Cotton rag rugs offer a functional way to ward of the cold of a hard floor. But their place in bathrooms, entryways and kitchens lead to stains, especially with children running through your home. For busy moms, cleaning your rag rug might be the last thing on your priority list. But to keep your rag rug looking new, wash it by hand or in your washing machine on a regular basis.
1 Shake the rug out to remove dust and debris before cleaning.
2 Check the care tag on your cotton rag rug to ensure it is machine washable. If it is handmade or cannot be washed in a machine, wash it by hand in a large tub or laundry sink with oxygen bleach. Hang it to dry.
3 Spray any bodily fluid stains -- urine, blood or vomit -- with a pretreatment spray containing enzymes and set aside for 15 to 30 minutes.
4 Set your washing machine to hot and add oxygen bleach. Throw in the rug and a few towels to balance the machine and run it on a wash that has a second rinse.
5 Remove the rug from the wash and check to ensure that no stains remain and the rug has no odors; if any stains or odors remain, repeat the washing process.
6 Hang the rug to dry on a clothesline using clothespins to prevent fraying and warping.