it's nutty!

On a similar note I just got some carpet underlay from freecycle, I've turned it upside-down and put it in the new craft room to protect the floor. Not quite as pretty as the jute, but the end effect looks like bamboo or something, don't you think?




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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013 12:15:46 PM »

I love the idea of the natural jute rug for the bathroom and white towels - definitely a spa feel Smiley and great shout on the bleaching, I've also seen that you can use the sun on a hot day - see http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/06/forget-the-bleach-how-to-use-the-sun-to-whiten-your-whites.html , or lemon juice.

I can never believe the prices you find in shops either, it's nutty!

On a similar note I just got some carpet underlay from freecycle, I've turned it upside-down and put it in the new craft room to protect the floor. Not quite as pretty as the jute, but the end effect looks like bamboo or something, don't you think?



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We have plenty of hot days here. It got to 116 this summer in AZ. Great score on the carpet underlay. Don't you just love Freecycle?
Craig's list has free stuff too.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013 12:17:12 PM »

Probably a silly thought, but maybe next time try hot glue. It has the similar silicone, non-stick feel, should adhere well to the mat/rug and no smell. Would probably be a little cheaper too! And it would go on easy and solidify quicker. I'm making a t-shirt and cotton yarn latch hook rug for my bathroom and may have to try it out myself! Shocked)
I needed the mat to be nonslip. Hot glue dries hard. Silicone stays rubbery.
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